The Federal High Court’s decision to rule that Timipre Sylva, the All Progressives Congress’s candidate in the upcoming governorship election, is ineligible will be appealed, according to the APC in Bayelsa State.
After being sworn in twice and serving as the state’s governor for five years, Justice Donatus Okorowo determined on Monday that Sylva would violate the 1999 constitution’s amendments if she were permitted to run again.
But the party maintained that the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) lawsuit was in violation of the Electoral Act in a statement released on Tuesday by Perry Tukuwei, its director of media and publicity for the APC Bayelsa Governorship Campaign Council.
The Federal High Court’s decision will be overturned by the Court of challenge, the Party asserted. “The Party has briefed its lawyers to appeal the judgement,” it stated.
“Do not be alarmed, dear Bayelsans! Chief Timipre Sylva should be elected as the next governor of Bayelsa State, notwithstanding this covert PDP agenda.
Here is the whole statement:
The Bayelsa All Progressives Congress Gubernatorial Campaign Council has reassured Bayelsians that their nominee for governor, Chief Timipre Sylva, will win by a landslide on November 11, 2023, and be sworn in on February 14, 2024.
This assurance follows a Federal High Court in Abuja’s already-failed attempt to dash Bayelsans’ hopes of having their preferred candidate, Chief Timipre Sylva, as the next helmsman at Creek Haven by February 14, 2024, with a judgment that has the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate written all over it.
According to Sections 29 and 84 of the 2022 Electoral Act, only individuals who participated in a political party’s primary process have the legal right to challenge the eligibility of the party’s candidate in any election. As a result, the lawsuit brought by Chief Demesuoyefa Kolomo, who is not a member of the All Progressives Congress and did not participate in our party’s governorship primary process, lacks the legal right to bring the case.
The 1999 Nigerian Constitution, Section 285, requires any party who feels wronged to file an election matter within 14 days of the event; however, this case was filed on June 13, 2023, after INEC had already announced the names of the candidates for governor of Bayelsa, IMO, and Kogi on May 12, 2023. As a result, the lawsuit was brought after the constitutionally required 14 days had passed, rendering it time-barred. The fact that the court ignored the fact that the plaintiff lacked locus standi to suit and still decided in their favor astounds the parties and Bayelsans.
In addition, the Supreme Court has established a rule requiring that all pre-election cases be heard in the state where the primary were held. The complaint was filed in Abuja so they could finish their nefarious deed. Is Abuja in Bayelsa?
After realizing that our governorship candidate Chief Timipre Sylva is already coasting to victory thanks to widespread support in the state’s eight local government areas, the Bayelsa All Progressives Congress can smell the move by Governor Douye Diri to enter through the back door, which is his custom.
The Party has instructed its attorneys to file an appeal of the decision and is sure that the Court of Appeal will reverse the Federal High Court’s decision.
Do not be alarmed, dear Bayelsans! Chief Timipre Sylva should be elected as the next governor of Bayelsa State, despite the PDP’s covert plan, which should not weaken voter determination.
Tinubu’s latest appointment sets a new record.
President Bola Tinubu has continued his history of appointing young people to positions of leadership in his administration by naming Imam Ibrahim Kashim Imam as chairman of the board of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA).
Imam was born on December 27, 1998, making him the Tinubu administration’s youngest head of a government department at the age of 24.
He earned a first-class degree in mechanical engineering from Brighton University in the United Kingdom, as well as a Masters degree from the University of Sussex.
Imam finished his mandatory national duty in August 2022.
He is the son of Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, a former PDP chieftain in Borno state.
On Friday, AIT reported the appointment of Imam, along with ten other FERMA board members.
In Bauchi, police defeat 67 kidnappers and free 29 captives.
On Monday, Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed reported that security personnel had killed 60 alleged kidnappers and freed 29 captives in the state’s Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area.
This was said by Mohammed during a sympathetic visit to the bandit-attacked Lere community.
He said that the police, vigilantes, and hunters worked together to accomplish the achievement.
“I’m here to congratulate you, thank you on behalf of the Bauchi State government and people, and to say that what you did shown bravery, perseverance, character, and community involvement.
Additionally, he stated, “I want to congratulate the Commissioner of Police and other security services for guaranteeing the rule of engagement in this exercise and for stamping an authority over it. I will continue to support you.
The governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to safeguarding people’s lives and property in the state, claiming that the level of insecurity in the state had grown alarming.
Mohammed also gave local security organizations 30 motorcycles and N10 million.
Additionally, the state’s police commissioner, Mr. Awwal Muhammad, stated that the Command would improve coordination with sister security organizations to guarantee a society free from crime.
He claimed that security personnel neutralized the bandits and freed some captives, ensuring the release of the remaining abducted people.
Alhaji Jamilu Bawa, the Ward Head of the Lere community, also spoke and praised the act, saying the vigilante would chase away kidnappers and other criminals from the region.
The withdrawal of fuel subsidy causes hardships and lowers citizens’ incomes.
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Godwin Kwalbe, a university dean, has cautioned government officials at all levels against taking a superficial approach to ending the multifaceted poverty that affects a substantial portion of the population of the nation.
The suggestion was given by Kwalbe, a lecturer in the history department at Kaduna State University, to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja.
He claimed that the palliative approach to combating poverty gave the impression that the suffering brought on by the nation’s spiraling poverty was only temporary.
He said that the withdrawal of fuel subsidies did not result in hardship or poverty but rather merely pushed people farther into it.
The instructor made the point that more than half of the population was structurally impoverished, with many people being born into poverty and maybe living there forever.
In an effort to combat poverty, he pointed out that the Federal Government has introduced a number of palliative programs.
Some of the programs he named included the COVID-19 palliatives, economic stimulus packages like market moni, conditional cash transfers, public works programs, school food programs, and the present fuel subsidy palliatives.
However, he asserted that the programs, with the exception of the conditional cash transfer program, were created just to mitigate the effects of poverty rather than to combat it.
According to him, the palliatives in this situation are only acting as numbing agents and are not treating the underlying reasons of the pain.
He suggested that the federal, state, and local governments start afresh and develop well-organized social welfare and social protection programs.
He clarified that social protection included all of the policies and initiatives required to lessen the long-term effects of poverty and marginalization.
Kwalbe stated that the social protection programs ought to target the underemployed, seniors, PwDs, and other weak and vulnerable groups in particular.
He continued by saying that PwDs and older folks in particular should be given lifetime monthly allowances.
“Having our elderly parents stand in line with children and battle for a pittance in the name of palliatives is definitely contrary to the African value system.
“The pictures and videos of kids knocking down elderly parents while giving out palliatives are embarrassing for our wonderful country.
“The conversation regarding palliatives shouldn’t be discussed in isolation from the compensation package for public employees.
According to our African tradition, paying a civil servant’s wage entails covering the costs of many members of the extended family.
Because of the current national difficulty, he stated, “the government cannot be insensitive to the calls for an upward review of wages.”
CJN Bemoans Consistent Upsurge In Political Cases
Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, has expressed worry over the sizable number of cases judges are required to handle each day, particularly those with a political bent.
During the swearing-in of recently appointed Justices of the Court of Appeal in Abuja on Wednesday, Justice Ariwoola made a statement.
In addition, the CJN stated that fewer lawsuits and a stronger focus on alternative dispute resolution procedures would lighten the pressure on the judges and help save precious resources.
In addition to court administrators, the president of the Court of Appeal, members of the outer and inner bar, and other senior government officials were present at the Supreme Court with the nine newly appointed Justices of the Court of Appeal.
The top judge gave the jurists advice on how to protect their good name and avoid temptations that can come with tasty gifts.
The swearing-in of nine justices increases the number of judges from 71 to 80, in accordance with the practice directive of the Court of Appeal, which grants the appellate court 90 justices.
According to Abbas, Reps will work to give traditional rulers constitutional roles.
The Green Chamber would endeavor to ensure that traditional rulers have constitutional roles, according to House of Representatives Speaker Abbas Tajudeen, who made the announcement on Saturday.
According to Abbas, the crucial functions that traditional rulers perform in society have made this necessary.
When the Speaker made his first trip to Zaria in Kaduna State, he spoke at the palace of the Emir of Zazzau, Nuhu Bamalli.
Abbas, who goes by the traditional name Iyan Zazzau, is now serving as the fourth representative for the Zaria Federal Constituency.
Abbas emphasized the value of traditional institutions during his visit to the emir’s palace and asked for their inclusion in the 1999 Constitution.
“Today, I want to promise something to you. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Musa Krishi, the Speaker stated, “I remember around three years ago when we did zonal hearings on constitutional reform, you made suggestions regarding the necessity for traditional rulers to have constitutional functions.
“Let me reassure you that we now have the chance. We will review that plan again so that our traditional leaders will have recognized constitutional positions, with me serving as the Speaker. I am your son.
“We’re also here to enlist the help of all the traditional institutions in the North and around the nation. We also want your guidance on how to be successful leaders. Please be frank with us when we make mistakes. I ask for the Zazzau Emir’s and the Emirate’s citizens’ support.
In his statement, the emir claimed that most politicians abandon established institutions as soon as they win elections.
Politicians worry that we want to create a second level of government. However, that is untrue. At several levels, we have presented our argument. “Despite our meetings with the Senate President, the then-Speaker, and the then-Chief of Staff to the President, nothing was done about the bill,” Emir Bamalli continued.
The Emir urged the legislators to “dust the bill and work on it once more,” stressing that “all we want is for the bill to be passed without opposition. We anticipate the Legislature will examine this right away.