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Anxiety As Tribunal Adjourns Nsima Ekere, Emmanuel Udom’s Judgment

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The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Tuesday, adjourned for judgment in the petition filed by candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nsima Ekere, challenging the declaration of Udom Emmanuel of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as winner of the governorship election in the state.

This was after all the parties in the matter adopted their written addresses.
Counsel for the petitioner, J. S. Okutekpa (SAN) in his address urged the Tribunal to upturn the declaration of Emmanuel as winner, as he did not score the highest lawful votes cast during the election.

He said the election was marred with irregularities.

He also asked the Tribunal to dismiss the addresses by counsel to the respondents, Emmanuel, PDP and INEC, for failing to file their written addresses within their allotted time, stating that their documents failed to comply with rules of admissibility.

“We urge that all their replies should be struck out based on the grounds that they did not fall within the point of law, because they filed in a flagrant violation of the right of time which must be on the point of law only.

“My Lord, I rely on all the authorities cited by us in this petition, and in the interest of justice, I urge this Tribunal to nullify the election of Emmanuel on several grounds that we have elaborated in our petition, including none accreditation”, said Okutepa.

However, Chief Onyekachi Okpeazu (SAN), counsel to Gov. Emmanuel, urged the Tribunal to dismiss the petition.

He drew the attention of the Tribunal to the judgement of the Supreme Count in SC/409/2019 PDP and Anor v. INEC and Ors delivered on the 24th May, 2019, saying the petitioner has not shown sufficient grounds to upturn the election of Emmanuel.

Tayo Oyetibo (SAN), counsel to the second respondent (PDP), urged the Tribunal to expunge the documents challenged by the second petitioner (APC). He pleaded with the Tribunal to dismiss the petition for being vague in totality. He cited additional authorities in support of his position.

Sylva Ogwemo (SAN), counsel to INEC prayed the court to uphold their argument, discountenance the argument of the petitioners and dismiss the petition, because of the apparent, unclear, irreconcilable contradictions in the petition.

He, with the leave of the Tribunal, held that an analysis of facts leading to a conclusion in Law is a point of Law.

After listening to the submissions of counsel, the Tribunal thanked all parties for their peaceful conduct during the hearing and subsequently adjourned till a date to be communicated to them for judgment.

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From Boardroom To Politics, Ex-First Bank Boss Eyes Oyo Governor’s Seat

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Adesola Adeduntan, the erstwhile Managing Director of First Bank has been named as one of the would-be successors of the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde come 2027.

 

The banker who was allegedly eased out of banking for some undisclosed misdemeanors is claimed to have began consultations as he charts a new path in politics.

 

Sources hinted that Adeduntan had been interested in an elective position but his participation was measured because of his banking career. But now, the coast is clear and he is already aligning himself with some stakeholders ahead of 2027.

 

A list of names including Ilaji boss, Dotun Sanusi, Taofeek Arapaja, Stanley Olajide and many more has features as interested minds gunning for the number one seat in Oyo, a list Adeduntan has recently joined.

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Ex First Bank Boss, Afonja Dies In Auto Crash

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-Femi Bamgbose

 

Details have emerged on Monday, 20th May, 2024 regarding the tragic death of a former Chairman of First Bank Plc, Ajibola Afonja.

 

The 82 year-old man was said to have died in a car accident.

 

The accident occurred somewhere around Oyo town.

 

Sources hinted papermacheonline that the former Minister popularly known by his company name ‘IDS’ Integrated Dimensional System was rushed to the University College Hospital, Ibadan where he eventually gave up the ghost.

 

The news spread like wildfire within the society circle across Oyo State where Afonja was highly revered.

 

Family sources claimed he would be buried today according to Islamic rites.

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‘How Yahaya Bello Withdrew Almost $1M From Kogi Account To Pay Child’s School Fees’ EFCC boss, Olukoyede

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The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ola Olukoyede, has revealed that a former governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, transferred $720,000 from the government’s coffers to a bureau de change before leaving office to pay in advance for his child’s school fee.

 

Olukoyede revealed this during an interview with journalists on Tuesday in Abuja.

 

He said, “A sitting governor, because he knows he is going, moved money directly from government to bureau de change, used it to pay the child’s school fee in advance, $720,000 in advance, in anticipation that he was going to leave the Government House.

 

“In a poor state like Kogi, and you want me to close my eyes to that under the guise of ‘I’m being used.’ Being used by who at this stage of my life?”

 

 

Olukoyede further stated that he personally reached out to Bello, offering him a chance to clarify the situation in a respectful setting within the EFCC office but the ex-governor reportedly declined to cooperate, citing fears of harassment from an unnamed woman.

 

The EFCC boss added, “I didn’t initiate the case; I inherited the case file. I called for the file, and I said there are issues here.

 

“On my own, I called him, which I am not supposed to do, just to honour him as an immediate past governor. ‘Sir, there are issues. I’ve seen this case file. Can you just come let us clarify these issues?’

 

 

“He said, ‘Ha! Thank you, my brother. I know, but I can’t come. There’s one lady that has surrounded EFCC with over 100 people to come and embarrass me and intimitade me.’

 

Bello was said to have suggested that the EFCC come to his village rather than conduct an investigation at the agency’s quarters.

 

“I said if that is the issue, I’m going to pass you through my own gate, and you will come to my floor. We will accord you that respect. I will invite my operatives; they will interrogate and interview you in my own office. What could be more honourable than that to allay the fear?

 

“You know what he said: ‘Thank you, sir, but can’t they come to my village? Olukoyede added.

 

The chairman also highlighted the agency’s achievements during his tenure, stating, “We have recovered close to 120 billion and secured over 1,600 convictions in six months.

 

“I’m so passionate about the need for us to move forward in this country. We need the EFCC to survive. There are so many victims that we have wiped tears off their eyes, people that have been swindled in their millions. Every day, we keep recovering money for victims.”

 

PUNCH Online reports that the EFCC chairman, Olukoyede, has vowed to resign from his position if Yahaya Bello is not prosecuted.

 

The EFCC is seeking to arraign Bello on 19 counts bordering on alleged money laundering, breach of trust, and misappropriation of funds to the tune of N80.2 billion.

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