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Court Reserves Judgment In Appeals Challenging Yahaya Bello’s Election

A file photo of Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello during an interview on Channels Television's Sunday Politics on April 19, 2020.
A file photo of Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics on April 19, 2020.

 

 

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has reserved judgement in the appeals filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate, Musa Wada, as well as Natasha Akpoti of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), challenging the re-election of Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

At the final hearing on Monday, Wada’s counsel, Jibrin Okutepa, urged the appellate court to upturn the decision of the Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.

He insisted that there were overwhelming evidence that the election was marred by electoral malpractices.

On his part, counsel for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Dr Alex Izinyon, asked the court to dismiss the appeals.

Lawyers to Governor Bello and the All Progressives Congress (APC), Joseph Daudu and Ahmed Raji, aligned themselves with the submissions of Dr Izinyon.

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After listening to the arguments, the five-man panel of justices led by Justice Adamu Jauro reserved judgement in the appeals.

Wada and the PDP had in December 2019 approached the Tribunal, asking it to order INEC to disqualify Governor Bello from contesting the 2019 governorship election in Kogi State.

In the appeal filed by the SDP and its governorship candidate challenging the governor’s election, the appellants also alleged massive electoral malpractices and falsification of certificates on the part of the deputy governor of the state, Edward Onoja.

The five-man panel of justices also reserved judgement in the appeal filed by the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) to a date that would be communicated to the parties.

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Lagos Govt Seals Bars, Night Clubs For Flouting COVID-19 Protocols

A file photo of vehicles trapped in traffic in Lagos.

 

 

The Lagos State Safety Commission has sealed some lounges, bars, spas, and night clubs for flouting the government’s directives on the closure of social clubs in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

The Director-General of the Commission, Lanre Mojola, disclosed this on Monday while giving an update on the recent exercise carried out by the agency’s Compliance and Enforcement teams.

He listed the areas to include Lagos Island, Surulere, and Abule-Egba among others, stressing that the government has zero-tolerance for breach of safety precautionary measures and would not condone flagrant disobedience of its directives.

“Mass gathering of people in social clubs, spas, bars, betting and gaming centres, negates the safety guidelines,” the agency’s chief said.

He added, “Our preliminary investigations revealed that some bars and night clubs are not complying with safety guidelines and closure directive issued by the state government.”

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Mojola stated that the Commission has started issuing provisional safety compliance certificates to social clubs that have registered and have had their facilities verified for re-opening.

He, therefore, urged other social centres that have yet to register for the “Open Initiative” policy to do so, stressing that the facilities that have already been issued certificates were still not allowed to open until stipulated guidelines and pronouncements were made by the governor.

The agency’s chief said registration and verification were free and user-friendly and appealed to business owners to support the government by complying with all safety guidelines and protocols as part of efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus in the state.

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Trump Defends John Wayne Legacy Over Airport ‘Racism’ Row

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board in the East Room of the White House on June 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP
U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board in the East Room of the White House on June 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

 

 

US President Donald Trump leapt to the defense Monday of his movie idol John Wayne, after California Democrats called for the actor’s name to be removed from a local airport due to “racist” comments.

Wayne — the late, macho star of Hollywood westerns such as “True Grit” — held “white supremacist, anti-LGBT, and anti-Indigenous views,” the Orange County Democratic Party said in a resolution last week.

The group pointed to a 1971 interview with Playboy magazine, where Wayne was quoted saying “I believe in white supremacy” and “I don’t feel guilty about the fact that five or 10 generations ago these people were slaves.”

“The Democratic Party of Orange County condemns John Wayne’s racist and bigoted statements, and calls for John Wayne’s name and likeness to be removed from the Orange County airport,” Friday’s resolution said.

The move comes at a time when historic statues and monuments are being removed across the country, as Americans grapple with the legacy of racism.

Vast nationwide anti-racism protests followed African American George Floyd’s death in police custody last month.

“Now the Do Nothing Democrats want to take off the name John Wayne from an airport,” tweeted Trump. “Incredible stupidity!”

Trump has called himself a “longtime fan” of Wayne, appearing alongside the actor’s daughter Aissa at Wayne’s birthplace memorial in Iowa during his 2016 presidential campaign.

Wayne’s family has dismissed the Playboy interview comments as a “single outlier interview from half a century ago” that does not represent him.

“It would be an injustice to judge someone based on an interview that’s being used out of context,” Wayne’s son Ethan told CNN last year. “They’re trying to contradict how he lived his life, and how he lived his life was who he was.”

Wayne starred in more than 150 films over six decades. He was nominated for three Oscars, winning best actor for 1969’s “True Grit.”

The Democrats’ resolution noted the population of Orange County, near Los Angeles, has grown far more diverse since 1979 — the year Wayne died, and the airport was named for him.

They have called for its name to be restored to “Orange County Airport.”

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Bayelsa Discharges 54 Recovered COVID-19 Patients

 

Bayelsa State Government has discharged 54 COVID-19 patients from the isolation centre in the state.

This was disclosed on Monday by the Director of Public Health in the State, Dr Yerinbuluemi Stow.

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According to him, the strategies put in place by the government to curb community transfer of the virus in the state has begun producing results.

He noted that the State recorded only one COVID-19 positive case today.

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Taraba Govt Declares Three-Day Holiday For LG Polls

A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV
A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV.

 

 

The Taraba State government has declared Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday as public holidays for the forthcoming local government elections in the state.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Hassan Mijinyawa, announced this in a statement on Monday.

He explained that the state governor, Darius Ishaku, gave the approval to enable civil servants in the state to travel to their respective wards and vote during the polls.

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Governor Ishaku also urged people of the state to be orderly, law-abiding, and conduct themselves peacefully while discharging their civic responsibilities.

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