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Presidential Election Tribunal throws out Buhari, INEC’s request

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The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, on Thursday, struck out an application filed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and President Muhammadu Buhari, seeking a dismissal of the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM).

PDM’s candidate, Aminchi Habu, and his party are challenging their exclusion from the February 23 presidential election.

They are asking the tribunal to nullify the poll and order the conduct of a fresh one which would include them.

INEC and Buhari, being the second respondent, had asked the tribunal to dismiss and strike out the petition filed by the PDM on the grounds that it did not file for notice of pre-trial within the seven days after the close of pleading as stipulated by law.

Delivering ruling, the tribunal dismissed the two applications for being unmeritorous.

The panel held that findings from its own record showed that the application of petitioners was actually made a day after pleadings were closed in the petition.

The tribunal held that pleadings closed on April 29 with the last reply of the 1st respondent, while the petitioners had applied for the notice of pre-hearing on April 30, “well within the 7 days provided by law”.

“The petition cannot be deemed to have been abandoned. Application is lacking in merit, it is accordingly refused and dismissed,” Justice Mohammed Garba held.

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Debt: AMCON Takes Over Donald Duke’s Ikoyi Home

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The Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, has ordered the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria and United Bank for Africa to take over a property belonging to a former governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke.

Justice Chuka Obiozor made the order following an ex parte application filed by AMCON and UBA.

The property was to be forfeited over an alleged debt of N537,334,360.77.

Listed as first to third defendants were Stonehedge Investment Limited, Donald Duke and Owunari Bob-Manuel Duke, respectively.

The applicants had prayed the court for “an order of interim attachment, possession and custody of the property being No. 3, Temple Road, Ikoyi, Lagos”.

They told the court that the property was mortgaged by Duke “as collateral in securing the 1st respondent’s indebtedness to the applicants”.

They urged the court to grant them possession of the property “pending the institution and disposal of proceedings for recovery of debt against the respondent, pursuant to Section 49 of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria Act 2010 (as amended)”.

They also prayed the court for an interim Mareva injunction to take possession of funds in the accounts of Duke and others in any bank “pending the institutional and disposal of proceedings for the recovery of a debt of N537,334,360.77 made up of the principal debt and interest against the respondents pursuant to Section 50 of AMCON Act 2010”.

The judge granted the prayers in addition to an order restraining the respondents from “transacting, transferring, changing or howsoever dealing in any manner or interfering with the applicants’ possession” of the Ikoyi property.

The judge ordered AMCON and UBA to ensure service of substantive originating processes on the respondents within 20 days of the making of the order.

He adjourned the case until September 2, 2019

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Alleged N10bn fraud: Ambode’s Chief of Staff speaks on EFCC’s raid

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Chief of Staff to the immediate past Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Samuel Olakunle Ojo, has debunked claim that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, raided his house alongside his former boss, Akinwunmi Ambode, over alleged N9.9 billion fraud.

Ojo added that he was neither involved in any fraud nor his house raided by the anti-graft agency during their visit to Epe.

The anti-graft agency had been investigating the administration of the former governor over alleged N9.9 billion fraud which led to freezing three accounts owned by the State Government.

EFCC freezes N10billion linked to ex-Lagos gov Ambode

In a statement made available to journalists in Lagos on Tuesday by his Media aide, Cornelius Kayode, the former Chief of Staff stressed that the house raided by the agency in Epe did not belong to him.

He maintained that the house raided by the EFCC operatives belongs to the former Personal Assistant to Ambode, Mr. Bunmi Ariyo.

According to him, my boss, Mr. Olakunle Ojo, did not have any personal house in Epe while in office and after leaving office.

“The former Chief of Staff did not build any house in Epe as claimed. The House raided by EFCC belongs to Bunmi Ariyo who was the former governor’s Personal Assistance,” he added.

Ojo, however, urged the public to disregard the claim that his house was among buildings raided by the anti-corruption agency.

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Abba Kyari: Nigerians react as Buhari orders ministers to reach him through Chief of Staff, bars direct contact

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A cross-section of Nigerians has expressed mixed reactions over President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive that ministers should submit any request meant for him to his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.

Buhari also directed the incoming Ministers to direct all executive matters to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha.

The President gave this directive during his closing remarks at the two-day Presidential Retreat for the incoming Ministers at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Some Nigerians, who took to their Twitter handles to react, condemned the directive while others said Buhari was only ensuring that Kyari carried out his responsibilities.

Their reactions gathered by DAILY POST read below:

@Donteewrites: “How will I be a President and I won’t spend at least 2hrs with my Ministers weekly 4 brainstorming session where action plans on different sectors will be discussed and review our progress. This is not even FEC but heart to heart meeting. See people wey go school defend Abba Kyari.”

@ayemojubar: “Buhari handed overall power to Abba Kyari while he runs in the background like a service. I have a question, what about Osinbajo the VP? Is he only relevant in this administration for tourism, visitations and disbursement? A prof, a SAN, a pastor? #Nigeria”

@Babatundequdu13: “Since president Buhari will be too busy to attend to ministers directly I won’t be surprised if he travels out and hands over the country to our prime minister abba kyari. It’s only in Nigeria chief of staff will be more superior than the VP. What’s the job of osinbajo?”

@ApeteAbiodun2: “Abba Kyari is the new Sherriff in town… We love our new Sherriff
#Abba Kyari”

@Donteewrites: The person I pity in this whole stuff is VP Osinbajo. How sure are we that Osinbajo is not reporting to Abba Kyari?? It’s messy…. Ministers should report to Abba Kyari but when it’s time for Tradermoni they will send Osinbajo and not Kyari. Sad stuff… Very Sad!”

@Taiwo16556987: Abba Kyari news and how many of us handle it here, confirmed most of we youth are hopeless

“Many of us just talk politics without understanding the fundamental of it. Educated youths come here to rubbish their education. If you don’t know what a chief of staff means google it.”

@obi_Nwosu: “If you made a deal with President Muhammadu Buhari, did you also make a deal with Chief of Staff Abba Kyari? This 4 year movie will be very interesting.”

@miyen_akeke: “So the correspondences and Ministers Abba Kyari doesn’t want the President to see, he won’t be able to. Here is a President that doesn’t want a direct communication with the people of Nigeria and he just extended that gesture to his Ministers.”

@ayurexars: “From time immemorial, the chief of staff has always been the gate pass to the president of any country.
Some are even asking why not the vice-president? The president only asked Abba Kyari to do his job and for the ministers to follow due process. How’s this a problem.”

@Ike_Grandeur: “Wait..ooo, you got employed as a member of the management team and you have no access to your MD yet none of the appointees has resigned?

“Politicians are destroying Nigeria now Abba Kyari is has been appointed the President.”

@ADB_Gombe: “Without Abba Kyari, Buhari is nothing.”

@shamsudeenAY: “Reading opinions about Abba kyari shows you how dumb some Nigerians are. The president advised all meetings request should go through his chief of staff which is a normal procedure in the world. But some stupid thinking people thinks Abba is controlling the president.”

@ChelsTracy: “You’re not educated. Has there even been a time the VP answers to the Chief of Staff? Do you know the VP has his own Chief of Staff? Read and stop being ignorant. As for Abba Kyari that is his function.”

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