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Aisha Buhari speaks on collapse building in Lagos

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The Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has commiserated with the families of victims of the recent building collapse in Itafaaji, Lagos.

Buhari, in a condolence message sent through her Twitter handle on Friday, prayed to God to grant the families the fortitude to bear the loss.

‘‘My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims, especially innocent children who died and some who are still trapped in the rubble of the collapsed building in Itafaji, Lagos.

‘‘I pray the state government and the rescue agencies are able to save more children,” she said.

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Ajimobi: I Don’t Want To Be Minister Under Buhari, Prefer To Be Senator

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A former governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, says he prefers to be a senator in Nigeria to being a minister.

His reasons are not farfetched.

Fielding questions from journalists in Ibadan, the ex-governor infamous for his ‘constituted authority’ statement explained why he would want to be a federal lawmaker in the senate and not a minister under President Muhammadu Buhari.

“I hold President Muhammadu Buhari in high esteem. I will actually prefer a younger person to be considered for the ministerial slot since I am pursuing my senatorial ambition,” he stated.

He added, “I am in court for my senatorial election. I only expressed my preference that I am in court because I prefer the Senate.




“How can I be pursuing the Senate and ministerial appointment at the same time? I prefer the Senate.”

Ajimobi, however, pointed out that President Buhari had not offered him any ministerial appointment, noting that it was a reason he was committed to the petition the All Progressives Congress filed against Senator Kola Balogun at the tribunal.

Balogun, who contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was declared the winner of the Oyo South senatorial district election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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Atiku Gets 55 Cartons Of Documents From INEC As He Closes His Case Today

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Ahead of Friday’s sitting, the Independent National Electoral Commission has produced the documents which the presidential election petitions tribunal, in Abuja called for on Wednesday at the instance of the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

The documents which were packed in 55 cartons would be the last to be presented to the tribunal as the petitioners are expected to close their case on Friday.

However, only 58 out of its proposed 400 witnesses had been called as of Wednesday which happened to be the ninth of the ten days given to the petitioners by the tribunal to present their case.

The petitioners are, by their petition, challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress at the February 23 poll.

The tribunal of five judges led by Justice Mohammed Garba had on Wednesday ordered INEC to produce the documents by noon on Thursday.

This followed the complaints by the petitioners that the subpoenas issued and served on INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, and the commission’s resident electoral commissioner in Zamfara State to produce the documents had not been complied with.

The tribunal had on Wednesday adjourned the case until Friday, but the counsel to the PDP and Atiku, Chris Uche (SAN), attended the Thursday’s proceedings scheduled for hearing in respect of other petitions filed by the Hope Democratic Party and the Peoples Democratic Movement.

Uche said his presence in court was to ensure INEC’s compliance with the Wednesday’s order of the tribunal.

At about the time the five-man panel was to recede to chambers to write a ruling in respect of PDM’s petition, Uche informed the bench of his intention in court on Thursday.

In reaction, Justice Garba asked for update from INEC’s lawyer, Yunus Usman (SAN).

Replying, Usman informed the tribunal that the “documents had been substantially produced.

“It is a very tedious task, but we have to obey the court’s order,” he stated.

Within the period of the one-hour break observed by the members of the tribunal, INEC officials had brought in a total of 55 boxes of documents into the court room.

When the tribunal resumed sitting, INEC’s lawyer informed the panel that the order of the court had been complied with.

Pointing to the cartons of documents lined up in the courtroom, Usman said since the order of court was not for INEC officials on whom the subpoenas were earlier served to testify, the Director of Legal Services, Mrs Oluwatoyin Babalola, was present to represent the commission.

He also said there was a cover letter signed by the secretary to INEC, Mrs. Rose Orianran-Anthony, accompanying the documents.

He noted that the request by the petitioners for result sheets for the national assembly rerun election in Zamfara State were not available as no such election was conducted.

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Buhari vs Atiku: PDP tenders 1,353 result sheets at presidential tribunal

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Friday tendered a total of 1,353 result sheets at the ongoing presidential election petitions tribunal sitting in Abuja.

Counsel to PDP and its 2019 presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, Chris Uche told the tribunal that the result sheets comprised of EC8As and EC8Bs from 11 states.

EC8A is the final result for a polling unit while EC8B is the final result at the ward level.

Uche told the tribunal that the EC8As are 1,266 and the EC8Bs are 87 in number.

“We have EC8As and Bs. The EC8As are 1,266 and the EC8Bs are 87 in number.

“We have 38 receipts as payments for the documents,” he said.

But counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Yunus Usman objected to admission of the documents as evidence.

He contended that the reason for objecting to the admission of the result sheets would be contained in their final written address.

“We object to the admissibility of these documents. [Reasons] will be in our final address,” he said.

Lateef Fagbemi, counsel of the All Progressives Congress (APC), also objected to the admission of the documents.

“We object and reason for our objection will be till the end of time in this case,” he said.

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