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Ajax’s shares slump after UEFA Champions League defeat to Tottenham

Ajax Amsterdam football club’s shares slumped on Thursday following the Dutch club’s shocking last-minute defeat by Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League semi-final.

Ajax shares were down 19.8 per cent at 18.85 euros in early session trading, although the stock remains up by around 30 per cent so far in 2019.

Brazilian Lucas Moura scored a last-gasp winner late on Wednesday to complete his hat-trick.

It sealed a 3-2 win to send London’s Tottenham Hotspur past Ajax and into the UEFA Champions League final on away goals.


Four women fight in mortuary over dead man

There was confusion in a morgue in Kenya after four women argued and fought over the body of a man they each claimed was their husband.

The three of the ladies who came to claim the body of the deceased are identified as Janet Wambui, Lydia Wanjiru, Susan Wakuthii; the fourth is yet to be identified.

The deceased, Peter Mwangi Gichobu, a Taxi driver a.k.a boda boda rider, reportedly died in an accident which occurred at Nyangati-Embu road a month ago.

The four women on getting to the Kirinyaga County Funeral Parlour fought over the body of the man and had to be separated by police officers from Kerugoya police post who intervened in the matter.

The Morgue authorities however, revealed that the death certificate would be given to the deceased’s next of kin who was his uncle, Kanyekiini MCA, Harrison Ngiria.

They also promised the angry ladies that they would be included during the distribution of the wealth left by the man.

It was further learnt that the 32-year-old man had a son with each of the women.

Insecurity: Buhari gives marching order to service chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked service chiefs and heads of security agencies to work towards checking the high level of insecurity in the country.

Speaking during his second meeting with service chiefs in 48 hours, the president said Nigerians ought go to bed with their eyes closed.

Ibok Ekwe Ibas, chief of naval staff, disclosed this while briefing state house correspondents on the outcome of the meeting which started at 11:30am and ended few minutes before 3pm.

“The meeting was just basically to appraise Mr. President of the security situation generally after his short vacation abroad,” he said.

“The security agencies briefed him on what has been happening with particular emphasis on the proliferation of small arms and what the various agencies are doing to curtail the consequences of this proliferation.

“He has also given directives that the agencies should do much more to ensure that Nigerians go to bed and wake up feeling healthy and confident that their security is guaranteed.”

On the high rate of kidnapping, the naval chief said: “You will recall during the last meeting, the IG was directed to ensure insecurity is addressed and consequently various operations were set up; Puff Adder was one of the strategies. With the set up of that operations there have been a remarkable drop in the number of kidnappings. What normally would attract attention is when a key person in government perhaps is kidnapped. On the whole, the number of kidnappings has dropped and generally I think the security situation is improving.”

He added that two suspects had been arrested in connection with the kidnap of Musa Ibas, district head of Daura.

“Serious efforts are being made, key suspects have been arrested and it is hoped that in a short while, those behind the heinous crime will be brought to book,” he said.

Umar was kidnapped at his residence shortly after he returned from the mosque where he took part in the evening prayer.

Acting CJN says Supreme court judges are only answerable to God

Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), says no human being can influence the judgement of the supreme court.

Speaking on Thursday when the management of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), led by Muiz Banire, its chairman, paid a courtesy visit to his office, Muhammad said the judges are only answerable to God and no one can intimidate them in taking certain decisions.

Festus Akande, the court’s director of press and information, said the acting CJN reiterated the independence of the apex court during the visit.

“We take our time in taking notes and writing judgments to avoid making mistakes,” Muhammad said.

“We subject every case before us to intense debates and arguments during our conferences in order to be as dispassionate and objective as possible.

“Let me state clearly that we are not answerable to anybody and can never be intimidated by anybody whatsoever in taking our decisions.

“But for certain, we are only answerable to God Almighty because he is the owner of our lives. No human being, living or dead, can influence the reasoning or judgments of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

“We are very independent in Supreme court because of the enormity of the trust and responsibility reposed in us by the almighty God, the Constitution and our dear nation.”


Olusegun Aganga denies involvement in Malabu Oil deal

Former Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga, has denied any involvement in any scheme reported to have resulted in the transfer of interest in Malabu (OML 245), describing the claim as totally false and competely misleading.
Media Adviser to Aganga, who was Special Adviser to the Minister on Communications and Strategy, Mrs. Yemi Kolapo, said, in a statement on Thursday, that Aganga was Minister in charge of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment from July 2011 to May 2015, noting that at no time was the Minister or the Ministry involved in any negotiations with anyone on the controversial Malabu deal.
She said,  “The attention of the Office of the former Minister of Finance, and former Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga, has been drawn to a newspaper article, which claimed that Olusegun Aganga, and two other ministers were ‘involved in a scheme that resulted in the transfer of interest in Malabu (OML 245).’ This claim is totally false and completely misleading.
“Olusegun Aganga was the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment from July 2011 to May 2015 and at no time was he or the Ministry involved in any negotiations, scheme or discussions with anyone on Malabu.  It is simply out of the remit of the Ministry.
“Olusegun Aganga was also the Minister of Finance from April 2010 to May 2011.  Again, at no time was he or the Ministry of Finance involved in any negotiations, valuation of the oil well or in the determination of the signature bonus or any other payment on Malabu.”
According to the statement, in the normal course of the work of the Ministry of Finance, the ministry is required to approve the opening of bank accounts by any Government Ministry or Agency. 
“Such requests are approved, based on the advice of the Accountant General of the Federation. There are laid down procedures for this approval process,” Kolapo stressed.
“Based on the information made available to the public, the Malabu transaction actually took place in August 2011 when Olusegun Aganga was already the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment.  It would have been impossible for him to be involved in any negotiations or scheme or in advising the President on a matter, which completely falls outside the remit of the Ministry,” she argued.

Abdoul Aziz Dia joins the Group Board of Directors of UBA

The United Bank for Africa(UBA) has announced that Mr Abdoul-Aziz Dia will join the bank’s Board of Directors subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Mr Dia, a Senegalese citizen, has over 25 years of banking experience garnered from several countries across the globe, including the United Kingdom, France, Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Senegal, Kenya and Cote D’Ivoire. He has worked in senior management positions at international financial institutions such as the African Development Bank, Citigroup, Standard Chartered, Ecobank and UBA.

Mr Dia has served in the capacity of Executive Director on various company Boards in Africa and in Europe and now joins the UBA Group as a non-Executive Director of the Board. He holds a Master’s Degree in Statistics and Financial Mathematics from ENSAE in Paris, France. He is fluent in 6 languages (French, English, Romanian, German, Wolof and Fulani).

‘Abdoul-Aziz Dia is a seasoned banker with a wealth of experience. He joins the UBA Board with a global outlook and I am confident that he has a vital role to play in the future of UBA and will add enormous value to the Group’s growth strategy’ said the UBA Group Chairman, Mr Tony Elumelu.

Dia joins the Board almost a year after UBA appointed four new members to strengthen and further diversify its Group Board including two female board members, Erelu Angela Adebayo and Angela Aneke. The other two Directors are Kayode Fasola and AbdulKadir J. Bello.

The United Bank for Africa, Africa’s global bank, was founded 70 years ago in Nigeria and today, operates in 20 African countries and in the United Kingdom, the USA and with presence in France.

UBA serves over 17 million customers across the globe with more than 1000 branches and touch points. In 2018, the bank received the award of Africa’s Best Digital Bank by the Banker’s magazine.

Davido reacts to uncle’s defeat at Appeal Court

Music star, Davido, has expressed his disappointment at the ruling of the Court of Appeal which declared Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress as the elected governor of Osun State.

Davido took to his Instagram page to react to the court ruling which was not in favour of his uncle, Senator Ademola Adeleke, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party.

According to him, this is not the end of the journey as he thinks there would be a victory when the case shifts to the Supreme Court.

“My people, we cannot hide our disappointment. This judgment of the Court of the Appeal. It hurts, it’s extremely painful, but guess what? It is not the end. Far from it.

“Everyone, remain calm. I want to urge all our supporters to remain calm at this time. As you all know, there is one last and important lap.

“It is time for the last lap and the God I know and serve is in control,“ he said.

David continued by saying: “We have won the first leg. We have lost the second leg but I am certain that the highest court in the land will rectify and restore all that has been stolen from us with this judgment.

“Everyone stay calm and stay safe! See you at the Supreme court,“ he wrote.

Davido’s response was coming barely a few hours after the Appeal Court sitting in Abuja overturned the judgment of the election tribunal that declared Adeleke winner of the election in the state.

Godfather prevented Fashola from fighting corruption in Lagos councils, says Aka-Basorun

A former Vice-Chairman of Kosofe Local Government Area in Lagos State, Segun Aka-Bashorun, says former Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) had put in place mechanisms to promote transparency in local governments in the state but was prevented by “the godfather.”

Aka-Bashorun, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, said Fashola had set up independent audit mechanisms to ensure that the books of local governments were looked into periodically.

He, however, said when Fashola began to “block all conduit pipes through which funds were being diverted,” the local government chairmen quickly ran to the godfather who, in turn, allegedly asked Fashola to face state government affairs and leave the local governments alone.

Aka-Bashorun did not name the alleged godfather, however.

The former LG boss said, “In the time of Fashola as governor, he realised that there was a certain godfather that was holding his hands back when he was trying to force the local government chairmen to perform because he wanted them to perform.

“He then set up a body of civil society organisations and engineers to go and visit each local government to look at their books and show them the contracts. Everything in their budget that they had spent money on, they should go to each of those areas and verify them.”

Aka-Bashorun said the local government chairmen compromised members of the committee set up by Fashola.

He, however, said when some of the committee members refused to be compromised, the local government chairmen ran to their godfather.

Aka-Bashorun added, “Fashola tried it (reforms) because he wanted them to perform, but they ran to their godfather and said, ‘See, this governor is disturbing us, checking all our books, we are in trouble, what are we going to do?’

“They stifled the governor and said, ‘Leave the local governments alone; go and do your own job.” He then threw a challenge to his interviewer: “Name one governor that is fighting for local government.”

The former LGA vice chairman commended the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit for issuing new rules which will protect local government funds from governors.

Aka-Bashorun, however, said there was the need for LGAs to be given full autonomy because of the nature of state politics, especially in places like Lagos.

He alleged that employment at the local government was usually given to only party faithful and their families, adding that contracts are only awarded to party chieftains “who cannot be questioned even if they fail to deliver.”

Aka-Bashorun said, “The people that will do the contracts are card carrying members of the ruling party. The people that will give the contracts are members of the party. So, you already know in your contract what you are supposed to bring back home or else you will never get the contract.

“Now, do you even think the local government chairman is the one giving out the contract? There is usually an arrangement within the party and the leadership (for example) that there would be 10 road contracts in a year and out of the 10, they have shared them to the leaders that will give out the contracts.

“It is their meat. They are not there for you — as funny as it sounds.

“It is their meat. So, when they say they are fixing roads, they will charge you the price by the Federal Government approved costing.

“Assuming it is N100m for road, they will spend N10m, while the remaining N90m will be shared among everybody else.

“That is why your road will go bad after six months. Then the process is repeated.

“It happened before I became vice chairman and has continued to happen since I left in 2011. Nobody is auditing them.”

Jigawa house of assembly sacks speaker

Isah Idris, the speaker of Jigawa state house of assembly, has been removed.

The speaker was impeached by 20 out of the 30 members of the house who voted in what appeared to be an emergency seating on Thursday morning.

Idris Garba, better known as Kareka, a former speaker, was unanimously voted in as the new speaker of the house shortly after the impeachment of Idris.

Idris’ impeachment is coming barely a few days after the mace was destroyed by the lawmakers who engaged in a fight over leadership.

On Tuesday, the house was thrown into a rowdy session following a motion moved on the amendment of the standing rule of the state assembly.

Alkasim Karkarna, a member representing Yankwashi constituency, was said to have been responsible for the destruction of the mace.

EFCC arrests lawmaker, 6 internet fraudsters in Kwara

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ilorin zonal office, says it has arrested a member of the Kwara house of assembly (name withheld), for alleged N4 million fraud.

Isyaku Sharu, the commission’s zonal head, disclosed this in an interview with NAN in Ilorin on Thursday.

According to him, the legislator was arrested over alleged cheating, obtaining by false pretence and money laundering involving about N4 million.

He said that the lawmaker had sometimes in 2015 sold some plots of land to six retired teachers, prior to his political ambition.

“The lawmaker also issued receipts to the land buyers with the name of a company, which does not exist,” Sharu said.

“The complainants, Mary Kolade, Ezekiel Babatunde, Felicia Adebiyi, Grace Awolola, Julius Omole and Abiodun Balogun alleged that the suspect sold many plots of land to them, claiming to be the owner.

“They, however, later discovered that the land belonged to the Federal Ministry of Land and Housing.

“After paying about N4 million to the lawmaker, they decided to survey the plots of land so as to put their survey number on the deed of transfer between them.

“They then discovered through the officials of the Kwara State Ministry of Land and Housing that the land belonged to the Federal Ministry of Land and Housing.

“They were also barred from constructing anything on the land. All efforts made by the retirees to retrieve their money from the Kwara State House of Assembly member proved abortive.”

Sharu said that the commission also arrested six suspected internet fraudsters and recovered from them some cars, laptops, different types of phones and charms, among other items.

He said that two of the suspected fraudsters were arrested at the Ilorin International Airport while trying to board a plane in order to run away.

According to the zonal head, all the arrested persons will remain in the EFCC custody until they are charged to court.

Fowler says EFCC probing FIRS staff over fraudulent payments

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has launched a probe into the activities of some staff of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

Babatunde Fowler, FIRS chairman, confirmed the development on Wednesday saying the probe borders on alleged cases of irregularities concerning duty tour allowance (DTA).

“On the DTA (Duty Tour Allowance), it was claimed that some staff applied for and were granted, allowances to travel for official trips. Some are alleged not to have travelled for the number of days, for which they were slated. The EFCC is looking into that,” he said.

“Sometimes, it is good to have a third party investigate matters like this instead of having a staff investigate another staff. An investigation by a third party is more objective. FIRS has since taken steps to remediate this.

“The EFCC will soon complete its investigation. Anybody found guilty will be dealt with through our administrative process.”

Fowler also dismissed claims that taxpayers’ money has gone missing.

He explained that all taxes are paid directly into the account of federation account through the Central Bank of Nigeria.

“The FIRS does not have access to taxpayers money. Its operations are funded by an appropriation of the national assembly through monthly remittances by the federation accounts allocation committee (FAAC),” he said.

Fowler added that FIRS acknowledges the statutory rights and responsibilities of anti-corruption agencies and other government agencies such as the EFCC, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), State Security Services, SSS to inquire into the operations of the Service.

The FIRS chairman promised that FIRS would continue to give access to agencies with statutory rights adding that invitations of officials of the service by EFCC, the Police, SSS and ICPC to shed light financial transactions are not uncommon.

Sanusi’s emirate now covers only 10 of 44 Kano LGAs

The size of the emirate under Muhammadu Sanusi II, emir of Kano, has been reduced to 10 out of 44 local government areas (LGAs) in the state.

Meanwhile, the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission is going ahead with the investigation of  the emirate under him which can lead to his deposition.

The commission had alleged the misappropriation of N6 billion by the Kano emirate council “without the approval of the state government”. The probe, which was halted in 2017, has now been revived.

Isa Bayero, a former official of the Kano emirate council, has been directed to appear before the commission on Thursday to shed light on the payment vouchers from 2013 to 2017.

On Wednesday, the Kano state house of assembly had passed a bill breaking up the emirate in the state and Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of the state, passed the bill into law a few hours later.

The move is seen as part of efforts by the governor to depose Sanusi or at the very least curtail his influence as payback for the emir’s refusal to support his second term bid.

The state now has five emirates: Kano, Rano, Gaya, Karaye and Bichi and five emirs of equal jurisdiction.

Kano emirate headed by Sanusi has 10 local governments: Kano Municipal, Tarauni, Dala, Nassarawa, Fagge, Gwale, Kumbotso, Ungogo, Dawakin Kudu and Minjibir.

Kano and Rano emirates will control 10 local governments each while Gaya, Karaye and Bichi will control eight, seven and nine local government areas respectively.

Among the new division, Rano emirate will control Rano, Bunkure, Kibiya, Takai, Sumaila, Kura, Doguwa, Tudun Wada, Kiru, Bebeji.

Gaya emirate has Gaya, Ajingi, Albasu, Wudil, Garko, Warawa, Gezawa, Gabasawa LGAs.

Karaye, Rogo, Gwarzo, Kabo Rimin Gado, Madobi, Garun Malam LGAs will be under the Karaye emirate.

Bichi emirate will control Bichi, Bagwai, Shanono, Tsanyawa, Kunchi, Makoda, Danbatta, Dawakin Tofa, Tofa local governments.

A copy of the law reads: “there is hereby established for the state a Council to be known as the Kano State Emirate Council (in this Law referred to as the “Council”) which shall comprise of the entire Kano State as its area of authority.

“The Council shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal and may sue and be sued in its corporate name.”

It added that emirate council shall consist of five emirs, secretary to the state government, the commissioner for local government and chairmen of all the local government councils in the state.

Also, members of the council will be at least two kingmakers from each of the five emirates and not more than five other members to be appointed by the governor.

The law also spelt out that the chairmanship of the council shall be on rotational basis among the emirs.

“Nothing In this section shall preclude an Emir from any of the emirates from the contest of the Emir of Kano so long as he Is an heir to the throne,” it read.

Maiduguri records first rainfall in 2019

Residents of Maiduguri on Wednesday celebrated the first rainfall of the year recorded in the town, expressing relief that the excruciating hot weather would now subside.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that areas like Bulumkutu and Baga road recorded downpour, while Custom and Tashan Bama axis in the metropolis recorded drizzles, accompanied by strong wind.

The rain, which started around 4:45 p.m. and lasted for about 45 minutes, was sequel to days of extreme hot temperature hovering above 44 degree Celsius.

Malam Buba Umar, a resident, said the early arrival of the rainfall took him by surprise.

“I was never anticipating seeing rainfall at this moment; I guess it was because of the unbearable heat.

“The weather was very hot; even the water in the tap is very hot. I have been sleeping outside for the past weeks because of the heat,” he said.

Mr Abba Makinta, another resident, said the downpour was a relief for the people in the metropolis.

“The heat was making life unbearable for the residents, especially with ongoing Ramadan fast.

“It will ease the intensity of heat and make life comfortable for the residents,” he said.

Also, Aliyu Babba, an ice block vendor, said he had been making brisk business due to high demand occasioned by the excruciating heat in the area.

Babba said that he now sold about 300 pieces of ice block as against 150 in the past weeks, adding that the price of ice had also increased to N70, as against its old price of N40.

“I make nothing less than N20, 000 on daily basis from the sales of ice blocks; for me, the heat is a big business,” he said.

Alhaji Musa Shehu, said he spent about N700 daily buying ice blocks and cold drinks.

He therefore expressed joy over the sudden change in weather.

Senate confirms Abike-Dabiri as CEO of Diaspora Commission

The Senate has confirmed the nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari of of Abike Dabiri-Erewa as chairman and chief executive Officer of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission.

Her confirmation was made today, following the consideration of the report by Senator Rose Okoji Oko, from Cross River North.

Senate President Bukola Saraki described Dabiri-Erewa’s appointment as one that was well deserved.

He thanked the Senate Committee for its effort in ensuring that the process of the confirmation was concluded on time.

“On behalf of the 8th Senate, let me congratulate Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa on this appointment which is well deserved,” Saraki said.

Appeal Court affirms Oyetola’s election, Adeleke loses

The Court of appeal sitting in Abuja has set aside the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal’s judgment which nullified Governor Gboyega Oyetola’s victory in the Osun governorship election.

In three separate appeals filed by Oyetola, the All Progressives Congress and the Independent National Electoral Commission, the appellate court was asked to set aside the 22 March, 2019 judgement of the tribunal which declared Senator Ademola Adeleke as winner.

The Appeal court has now affirmed Oyetola’s election as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The tribunal in a split judgment on 22 March declared Adeleke as winner of the September 2018 election and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue him with the certificate of return.

Two of the judges, Justices Obiora and Ayinla Gbolagunte. upheld the petitions filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ademola Adeleke and the PDP. However, the Chairman of the tribunal differed from the two and upheld Oyetola’s election.

The tribunal’s majority verdict held that the supplementary election by INEC in seven cancelled units on Sept. 22,2018, was null and void.

The tribunal ruled that the Returning Officer who cancelled the results had no power to do so.

The appeal court judgment also has a dissenter, Justice George Mbaba.

In the majority judgment of four-to-one, delivered by the Chairman of the five-man panel, Justice Jumai Hannatu-Sankey the judges declared that the decision of the tribunal which sacked Oyetola as governor was not valid and consequently set aside the entire proceedings of the tribunal.

The appellate court nullified the majority judgment of the tribunal delivered by Peter Obiora, on the grounds that he relied on the evidence of two witnesses which he did not observe.

Justice Sankey noted that the Court of Appeal ordinarily having set aside the entire proceedings of the tribunal, ought to order a re-trial of the case.

However, she said, the appellate court could not order a re-trial because the 180 days provided by the law for election petition had elapsed.

Justice George Mbaba in a dissenting judgment, dismissed the appeal and upheld the decision of the tribunal.

Justice Mbaba held that Justice Obiora who did not participate in the proceedings of February 6, 2019 was contentious and enough reason to nullify the appeal.

He added that all the members of the panel ought to have been on seat to sign the proceedings of Feb.6, 2019 and subsequently disagreed with the judgment of the other four members.

Mbaba further noted that the issue of sabotage cannot be ruled out as the records were transmitted by court’s registrar.

He consequently dismissed the appeal and upheld the majority decision of the tribunal which sacked Oyetola and returned Adeleke as Governor.

Mbaba however awarded cost of N200,000 against Oyetola.

Another appeal filed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was also upheld by the majority of four to one.

In his dissenting judgment, Mbaba came down heavily on the electoral umpire,INEC for its failure to live up to expectation in the conduct of the election.

He held that INEC which did not call any witness at the tribunal or tendered any document surprisingly came to the Appeal Court to file an appeal.

He said the electoral umpire was wrong for saying that Adeleke and PDP cannot challenge the September 27 rerun election on the grounds that they had waived their rights by participating in the said election.

According to Mbaba, no serious party would boycott any rerun election when a final declaration had not been made.

He said INEC acted dubiously in the rerun election.

“INEC acted dubiously in the way it handled the rerun election. INEC should not have been put in the dock if it has done the right thing at the rerun election.

“ When INEC was in the dock, it shied away without filing any argument”, Mbaba said.

On the cancellation of results in 17 polling units, Justice Mbaba held that the cancellation was deliberate because INEC returning Officer has no power to do the cancellation.

“It is the presiding Officer that has the power to cancel results if need be,’’ he said.

Other members of the panel were Justices Abubakar Yahaya, Isaiah Akeju and Bitrus Sanga.

Governor Oyetola, who contested the last governorship election on the platform of the APC, faulted the majority judgment delivered by the tribunal.

The governor in his 39-ground Notice of Appeal filed on March 26, by his team of lawyers, led by Wole Olanipekun, SAN, claimed that the judgment was “perverse, replete with contradictions and not supported by evidence led by the petitioners”.

He therefore asked the appellate court to uphold his appeal, set aside the majority judgment and dismiss the Oct. 16, 2018 petition by PDP and Adeleke.

The governor said his complaint, in the appeal, was against the entire majority judgment, except where the tribunal held that it lacked jurisdiction to set aside INEC Guidelines; that the allegation of over voting was not proved; that the petitioners did not prove voided votes and other parts of the judgment where the tribunal agreed with their arguments.

Oyetola is contending, in his first ground of appeal, that the entire majority judgment was a nullity, because it was written and delivered by Justice Obiora “who did not participate in all the proceedings of the tribunal and who was not present when all the witnesses gave evidence.”

He noted that Justice Obiora was absent on Feb. 6, when the respondents witnesses Ayoola Soji and Oladejo Kazeem – testified and tendered exhibits, which the tribunal admitted in evidence.

The appellant argued that, having not attended the tribunal’s siting on Feb. 6, Justice Obiora could not have seen the two witnesses and was unable to examine their demeanour, as required, and therefore, unlawful for the judge to have authored a judgment in which he reviewed the evidence given by the witnesses.

He said: “The writing of and or the participation of the honourable justice P. C. Obiora in the writing of the judgment of the lower tribunal of March 22, and delivery of same, vitiates the entire judgment.”

Oyetola also argued that the tribunal, in its majority judgment, erred in law and acted without jurisdiction when it accepted the petitioners’ complained of non compliance with the provisions of Electoral Act in relation to the Sept. 22, 2018 governorship election in Osun and on that basis proceeded to nullify the victory of Oyetola and APC.

It was equally the appellant’s contention that the tribunal acted without jurisdiction by basing its decision to uphold the petition and set aside the return of the appellants on the basis of allegation of non-compliance with the Electoral Act, in relation to the Sept. 22 governorship election

Buhari returns Emefiele as CBN governor

President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele for a second term in office.

A letter for the tenure renewal was signed by Buhari on Wednesday and has now been sent to the senate for confirmation.

The CBN Act stipulates that the senate must confirm the nomination of any of its governor before it can take effect.

This is the first time since 1999, when Nigeria returned to democracy, that anyone would be nominated to serve two terms as CBN governor.

Emefiele was first appointed in 2014 by former president Goodluck Jonathan and was retained by Buhari when he took office in 2015.