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Presidential election: Tribunal rules on HDP candidate’s petition to be declared President

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The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal has again dismissed the petition filed by the presidential candidate of the Hope Democratic Party (HDP), Ambrose Owuru, to declare him President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Justice Mohammed Garba delivered the ruling on Thursday.

Justice Garba dismissed the petition on the ground that the petition raised issues that the tribunal lacked the powers to adjudicate on, Channels TV reports.

The tribunal held that the petition of Owuru is unknown to law and lacks constitutional backing.

The tribunal further said that the petition is an aberration that constitutes an abuse of court process.

Owuru had in his petition claimed that the failure of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct the Presidential Election on February 16 forced his party to conduct a referendum through which Nigerians elected him as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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What Buhari told lawmakers in Katsina

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President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday in Daura told Katsina State lawmakers that leadership entails earning the trust of the people who voted you into office and consistently staying the path of honesty and fairness at all times,

Receiving the leadership of the State House of Assembly led by the Speaker, Tasiu Musa Maigari, Buhari said the essence of contesting elections was to serve the people, and political actors must always remain loyal, dedicated and focused on delivering on their promises.

“Having been chosen by your people to lead, you must ensure that you remain trustworthy. Ensure fairness at all times.

“Leadership at home, community or national level is a heavy responsibility. And it must be discharged with fairness, firmness and justice,’ the President said.

He urged the lawmakers to be selfless, visionary and committed to meeting the needs of the electorate while minding their constitutional responsibilities.

In his remark, the Speaker thanked the President for providing leadership at the national level, and setting a standard on integrity and forthrightness for others to emulate.

Maigari assured the President that the Katsina House of Assembly will continue to support his policies, and ensure a trickling down in the state to favour their various constituencies.

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El-Zakzaky: Tight security in Abuja amid IMN leader’s return from India

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Following the return of Shi’a leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, from a controversial medical trip to India on Friday, security has been beefed up in Abuja to forestall a possible breakdown of law and order by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN.

A detachment of security personnel were sighted patrolling the Nigeria capital city, even as there is a visible presence of Police, Army, Civil Defence Corps personnel as well as those in mufti believed to be men of the Department of State Services (DSS).

DAILY POST correspondent was also in Wuse II Abuja at noon on Friday, where hefty-looking police officers were seen in clusters fully armed for any eventualities around Banex Plaza which is a commercial nerve centre of the capital city.

A Police officer, who spoke with DAILY POST but declined to disclose his name, said, “Banex Plaza has been a flash-point of Shiites protesters”, adding that the IMN has been proscribed and they shouldn’t be any protest in that name.

“We read in the media of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) otherwise known as Shiites accusing the government of Nigeria of their leader’s sudden return to Nigeria from India,” he told this newspaper under anonymity.

In a statement made available to AREWA.NG, in Abuja by the IMN spokesman, Ibrahim Musa on Thursday, the group accused the federal government of Nigeria of complicity in the treatment of the controversial Shi’a leader at the India hospital he was granted leave by the court to go for treatment.

Part of the statement read: “The impasse was sequel to refusal of the Sheikh to succumb to imposition of Medical treatment by the Nigerian security forces in collaboration with their Indian colleagues.

“The Nigerian government’s interference and scuttling of the whole process rather than supervision as ordered by the court is the direct cause of the impasse.

“The government never wanted the medical leave in the first place, and did whatever to stop it by all means possible.

“The Islamic Movement is completely not happy with the latest development, and we strongly believe any peace loving person in Nigeria feels the same.

“The government left no one in doubt that it never wanted the Sheikh to go for the medical treatment in the first place.

“They opposed the application in court. When the order went against them, they indicated their desire to appeal against it.

“When that wasn’t going to stop the journey, they attempted to prevent it via introduction of stringent conditions that were not put in place by the court.

“Having failed to stop using all these methods, they exploited the clear direction to “supervise” and went ahead to obstruct the medical treatment in New Delhi, India.

“Why would the Sheikh trust a government that killed thousands of his supporters including his sons, shot him and his wife and further exposed them to heavy metal poisoning?

“We pray to almighty Allah to continue to protect him from the enemies of peace, who were behind the Zaria genocide of December, 2015 and the subsequent extreme persecution and torture he is being subjected to.

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Police speak on Inspector’s alleged insult of Buhari, Osinbajo, IGP

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The Yobe State Police Command has disowned the unprofessional and indiscipline conduct of Inspector Sunday U. Japhet over a derogatory Facebook post he titled: ‘Nigeria with a President who wants to Fight to Corruption and Tackle Insecurity’.

A statement released and made available to DAILY POST by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Abdulmalik Abdulhadeez stated that the write up was meant to deceive and misinform the public.

“The write-up is apparently intend as to deceive or misinform the general public including members of the Nigeria Police Force especially the visiting Police Mobile Force Units in Special Duty in the North East.

“It is evidently clear that the said Inspector (Sunday U. Japhet) wanted to incite the visiting units to mutiny against a constitutional authority”, ASP Abdulhafeez said.

The Command via the PPRO described part of Japhet’s post as a baseless lies that the police high command deposited the allowance of the personnel in some secret accounts in order to share the acquire interest.

“It is on record that, the Federal Government is operating Treasury Single Account (TSA) that made it impossible to divert any fund.

“Furthermore, all payments are directly paid into the Private Bank Account of all personnel from the office of the Accountant General of the Federation”, Abdulhafeez explained.

The Command’s spokesman added that the Inspector General of Police has been working assiduously to ensure the timely payment of allowances of personnel nationwide.

Inspector Japhet is a mobile force from 8 Squadron, Jos, and he was on special duty serving in Dapchi, Bursari local government area of Yobe state.

AREWA.NG, had reported that Yobe State Police Command had arrested Inspector Sunday U. Japhet for allegedly posting disrespectful comments against President Buhari, Vice President Osinbajo and Inspector General of Police Adamu via his Facebook page.

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