The former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo has been affirmed as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA by the Supreme Court on Thursday in Abuja. The court in a unanimous decision by a five-man panel of justices led by Justice Mary Peter Odili, upheld the judgement of the Kano State Division of the Court of Appeal, which validated the November 6, 2021, primary election in Anambra state that produced Soludo.
The Zamfara House of Assembly has suspended two of its members, Yusuf Muhammad (APC) representing Anka and Ibrahim Tukur (APC) representing Bakura for allegedly aiding banditry in the State. The suspension follows adoption of a motion by Yusuf Kanoma (APC), a member representing Maru North on Tuesday, urging the house to suspend the lawmakers over the allegations against them. “One of them is suspected to have supplied information to bandits leading to the death of one of our lawmakers, Muhammad Ahmad, representing Shinkafi Constituency, who was killed on his way to Kano a few months ago. “The other was seen rejoicing after the kidnap of our Speaker’s father, who died in bandits captivity,” Kanoma said.
The Senate has threatened to invoke its constitutional power and force the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Gen. Muhammad Buba Marwa (Rtd.), and the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Munguno, over their repeated failure to honour its invitation on the alleged fraud totaling N3,967,000,000. The Senate is currently scrutinizing queries issued against the NDLEA and the ONSA by the office of the Auditor-General for the Federation. NDLEA has 11 queries of various infractions totaling about N467m while the ONSA was expected to address a case of alleged diversion of N3.5bn meant for the National Automotive Design and Development Council. The Chairman, Senator Mathew Urhoghide expressed displeasure over the alleged refusal of both Marawa and Munguno to appear before the Senate Public Accounts Committee (SPAC). Urhoghide said, we wrote to the NDLEA in 2018 to appear before us but they did not respond despite the fact that they acknowledge the letter. “Another letter was written on February 1, 2021. Thereafter, they only sent written responses; they are supposed to appear physically, they acknowledge the letter and sent a response on March 21.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday, encouraged Nigerians to remain constant and relentless advocates of freedom of worship, respect for human rights, fairness, justice, rule of law because they are fundamental to peace and security. Prof. Osinbajo said though the country currently faced security, economic, religious, and ethnic challenges, the collective vision of a united, peaceful, and prosperous Nigeria remained undefeated, 61 years after independence. Osinbajo stated this at the 61st Independence Anniversary Inter-denominational Church Service, and 45th-anniversary service of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), held at the National Ecumenical Centre, Abuja. The Vice President, who spoke ahead of Nigeria’s independence anniversary on Friday, October 1, said there can be no peace in the country without justice and equity. The former governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, who was also at the event charged clerics to tone down their criticism of leaders to avoid derailing them. The trio spoke as they received the Sapphire Award of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in Abuja weekend.
The Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the All Progressive Congress (APC) chaired by Governor Mai Mala Buni has on Monday inaugurated a National Reconciliation Committee for the party, ahead of its National Convention. Gov. Buni while performing the ceremony in Abuja, explained that the committee was set up to reconcile party members who were aggrieved by the outcome of the party congresses.
The Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KADSIECOM) has postponed the local government elections scheduled to take place on Saturday 4th September to 25th September in four of the 23 local government areas of the state. The elections are however to hold as scheduled on Saturday in the remaining 10 local government areas. In a statement on Friday, the Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Saratu Binta Dikko-Audu, who made the announcement of the postponement, said the decision was informed by the security report. Dr. Dikko-Audu, however, explained that the security operatives would be fully deployed to the affected local government areas on the stated date so as to prevent any breakdown of law and order as well as loss of lives and property. “We are all aware of the recent escalation of the security situation in Kaduna state. I have been reliably informed by security architecture within the state, that security reports in the state would make it impossible to peacefully conduct the local elections in a number of local government areas.