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Democracy Day: Nigerians react as Buhari names Abuja National Stadium after MKO Abiola

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Nigerians on social media have reacted to the renaming of the Abuja National Stadium as MKO Abiola Stadium.

DAILY POST had reported that Buhari renamed the Abuja National Stadium as MKO Abiola Stadium during the Democracy Day celebration at Eagle Square on Wednesday.

Reacting, while some Nigerians commended Buhari for honouring MKO Abiola, even as others lamented the present state of the Abuja National Stadium.

Here are some comments gathered by DAILY POST from Twitter:

@chrireccollins, “PMB renamed a dilapidated, abandoned and non-functional Abuja stadium after MKO Abiola and people are happy, same people that almost killed GEJ and protested heavily when he (GEJ) renamed Unilag after MKO.”

@Arogbodovicent, “Eagle Square is more symbolic to democracy than Abuja Stadium.
MKO wasted his life for peanuts.”

@trosky27, “GEJ renamed UNILAG to MAULAG, some asslickers castigated him for doing so that that’s not a good way to honour Abiola. Buhari renamed Abuja stadium after Abiola and these same ass lickers are singing his praise. So Abiola is now honoured by naming a dead stadium after him?”

@davidokuson, “Just heard Buhari name Abuja stadium after MKO Abiola. Is it not the same abandoned stadium where cow are grazing, maybe this would make them give the necessary attention to the once magnificent stadium.”

@Damocleansword, “Renaming the Abuja Stadium after Abiola is good. Posthumously declaring him President-Elect and letting history reflect that would be much better.”

@abidounadeniran1, “Which would have been more appreciated The University of Lagos named after him or the Abandoned Abuja stadium.”

@Diegowhykay, “So they want to finally useless and forget D mighty Moshood Abiola name by naming the Useless Abuja Stadium after him. When last did a national football match or event occurred here.?”

@pamitimothy, “And you want us to celebrate that? What’s the importance of Abuja stadium to sporting activities in Nigeria presently? When was the last time the stadium hosted the super eagles. It’s better you don’t name anything after him than that dead stadium.”

@Fk149, “Nice gesture to Rename Abuja National Stadium after #MKOAbiola. But Pls can @MBuhari also make sure the Abuja Stadium is in proper shape. The Stadium cant even host Super Eagles matches because of its terrible state.”

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Yahaya Bello vs Wada: Voting materials arrive Kogi East Senatorial District

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Kogi State governorship election sensitive materials have arrived in all the nine local government headquarters in Kogi East Senatorial District, DAILY POST reports.

Voting sensitive materials, which were heavily guarded by security operatives, arrived at each local government in white colour pick up van belonging to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

In Abejukolo, the headquarter of Omala Local Government, the materials were delivered at the newly built INEC local government office behind the Post Office.

The materials were driven into the waiting vans detailed for onward movement to the various ward headquarters.

When our correspondent called Bassa, Ankpa, Ofu, Idah, Dekina local government INEC officials, it was confirmed that materials arrived around 4pm.

DAILY POST could not confirm arrival of sensitive materials from INEC officials at Olamaboro, Igalamela, but some stakeholders who spoke to our correspondent confirmed arrival, except Ibaji, which could not be confirmed at the time of this report.

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Presidential election: Supreme Court under fire over reasons given for dismissing Atiku’s appeal

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The Coalition of United Political Party, CUPP, has expressed shock at the reasons provided by the Supreme Court for dismissing the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar ,challenging an earlier ruling by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal which upheld the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

CUPP said with the judgement, Nigeria’s democracy and electoral process have been set back to the dark age.

According to the political parties, the reasons given by the court on Friday were delivered outside the statutory 60 days, making it null and void.

In a statement signed by Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, its National Publicity Secretary, and made available to DAILY POST on Friday, the Nigerian opposition coalition said it “is shocked at the reason the Supreme Court has given in the appeal filed by the consensus opposition candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

“Nigerians are all aware when Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa failed and neglected to appoint a replacement into the Court of Appeal Panel when she recused herself until our candidate’s lawyers complained about the delay and the injury it would occasion.

“Nigerians are also aware that our candidate and his Party were also given only 10 days to call their witnesses to prove their case.

“Nigerians are aware that our candidate listed at least 400 witnesses but was only able to call 62 within the time allowed.

“Nigerians are also aware that even when INEC refused to summon any witnesses, our client applied to the Court to be allowed to use the time allotted to INEC to call more witnesses, the Appeal Court refused to grant this extra time.

“The Supreme Court also refused this application for extra time.

“Hence it is strange that the Supreme Court will declare that our candidate would have needed to call at least 250, 000 witnesses to prove his case. Has this pronouncement not set the bar for the minimum number of witnesses needed to prove a Presidential election in the Appeal Court?

“Can the Supreme Court look back soberly on the reasons it gave today just to keep a tyrant in office and be glad it delivered the judgment it did?

“Our nation’s democracy and electoral processes have been set back to the dark ages.

“The Constitution, Electoral Act and the Supreme Court had always been in agreement on the powers of the INEC to set guidelines and the need for the guidelines to be obeyed since the power to set such guidelines were constitutional, the Supreme Court has in the reasons given in the judgment by implication nullified the powers of INEC to make guidelines as the Form CF001 wherein a demand for producing credentials have been nullified by the Court. Indeed the Court has held that seeking the highest office in the land requires the least possible qualification in the land. How absurd.

“The judgment of the Court of Appeal was delivered on the 11th September 2019. The Supreme Court today the 15th November, 2019 gave reasons for its decision on 30th October, 2019. However, going by the judgment of the same Supreme Court delivered in the case of PDP V. ROCHAS OKOROCHA & ORS. (SC.17/2012) where the Supreme Court analyzed the position of the law on giving the reasons outside the stipulated 60 days provided by the Constitution, the judgment of the Supreme Court delivered today is null and void and of no effect.

“Today, 15th November, 2019 is the 64th day since the judgment of the Court of Appeal. How then can this be a valid judgment? In all their efforts, they could not still comply with the law.

“Interestingly, the current Chief Justice of Nigeria was on the panel in the case cited above and he agreed with it. Yet today he has presided over the violation of the same position.

“The Supreme Court has now by this action today, rewritten the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as Amended.

“While we urge Nigerians to remain peaceful and law-abiding, we enjoin them to remain vigilant as we patiently watch out for this affliction that has befallen a nation. Power is ephemeral, it shall soon pass and Nigeria will return to the path of greatness again.”

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Kogi guber: Jonathan’s ex-aide, Omokri attacks Aisha Buhari

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Reno Omokri, former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, has berated Aisha Buhari, wife of President Muhanmadu Buhari for urging the people of Kogi State to forgive their governor, Yahaya Bello.

Omokri said Aisha Buhari should forgive the family of her husband’s nephew, Mamman Daura, if she wants people of Kogi State to forgive Bello, who is owing salaries.

Mrs Buhari had made the appeal on Thursday during the All Progressives Congress (APC) rally held in the state, ahead of the governorship election slated to hold on November 16, 2019.

She assured the residents that salaries will be paid in the state following the President’s intervention.

Aisha urged the citizens to forget Bello’s wrongdoings in the state, adding that they will not be disappointed if they vote for him.

However, Omokri in a tweet on Friday wrote: “If @AishaMBuhari wants Kogi people to forgive Yahaya Bello, who has not paid them salary for years (not months), then she should also forgive Mamman Daura and his family and invite them back to Aso Rock. What is good for Kogi should be good for Aisha!”

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