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“Democracy Is At Work”, Lawan Reacts To S’Court Verdict



The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has finally spoken over the controversial candidacy of the All Progressive Congress Yobe North Senatorial District.

Lawan at his guest house in Maitama, Abuja, on Monday commended the judiciary for strengthening democracy, stating that the ruling showed that “democracy is at work.”

In the early hours of Monday, the Supreme court declared Lawan the winner of the Yobe North Senatorial candidate over the winner of the May 28, poll, Bashir Machina.

Recall that after the ruling of the court in Damaturu, Lawan told Nigerians that he accepted the judgement and would not appeal.

However, the APC delivered victory to Lawan after dragging Machina to the apex court while insisting that Lawan ,who didn’t contest at the primary poll, was its “authentic candidate.”

While addressing journalists after the judgement of the apex court, Lawan said, “Let me start by thanking God for his blessing and of course for what had happened today in the Supreme Court, the judgment on Yobe North particularly is a victory for APC in Yobe and generally APC across the country.

“What happened was democracy at work and the courts gave their various judgments and of course, the Supreme Court gave the final judgement. I want to at this point commend the Supreme Court and of course the judiciary generally for making this kind of judgement to strengthen our democracy because it is not only for politicians to work and strengthen democracy. All institutions have their roles to play. So I commend them.”

Lawan in his appreciation post also thanked his political party for fighting tooth and nail for his victory.

He added, “Let me take this opportunity to thank the All Progressives Congress our party for taking this matter to the Supreme Court. Actually, as an individual, I didn’t go to the Supreme Court to seek redress but my party did, and my people of Yobe North and Yobe State generally and many political associates and well-wishers across the country and beyond pushed for an appeal at the Supreme Court on this matter.

“So today it is a victory for all of us involved. I am the symbol but the victory is for our party the APC and for democracy.”

Lawan, once again re-echoed his support for the party’s presidential and vice-presidential candidates, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima assuring them of a landslide victory.

The senate president stated, “We will be looking at the 25th of February when the Presidential and the National Assembly elections will take place. By the Grace of God Nigerians will Vote for APC once again.

“On the 25th the presidential candidate of the APC, Asiwaji Ahmed Bola Tinubu (Jagaban), will be voted in as President of Nigeria by the grace of God alongside distinguished senator Kashim Shetima who is the vice presidential candidate.
“When it comes to the senatorial and House of Representatives, you know what it will be. It will be a landslide majority for the APC and the same thing for the House of reps

“We will continue to give Nigeria leadership to continue with those programs and projects that we have been doing very well and rethink those that we think we have not done very well. This I believe will make Nigeria better.”

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Peter Obi To Soludo: Politics Beyond Partisanship, Should Be Free From Tribal, Religious Affiliations



Mr Peter Obi of the Labour Party, LP, has maintained that politics should transcend partisanship and be free from tribal and religious affiliations.

Obi, a former Governor of Anambra State, made the statement in a post via his verified Twitter handle on Saturday.

His statement followed the celebration of Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo’s one year in office, which he attended.

Obi said he would continue to pray for Soludo.

He wrote, “I was in Awka, Anambra State, today for the celebration of Gov. Chukwuma Charles Soludo’s one year in office. As a firm believer in building a better society, I maintain that politics should transcend partisanship and be free from tribal and religious affiliations.

“We all must join hands to build a better society for all. I congratulate my very dear brother and Governor, Prof @CCSoludo, as he marks his first year in office. I will continue to pray for, and wish him well in office. May he succeed.

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INEC To Issue Certificates Of Return To Governors-Elect, Others From March 29



INEC has fixed Wednesday, March 29 to Friday March 31 as days for the issuance of Certificates of Return to governors, deputy governors-elect and states Houses of Assembly members-elect.

Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye made the declaration in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday.

“By the provisions of Section 72(1) of the Electoral Act 2022, the Commission is mandated to issue a certificate of return within 14 days to every candidate who has been returned elected under the law.

“Pursuant to the provision, the Commission has fixed Wednesday March 29, Thursday, March 30 and Friday, March 31 for the issuance of Certificates of Return to those elected on March 18.

“The presentation will take place in INEC offices in each state of the federation,’’ Okoye stated.

He added that specific dates for the issuance of the certificates would be communicated to those elected by the Resident Electoral Commissioners and Administrative Secretaries of the various states. (NAN).

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#ENDSARS: Sanwo-Olu Orders Payment Of N5m To Assaulted Uber Driver



The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered the payment of N5 million compensation to an Uber driver, Adedotun Clement, who was assaulted by security operatives during an #ENDSARS anniversary rally in the state in October 2021.

Justice Ambrose Lewis-Allagoa of the Federal High Court, Lagos, had on March 14 ordered the state government and Nigeria Police Force to pay the sum while ruling on an application filed by the driver.

Clement was assaulted by police operatives and members of the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Agency during a rally to mark the first anniversary of the #ENDSARS protest near the Lekki Toll Gate in the state.

The governor, who confirmed the development on his Twitter handle on Saturday, said he had directed the state’s Attorney- General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) to set up a meeting with the driver and pay him the compensation awarded by the court.

He reaffirmed his commitment to the rule of law in the state.

Sanwo-Olu wrote: “Good evening Lagos, as governor, I’m committed to upholding the rule of law and protecting citizens’ rights with empathy and authority.

“I recently became aware of the case involving Mr. Clement Adedotun and the judgement by the Federal High Court, and I understand the impact this legal battle has had on him.

“After reviewing Mr. Clement’s case, I’ve directed the Honorable Attorney General to set up a meeting and pay him the compensation awarded by the court.”

The governor, who confirmed that the state government has appealed the ruling, said he ordered the payment of the compensation for the good of the society.

“Although the State Government has appealed the ruling, I’ve interceded in this instance in the interest of the public good and requested that the State’s Attorney General comply with the court’s ruling.

“As a strong advocate for the rule of law, I commend all parties for seeking justice through the appropriate channels, and I remain committed to upholding the rights of all Lagosians,” he added.

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