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Tribunal orders election rerun in Eti Osa Federal Constituency

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Tribunal orders election rerun in Eti Osa Federal Constituency

Tribunal orders election rerun in Eti Osa Federal Constituency

The National Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal, convening at Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos State, has rendered a judgment invalidating Thaddeus Atta’s election victory, representing Eti Osa Federal Constituency on the platform of the Labour Party.

In a late-night ruling delivered on Monday, the tribunal declared the elections inconclusive and instructed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a supplementary election within 90 days in all polling units where voting did not occur.

Bankole Wellington, a renowned Nigerian singer and actor, widely known as Banky W, contested as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate and was declared the runner-up in the February 2023 election. The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Ibrahim Babajide Obanikoro, also filed a petition challenging the election results.

The electoral body had initially declared Thaddeus Atta as the winner with 24,075 votes, while Banky W and Obanikoro garnered 18,668 and 16,901 votes, respectively.

Ibrahim Obanikoro, the APC candidate, took to his official Instagram handle (@repibrahimobanikoro) on Tuesday morning to confirm the tribunal’s decision and express his appreciation to the judges for delivering a ruling in accordance with constitutional principles.

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He stated, “It was all smiles at the tribunal court when it was confirmed that there would be a supplementary election in several polling units under the Eti-Osa Federal constituency where the election did not take place. I believe that our justice system is on the right track, and I praise the judges for this ruling which adheres to the components of the Constitution. Work starts now.”

He further updated his Instagram story, saying, “The Feb 25 election has just been rightly declared inconclusive and supplementary elections have been ordered by the court. INEC has been ordered to withdraw the return certificate and conduct elections in areas where it didn’t hold on Election Day.”

Thaddeus Atta of the Labour Party, responding through his Instagram handle (@_JtAtta) on Tuesday morning, clarified that he was not removed from office and emphasized that there is “No cause for alarm.”

He stated, “I am here to clarify that I was not sacked. The Tribunal has simply ordered a re-run (supplementary election) in the 32 polling units where elections did not hold. We will continue working for Eti-osa. I urge constituents to keep calm as we are unshaken. We will get through this together.”

Banky W, in a post on his verified Instagram handle on Monday night, wrote, “It is possible. Still,” in response to the tribunal’s decision.

Tribunal orders election rerun in Eti Osa Federal Constituency

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Police arrest suspected vehicle, motorcycle snatcher in Kaduna

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The Police Command in Kaduna State, said its operatives have arrested a suspect with 30 different fabricated master keys of vehicles and motorcycles in Kaduna.

The command’s spokesperson, ASP Mansir Hassan, confirmed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Kaduna.

Hassan said, “The suspect specialises in vehicle and motorcycle theft .

“In July 20, at about 0230hrs our personnel received a distress call that a shop was burgled.

“Upon receiving the information, our operatives immediately drafted to the area.”

He said on arriving at the scene, that the suspect, Zahradeenee Suleiman was arrested in the shop .

According to him, the suspect is a resident of Galma road, Tsugugi area of Sabon Gari Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna State and 35 years old.

“Upon search, about 30 different sizes of keys of vehicle and motorcycles were recovered including two locally fabricated master keys in his possession,” Hassan said.

He added that the suspect was said to have specialised in the theft of vehicles and motorcycles.
Hassan said that the suspect would be charged to Court for prosecution after the completion of investigation.

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Biden condemns Russia’s 16-year sentence for U.S. reporter

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U.S. President Joe Biden has sharply criticised the 16-year sentence for U.S reporter Evan Gershkovich, imposed on Friday by a Russian court.

According to the president, Gershkovich was targeted by Russia “because he is a journalist and an American.”

Biden, in a statement released by the White House, said the reporter had “committed no crime.”

He added that the U.S. government will continue to fight for the Wall Street Journal reporter’s release as well as for all U.S. citizens unlawfully detained abroad.

“Journalism is not a crime,” Biden said, adding that both he and the United Nations have said that Russia is wrongfully detaining the reporter.

“We will continue to stand strong for press freedom in Russia and worldwide, and stand against all those who seek to attack the press or target journalists,” the U.S. president added.

(dpa/NAN)

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APC, Police disagree over attack on Okpebholo, Shaibu in Edo

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo Staten has accused the state police command of complicity in the attack on its Governorship Candidate, Sen. Monday Okpebholo and the reinstated deputy governor, Philip Shaibu.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that gunmen attacked the two on Thursday while exiting Benin Airport shortly after they arrived from Abuja aboard a chartered flight.

The party, during a press conference on Friday in Benin, called for the sack of the Commissioner of Police, Funso Adegboye.

Kassim Afegbua, Director of Media, APC Campaign Council for the Sept. 21 election, said the ruthless shooting and killing of a policeman was witnessed by the police chief.

Afegbua said the party had petitioned the Inspector-General of Police to look into the case and check how the police commissioner undermined the role of the police.

According to him, some members of the party, who saw the commissioner at the airport shared the intelligence of what was about to happen, but unfortunately, he allegedly ignored it.

The director of media described the attack on the candidate as an assassination attempt as well as a disdain for peace that the state and its people were known for.

Reacting, Adegboye exonerated himself of any wrongdoing during the mayhem.

He refuted a claim that intelligence was shared with him ahead of the attack, saying there was no crisis throughout his stay at the airport.

The commissioner noted, however, that an investigation was ongoing and those whose names had been mentioned in the incident would be arrested soon.

(NAN)

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