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2023 Census outcomes ‘ll rewrite Nigeria’s history- NPC

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2023 Census outcomes ‘ll rewrite Nigeria’s history- NPC

The National Population Commission (NPC) says outcomes of the 2023 census results will rewrite the history of censuses in Nigeria.

Mr. Ayodeji Ajayi, the NPC Federal Commissioner, representing Ekiti, made the assertions on Monday in Ado-Ekiti.

He spoke at the opening of the “State Compendium of Localities Workshop”, organised by the commission to finalise and present to the grassroots, the final list of localities for the 2023 Population and Housing Census.

Ajayi, a former Head of Service in Ekiti State, assured Nigerians that NPC was, “irrevocably committed to positively rewrite the history of censuses in the country with the coming exercise”.

He said that the objective of the workshop was to compile all the localities demarcated on local government area basis, showing the coverage and location on interactive maps.

According to him, the compendium of locality in census taking is a tool for census data dissemination, as well as for national development.

“As such, this means the 2023 census results will be released, up to the lowest level of the census entities across the country, which can be as small as a camp,” Ajayi said.

He, however, said that more of such localities do not translate to mean higher population for any council area.

“Please note that in such circumstances, they are just means to enable us, as a commission, to join disparate data, to ease census and for easy interpretation,” Ajayi said.

He said that the compendium of locality would be presented to President Muhammadu Buhari before the 2023 population exercise, as the gazetteer of place names for the country.

The commissioner assured the people that the exercise would deliver to Nigerians, an accurate, reliable, and acceptable census that would be purposefully relevant in the drive toward sustainable national development.

Ajayi, therefore, appealed to Nigerians to give the country dependable data, through the coming census.

Earlier, the Director of NPC in Ekiti, Mr. Samuel Adeyanju, said that the workshop was consistent with the determination of the commission.

According to Adeyanju, this is to ensure that the disaggregation of the 2023 population and housing census at the locality level was done in an accurate and acceptable manner to all stakeholders.

“I can assure all stakeholders that a lot will be mutually gained from the workshop.

“Your inputs will help in assisting the commission on how best to arrive at getting all the localities that might have been omitted, duplicated, or wrongly placed, and thus remove any ambiguity that may arise,” he said.

Heads of federal agencies, including the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and National Orientation Agency (NOA) were among other stakeholders that delivered goodwill messages at the event.

 

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Osun Election Petition Tribunal nullifies Adeleke’s election; as Court throws out suit seeking Tinubu’s disqualification

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Osun Election Petition Tribunal nullifies Adeleke’s election; as Court throws out suit seeking Tinubu’s disqualification

The Osun State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Osogbo has nullified the election of Gov. Ademola Adeleke, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The Chairman of the three-man panel,  Justice Tertsea Kume, said the July 16, 2022 governorship election did not comply with the Electoral Act.

Tertsea said that there was indeed over-voting in six local government areas in the state.

In another development, a Federal High Court (FHC), in Abuja, on Friday, dismissed a suit filed by a group seeking the disqualification of Sen. Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), from the 2023 general elections.

Justice Binta Nyako, in a judgment, held that the plaintiff, the Incorporated Trustees of Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International, lacked the locus standi (legal right) to institute the case.

“The issue of locus standi of the applicant is a threshold issue because anything conducted without locus standi will be a nullity and it will be set aside,” she said.

Justice Nyako held that the plaintiff, having not been a political party nor a member of APC, had no legal right to file the action.

The judge, who also described the suit as “an abuse of court process,” condemned the plaintiff for filing multiple suits with similar reliefs.

She said that Justice Inyang Ekwo of an FHC had, on Dec. 15, 2022, delivered a judgment in a similar suit during which it was dismissed.

 Nyako observed that the earlier suit before Ekwo and the instant suit had the same reliefs though the names of the parties were slightly different.

“Consequently, the case is hereby dismissed for being an abuse of court process,” she declared.

The group had sued the INEC chairman, the APC and Mr. Tinubu as 1st to 3rd defendants respectively.

The group, in an originating motion on notice, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1960/22, sought an order of mandamus directing INEC to exercise its statutory power in accordance with Section 84(13) of the Electoral Act 2022 to immediately expunge Tinubu’s name from its final list of presidential candidates contesting the 2023 poll.

Osun Election Petition Tribunal nullifies Adeleke’s election; as Court throws out suit seeking Tinubu’s disqualification
Sen. Bola Tinubu

The group alluded its ground to the failure of the APC to comply with the mandatory provisions of Section 91(3) of the Electoral Act 2022 which stipulates that a political party shall not receive any contribution of cash or kind exceeding N50 million without showing the source of the contribution to INEC, among others.

But Tinubu, through his counsel, Karma Fagbemi, told Justice Nyako that the plaintiff was a meddlesome interloper who was neither a political party nor a candidate in the poll.

He said the plaintiff lacked locus standi to institute the case, which invariably challenged the political party’s decision and its internal affairs.

Tinubu, in a preliminary objection filed by his lead counsel, Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, prayed the court to dismiss the suit for being incompetent.

Giving a 14-ground argument, the lawyer said the subject matter of the suit was a challenge of his client’s eligibility in contesting for the 2023 presidential election on the ground that the APC failed and/or neglected to identify the source of the N100 million which he paid for his expression of interest and nomination form.

He described the suit as non-justiciable.

APC lawyer, Ibrahim Audu, also spoke in the same vein.

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We have barely 200,000 uncollected PVCs in Enugu State — INEC

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We have barely 200,000 uncollected PVCs in Enugu State — INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has 203,921 uncollected Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) within its 17 local government offices in Enugu State.

The collection of PVCs had gone back to INEC local government offices throughout the state from the ward levels from Jan. 23 and the exercise would end on Jan. 29.

Mr. Rex Achumie, INEC Head of Department for Voter Education and Publicity (VEP), in Enugu State, said this on Wednesday that the uncollected PVCs were 203,921 as at the beginning of work today, Jan. 25.

Achumie said that the distribution of PVCs in the state had been ongoing seamlessly and progressively each day.

According to him, if you look at the total registered voters and the balance of uncollected PVCs in the state, one can confidently say ‘we are doing well’.

“We have a total of 203,921 cards left and I believe it will continue to reduce daily as residents of the state come for their PVCs daily.

“INEC is also praying that the massive number of people that came out to collect their PVCs within this window of PVCs collection, will actually come out to vote on D-day (election day).

“INEC is once more assuring Nigerians and the good people of Enugu State that their votes will count.

“There is a whole lot of improvement in INEC, a new Electoral Act and the use of technology to ensure efficiency and that there is no human interference in the system,” he said.

On the remaining uncollected PVCs, Achumie said that the commission in the state is not relenting to see to the total collection of the remaining PVCs.

“We are seriously working hard to ensure that most of the PVCs are collected before the expiration of the PVCs collection on Sunday, Jan. 29,” he added.

A total of 2,112,793 eligible voters had been registered by INEC in Enugu State.

It is highly likely that most of them are desirous to vote in the forthcoming general elections.

INEC had fixed Feb. 25 for Presidential and National Assembly elections as well as March 11 for the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections nationwide

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Ogun PDP governorship: Supreme Court dismisses Lawal’s appeal, others

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 The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed four appeals filled by the Ogun state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship legal battle.

Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, leading a panel of five-man Justices, dismissed the appeals following their withdrawals by the respective lawyers.

The appeals instituted by the governorship aspirants, Otunba Jimi Lawal and some ward delegates were dismissed on the grounds that the appellants had no cause of action.

In one of the appeals, filed by Tayo Olabode against the PDP governorship candidate in Ogun state, Oladipupo Adebutu, the appeal was dismissed on the ground that the delegates who filed the action lacked locus standi (legal right) to do so.

It was agreed that the delegates who claimed to have been disenfranchised in the PDP primary election that produced Adebutu cannot initiate any court action against the primary election since they were not aspirants in the election.

The apex court held that the law is clear that only an aspirant in a primary election conducted for the purpose of nominating candidates for election, can lawfully challenge the outcome and not any other party member.

In another appeal, that was predicated on the failure to serve to originate summon on the defendant, the court held that since the aggrieved defendant participated in the matter from the beginning to the end, the issue of service can no longer take the front burner.

Tayo Olabode, who led a team of the ward delegates, had in his suit on behalf of his colleagues, alleged that they were disenfranchised from participating in the governorship primary election.

Specifically, he requested the court to quash the primary election that produced Adebutu on the ground that unlawful delegates conducted the primary election.

The apex court unanimously agreed that notwithstanding the anger of the aggrieved ward delegates, they are not legally permitted to challenge a primary election in which they were not aspirants.

Based on the findings, the appellant lawyers Chikwudi Enebeli and Deji Eniseyin said that they were painfully withdrawing the cases of their clients.

kekere-Ekun, consequently dismissed the appeals on the ground that they have no legs to stand upon.

Recall that the apex court had in a lead judgment by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa ordered speedy hearing of the suit after holding that the Federal High Court has jurisdiction to hear the matter.

In line with the Supreme Court’s order, on December 1, 2022,. a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja,   dismissed a suit by Otunba Adebisi Lawal, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, seeking to remove Oladipupo Adebutu, as a candidate for the 2023 Ogun state PDP governorship election.

Lawal and Adebutu had both laid claims to the gubernatorial candidate of the party ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The presiding judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo in a judgment held that he did not see any concrete documentary evidence by the plaintiff to support his claim that an unlawful delegate list was used by the PDP to conduct the April 30, Ward Congress in Ogun state.

The court noted that the plaintiff, by the suit, played a role of a spoiler, and held that the suit is a product of an afterthought.

It was the opinion of the court that Plaintiff had in a further affidavit, included pleadings not contained in the originating summons.

“I have no reason to say that the primary election was invalid, null and void.

“Upon reviewing the evidence, I find that the plaintiff attempted to use a further affidavit to amend his originating summons.

“The case of the plaintiff has been debunked by exhibits of the defendants.

“I find that the case of the plaintiff lacks credible evidence and I make an order dismissing the case,” the judge said

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