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Why Court Sacks Ibaji APC Lawmaker Atule Egbunu

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The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, ordered the sack of a lawmaker representing Ibaji Constituency of Kogi, Atule Egbunu, on the ground of unlawful nomination by his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a judgment, declared Daniel Enefola of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the lawmaker for the constituency, having polled 4, 564 votes in the Dec. 5, 2020 State House of Assembly by-election.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Egbunu was declared winner of the election having scored the highest votes of 8, 515 votes.

Joseph Enemona, one of the aspirants in the APC State House of Assembly primary, had instituted the suit against the party and four others. push({});

Enemona, who was the plaintiff, had challenged the legality of the Sept. 3, 2020 primary election claimed to have been conducted by his party.

He averred that his party unlawfully excluded six other aspirants from the primary election and also did not allow delegates to vote at the poll.

The plaintiff further asserted that while the law stipulated that the primary election be conducted at the party secretariat in Onyedega, the APC officials allegedly conducted the purported primary election in a mall.

He further contended that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was not given 21 days’ notice before the purported primary election and as required by Section 85 of Electoral Act, 2010.

The plaintiff further hinged his case on the ground that while the APC guidelines stipulated direct primary election, the APC officials manipulated the guidelines and purportedly used indirect system to pick the purported candidate and demanded that the purported nomination of Egbunu be voided and another primary election be conducted.

However, Justice Ekwo, after reviewing submissions by parties in the matter, agreed that the APC did not conduct a primary election known to law.

The judge held that while seven aspirants were to participate in the primary election, the party unlawfully maneuvered the system and made the participation for a single candidate.

He also held that the APC ran foul of the law by conducting the purported primary election outside the party secretariat as required by law.

Ekwo also faulted the purported substitution done between Matthew Oguche and Atule Egbunu on the ground that Oguche was not one of the legitimate aspirant before the election.

The judge, therefore, declared that the purported APC primary election as illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional and subsequently set it aside.

Justice Ekwo said that since the time for primary and nomination had lapsed, the candidate who came second in the Dec. 5, 2020 bye-election should be inaugurated as the lawmaker for Ibaji Constituency.

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What INEC Said About Parties With Violent Congresses..

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has threatened that it may no longer monitor activities of those parties with record of incessant crisis and violent party congresses.

The Commission also threatened to withdraw its staff from monitoring such violent political party meetings.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman (Information and Voter Education Committee), Festus Okoye, in a statement titled, ‘Conduct of acrimonious congresses and primaries by political parties,’ said the level of violence in some of the congresses was making it difficult for the commission to exercise its statutory oversight responsibility. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

He said, “Political parties are reminded that they have a clear obligation to ensure that their congresses and conventions are orderly, democratic and in accordance with extant legal framework.

“This commission will not stand askance and watch party conventions and congresses degenerate into farcical rituals and violent fiascos that threaten lives and destroy property.For the avoidance of doubt, INEC will henceforth reconsider its involvement in these events, should they continue to put lives of members of the public and staff of the commission at risk.

“Henceforth, there will be far-reaching consequences in any situation where party congresses and conventions degenerate into violence and destruction of INEC property. Apart from replacing such destroyed materials, parties may be blacklisted from the receipt of INEC materials for their activities in the future.” 

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40 Persons To Benefit From LG Electronics Free laundry Per Day

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One of the global leaders in consumer electronics, LG Electronics, on Thursday said that no fewer than 40 persons would be benefitting from its free laundry services in Benin.

The free laundry facility, which is situated at 6 Country Home Motel Road, Off Sapele road, Benin, is the fourth laundry centre to be established by the company after Lagos, Port-Harcourt and Kano.

Mr Brian Kang, the General Manager, Home Appliances Division, LG Electronics West Africa operations, told newsmen in Benin that the free laundry centre has the capacity to wash and dry about 500 sets of clothes per day.

He said that the initiative was part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR).

He noted that the centre was designed to improve the living conditions as well as support the daily washing needs of the people in Nigeria adding that the project started in Lagos in 2018.

“This is part of our effort to give back to the communities; LG Electronics has over the years continued to receive commendation from consumers for having their interest at heart by providing cutting edge technological products.

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“The three operational centres have been able to cater for over 24,000 families and washed over 300,000 clothes. This is significant for us as a socially responsive company.

“The wash centre that we are opening here in Benin City today, has the capacity to wash 500 sets of clothes per day for over 40 persons,

“This we believe will go a long way in assisting the people of the state in meeting their washing needs, ” Brian said.

Brian further explained that the washing centres were operating at no cost to the end users and called on the residents of the state to take advantage of the facility.

Also speaking, Mr Hari Elluru, Head of Marketing, LG Electronics West Africa Operations, expressed the determination of the company to lead sustainability through inclusive growth in Nigeria.

Elluru said that the company was also committed to ensuring that the business community enjoyed the best advanced technologically-built electronic products.

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“For us, we believe that ‘Life is Good’ when we share with others. We have remained competitive whilst improving sustainability.

“We have enabled investment and innovation required to deploy new technologies safely and responsibly develop progressive products.

“We understand that doing well is good business and so being able to launch our fourth Free Wash Centre in Benin is a social investment and we are happy to deeply go into and to stay in for as long as possible.

“This is what I truly call giving back to the society because the real beneficiaries of this project are directly the people, whom I believe will utilise it very well to make life better for themselves,” he added.

The representative of Fouani Nigeria Limited, Benin Branch Manager, Mr Hadi Hobballah, said “We are so happy to witness this state-of-the-art free wash centre by our partner, LG Electronics.

“Our customers are extremely appreciative of this kind gesture and we believe this will help them to further keep clean in a way that promotes hygienic living.”

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According to Hobballah, LG Electronics is focused on strategic ways to touch lives and make life better for the people across the globe.

Hobballa further stated that the company would continue to replicate the gesture across strategic places in the country.

Source: NAN

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Slain Abuja Vendor’s Wife Disassociates Self From N500m Lawsuit, Sue For Justice

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Waife of Abuja newspaper vendor killed by a security detail, Mrs Josephine Okereke, has disassociated herself from the N500 million compensation lawsuit.
 
Okereke told newsmen on Thursday in Abuja that she was not privy to the N500 million compensation requested by the family.
 
She said what was paramount now is how to get justice for her late husband.
 
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on Nov. 23, a letter signed by Mr Mike Ozekhome (SAN), counsel to Okereke’s family, had demanded a N500 million compensation from the speaker.
 
The letter also stated that failure to comply with the N500 million demand within seven days would led to legal action against the Speaker.
 
She however said that the Speaker had since reached out to the family with a promise to take care of the children.
 
“Gbajabiamila carried my new born child when he came to our house and said he was not a speaker when he knew my husband.”
 
Okereke said that what she needed at the moment is justice and not N500 million, stressing that she will never be in support of the N500 million compensation.
 
The bereaved wife said the speaker had done what was unexpected of someone in authority with a promise to take care of the children education and other needs.
 
“I was in my house when within 10 minutes my father in-law came from Abia, he went out along with his other son and the next day I heard that my husband’s people are demanding N500 million as compensation.
 
“I was shocked and asked how will they be doing that and how will the speaker help the children again with such demand.
 
“All I want now is that the person that killed my husband to face justice, he was the bread winner of the family and he just secured a job with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.
 
“But COVID-19 prevented him from resuming, it was the Minister, Dr Chris Ngige, that helped him secured the job, but since COVID-19 prevented him from resuming he went back to vendor so as to eke a living,” she said.
 
The 36-year-old mother of two said she was also a vendor when they both met in 2013 and the union had since produced two children.
 
NAN recalls that Ifeanyi Okereke, the vendor was shot in the head on Nov. 19 by a security detail attached toGbajabiamila when the speaker’s convoy passed through the Federal Secretariat.
 
Mr Wilfred Okoye, the Legal Adviser to Newspaper Association of Abuja (NPA), had condemned the death of Okereke by the security aide,  Abdullahi Hassan.
 
In an emotion laden voice, he said Okereke’s death was most painful, adding that the NPA is pained by the gruesome murder of the late vendor.
 
He called for justice to the bereaved family to serve as deterrent to other security details.
 
Okoye commended the speaker for the role played so far in assuaging the feelings of the family, expressing confidence that the Department of State Security that deployed Hassan to the speaker will do the needful.
 
“I have not seen such empathy by people in authority in my 12 years of legal practice, the Speaker should not be discouraged , he should put up the trust fund quickly to secure a future for the children,” said the lawyer.
 
He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take immediate steps that would address overzealous security operatives in the country.(NAN)

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