The decision was made after the panel heard the ex-parte motion filed by Atiku Abubakar, seeking an order granting them access to inspect the electoral materials used for the February 23 polls.
AREWA.NG, recalls that Atiku had demanded that materials used for the February 23 presidential election be inspected.
Justice Abdul Aboki, head of the panel, in delivering its ruling ordered INEC to allow the appellant access to all electoral materials to enable him file and maintain an electoral petition, Channels Tv reports.
However, the court refused prayers 3 to 5 which sort for scanning and forensic audit, stating that a forensic audit does not fall under the terms envisaged by section 151 of the Electoral Act.
Nigerian newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Monday morning
1. A former Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has urged former President Olusegun Obasanjo to say more things he knows about Boko Haram, killer herdsmen and the alleged plot to Islamise Nigeria. He said Obasanjo remains the only politically active southern and Middle Belt leader that understands what is really going on, the grave danger Nigeria is in and what lies ahead. He also attacked former Jigawa governor, Sule Lamido, for attacking Obasanjo and defending President Muhammadu Buhari.
2. The Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC, on Sunday, slammed the minister of transport, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi over his declaration that Ndigbo should forget 2023. In a statement by its National Secretary, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, the OYC said Amaechi was now the chief promoter of injustice. Okwu said it was an insult of the highest order for Amaechi to arrogate to himself the powers he does not have.
3. Former Governor of Jigawa state and Peoples Democratic party chieftain in the country, Sule Lamido has tackle former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo over his recent statements on insecurity in the country. Lamido while responding to the statement said Obasanjo was becoming a bigot due to his disappointment against the sitting president.
4. Staff and students of Kwara State Polytechnic have threatened to stage a peaceful protest over the appointment of a new Rector by the outgoing administration in the state. Mr. Kayode Rafiu, the leader of the students, said this in a statement issued in Ilorin on Sunday. Rafiu said the protest would commence on Tuesday, May 21. He said the protest became necessary due to the alleged “shabby process in the appointment of a new rector for the institution by the outgoing administration.’’
5. Nigeria international striker, Asisat Oshoala has become the first African to score in a UEFA Women’s Champion League final. The Super Falcons attacker came in as an 87th-minute substitute in Saturday’s final. With Lluis Cortes’ side trailing 4-0, the 25-year-old scored in the 89th minute. Her goal was, however, not enough to inspire her team’s fight back.
6. The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Sunday reacted to claim by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed that its 2019 presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar was plotting to overthrow the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government. However, spokesperson of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan said the claim was a sign of desperation by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to hold onto power. Ologbondiyan alleged that APC was plotting to fabricate security accusations against the PDP and Atiku.
7. A senior Pastor of Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Dankade, in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Rev. Zakariah Ido has been kidnapped. Reports claim that the Pastor and 16 others among whom were his daughter and son of the pastor of Assemblies of God Church, were seized by gunmen within the church premises during service on Sunday.
8. At least, fifteen persons have been allegedly killed and some beheaded by suspected cultists in Kono Bo-ue community in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State in a fresh cult clash in the area. Rampaging armed cultists invaded the community, raiding the home of rival cult members, and killing at random.
9. The Edo Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed DanMallam, on Sunday confirmed the killing of a lecturer with the Igbinedion University, Okada, near Benin, by suspected kidnappers. DanMallam said the lecturer, Kelvin Izebeokhai, was killed in an attempt to escape when the victims were being marched into the forest by the kidnappers.
10. Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has assured that the additional four Emirates have come to stay, insisting that, they were created in good faith without any disdainful treatment to anybody or group of individuals. He said this on Sunday while insisting that the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi is no longer the only first-class monarch in the state.
Obasanjo: Buhari supporting Boko Haram to ‘Fulanise’ Nigeria, Islamise Africa – Fani-Kayode
Fani-Kayode stated this while reacting to a statement by former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo that “Boko Haram wants to Fulanise Nigeria and Islamise Africa.”
DAILY POST had reported that former President Olusegun Obasanjo handed the warning at the 2nd session of the Synod held at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Oleh in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State on Saturday.
Obasanjo, who spoke on the topic, “Mobilizing Nigeria’s human& natural resources for national development and stability” also said both Boko Haram and herdsmen acts of violence were not treated as they should at the beginning.
He warned that every insecurity situation in Nigeria must be taken seriously and be addressed at once without favouritism or cuddling.
According to him, “They have both incubated and developed beyond what Nigeria can handle alone. They are now combined and internationalized with ISIS in control.
“It is no longer an issue of lack of education and lack of employment for our youths in Nigeria which it began as, it is now West African fulanization, African Islamization and global organized crimes of human trafficking, money laundering, drug trafficking, gun trafficking, illegal mining and regime change.
“Yet, we could have dealt with both earlier, and nib them in the bud, but Boko Haram boys were seen as rascals not requiring serious attention in administering holistic measures of stick and carrot.”
But reacting, Fani-Kayode, in a tweet on Saturday night, said that President Buhari and his Fulanise herdsmen were “greatest supporters” of Boko Haram.
He said: “Boko Haram wants to Fulanise Nigeria and Islamise Africa”- President Olusegun Obasanjo.
“True. And Buhari and his Fulani herdsmen are their best friends and greatest supporters.”
Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Sunday morning
1. Former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has reacted to alleged withdrawal of billions of Naira from the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, while he was in office.
The former president, who spoke at a meeting organised by the Anglican Community in Abuja on Friday, described the allegation as false and misleading.
2. The federal government on Saturday raised a fresh alarm that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, were working to make Nigeria ungovernable with the intention of overthrowing President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to him, Atiku and the PDP were carrying out acts to undermine the Buhari government just to heat up the polity.
3. A former Governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi, has said that Igbo have no chance of taking over from President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
He said this was simply because the South East voted against Buhari in the 2019 presidential election.
4. The Apex Igbo socio-political organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo on Saturday lambasted the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi for saying the South East can’t produce President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in 2023.
Deputy National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze, Chuks, said Amaechi is not God as such can’t decide the political future of the region.
5. The Commissioner for Information in Kano State, Comrade Mohammed Garba, has offered explanations as to why the Governor of the State, Abdullahi Ganduje, fell apart with the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II.
Garba said that the revered monarch got involved in partisan politics contrary to the tradition of the throne.
6. The Governorship, National and State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal in Benue State has fixed May 28 to commence pre-trial on the only governorship petition before it.
Tribunal secretary, Deborah Musa, who made this disclosure, said that all court processes had been completed and that the pre-trial was set to begin.
7. The Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, has identified crude oil theft, illegal bunkering, pipeline vandalism, illegal refining of petroleum products and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea as challenges still plaguing the Nigeria’s waterways.
The Chief of Defence Staff, therefore, charged the officers to be courageous, morally upright and to be resilient in whatever role they find themselves especially in some of the challenges he highlighted.
8. The Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr Sulaiman Balarabe, has ordered investigations into alleged suicide of a University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) student, Chukwuemeka Ugwuoke.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Ebere Amaraizu, noted that the commissioner had directed the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (CIID) of the command to unravel the mystery behind the suicide incident.
9. The Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has finally filed his defence of five volumes of 1800 pages and also moved to present 203 witnesses who would tell the whole world that there was a free and fair election on 23th March 2019.
Barrister Lawan, Abdullahi who is one of the leading counsels to the Governor, said the PDP’s petition was unnecessary in the first place but since it is filed, they would still have to grapple with losing.
10. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Saturday evening made history in their 6-0 win over Watford in the FA Cup final at Wembley.
Goals from David Silva (1), Raheem Sterling (3), Kevin De Bruyne (1) and Gabriel Jesus (1) ensured Guardiola’s side won the FA Cup title.
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