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Maikaya Foundation Bags ‘The NGO Humanitarian, Leadership & Excellence Award 2019

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Yahaya Idris, Toto

On Thursday Afternoon, in Toto Local Government Area, the North Central Magazine Publishers Forum in collaboration with NewTimes Africa Magazine held its award-giving ceremony at the Ciroma Toto resident, Toto ward, Toto LGC of Nasarawa State. And Chief Maikaya has bagged the NGO Humanitarian, Leadership & Excellence Award 2019 at the ceremony.

Alhaji Muhammed Musa Maikaya has been doing very well thorough his Non Governmental Organisation over the years. The award was exclusively packaged by the North Central Media Practitioners ably led by the Chairperson of the forum, Hon. Doorshima From Benue State.

“The biggest achievement of the Maikaya Foundation, apart from empowering youths, women and vulnerable people to come out of poverty, is that the organisation has taken the pioneering step of creating a full-fledged social enterprise in Nasarawa State and beyond, with the intent to ensure financial sustainability of NGOs and giving hope and future to the society”.

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Alh. Chief (Dr.) Muhammed Musa Maikaya and CEO Maikaya Foundation, received the award on behalf of the NGO dedicates the award to all its board members, staff and volunteers. Adding that Without them, the organisation would not have reached the height and respect it occupies today.

Maikaya commended the group for finding the NGO worthy for recognition and commendation. reiterated the foundation commitment and resolve to reach out to the society for continue humanitarian service and not applause rather to contribute their quota in touching lives positively in all facets of human endeavours.

According to the entrepreneurship, youthful mentorship and grassroot political juggernaut, this award would spur him and the Maikaya foundation to more.

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The event brought together people within and outside the State and amongst faces who grace the occasion are, Rt. Hon. Shuaibu Sani, Rt. Hon. Jaafar M. Loko, Alhaji Kabiru Ibrahim Dallah and many others group within and outside Toto LG.

Hon. Shuaibu Sani who spoke onbehalf of the Youth Assembly Nigeria, (YAN) and other notable youth present during the event says “they were privileged to witnessed the formal presentation of Award of Excellence to Maikaya Foundation, one of the most outstanding and reputable NGOs in the sub-Saharan Africa that usually accords premium to touching the lives of humanity across the globe.”

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According to Sani the award was exclusively packaged by the NORTH CENTRAL Magazine Publishers Forum with aimed of Eulogies the Foundation for supporting Girl-Child education and other humanitarian gesture which the Maikaya Foundation has being rendering services over some decades.

Recalled Maikaya is the immediate past APC Gubernatorial Aspirant in the last 2019 election in Nasarawa State and presently works with NNPC, base in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Racism: Neymar Avoided A Ban

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Paris Saint-German’s Neymar and Marseille’s Alvaro Gonzalez have avoided punishment after allegedly making racist and homophobic remarks in the meeting between the sides earlier this month, the French league (LFP) announced on Wednesday.

The world’s most expensive player was accused of making the remarks towards Marseille’s Japan right-back Hiroki Sakai and Gonzalez. The Brazil attacker claimed the Spanish centre-back had called him a “monkey”.

“The disciplinary commission states that it does not have sufficient proof to allow it to establish the substance of the facts concerning discriminatory language,” the LFP said.

Marseille’s victory at Parc des Princes on September 13 was marred by an injury-time scuffle which saw five players red-carded. Neymar was sent off for slapping Gonzalez on the back of the head and was given a two-match ban for the incident.

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Last week, PSG’s Angel Di Maria received a four-match ban for spitting during the fixture.

 

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Governor Uzodima Wins Again At Federal High Court, As Suit Challenging Him Dismissed

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The Federal High Court setting in Abuja, on Tuesday, dismissed a suit, asking the court to restrain Hope Uzodinma as Imo State governor.

The judge, Okon Abang, who delivered the ruling after taking arguments from counsel to parties, also ordered the award of N500, 000 each in favour of 1st, 2nd and 7th defendants in the matter.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Kingdom Okere, Reform and Advancement Party (RAP)’s 2019 Governorship Candidate in Imo, had filed a suit asking the court to stop Mr Uzodinma.

While Mr Uzodinma is the 1st defendant in the suit, the governor of Imo, Attorney-General of Imo, All Progressives Congress (APC), Action Alliance (AA), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are 2nd to 7th defendants respectively.

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Although all parties were represented at the resumed hearing on Tuesday, only Action Alliance was not represented.

Ifeoma Ogufo, Counsel to Mr Okere, informed the court that she had filed a notice to discontinue the suit and that defendants had been served.

M.A. Aguda, who was counsel to Mr Uzodima, did not oppose the application.

He urged the court to dismiss the suit.

However, Mr Aguda, who described the suit as a distraction to his client in steering the ship of the state, asked for an award of N5 million cost against the plaintiff.

 

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Tribunal Sacks Kwara APC lawmaker, Declares PDP Winner As APC Rejects Ruling, To Appeal

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The Kwara State House of Assembly Rerun Election Petition Tribunal, on Monday, nullified the victory of Adam Rufai of the All Progressives Congress in the by-election for Patigi constituency.

The tribunal subsequently declared Salihu Mohammed Gada of PDP winner of the by-election held on March 14, 2020.

However, the Kwara State chapter of APC rejected the judgment of the tribunal which declared the candidate of PDP the winner of the recent Patigi by-election.

The seat became vacant when Rufai’s brother, Saidu Ahmed, died in December 2019 after a brief illness.

It explained that the judgment was based on the difference between ‘Adam’ and ‘Adama’ on the certificate of the candidate of the APC.

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Kwara APC made the complaint in a press statement by its Publicity Secretary, Folaranmi Aro, on Monday.

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The statement was titled, ‘APC rejects, to appeal Tribunal’s judgment on Patigi … Says judgment a judicial subversion of people’s mandate’.

Aro complained that the PDP never called any witness from the examination body to substantiate its claim that the APC candidate was not the owner of the certificate he tendered for his election.

Part of the statement read, “The tribunal did not deny that we won the election overwhelmingly. It instead hid under a feeble excuse that the names of our candidate on the two certificates he presented to the electoral body are slightly different from each other to award our mandate to the opposition.

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“It is a sad day for democracy as the judgment is a slap on thousands of the electorate who stood in the sun to make their choices.

“This judgment is a violent attack on the position of the Supreme Court in many established cases where an alphabet was either omitted or added to a candidate’s name. We are definitely going to appeal the judgment because it signals a danger for our democracy and amounted to stealing the mandate of the people. The judgment is a judicial subversion of the mandate of the people.”

Meanwhile, a former senate President, Bukola Saraki, has congratulated Yahaya over the judgement.

The former Kwara State governor tweeted, “A big congrats to the candidate of our party @OfficialPDPNig for the State Assembly by-election held in Patigi, Kwara State on 14th March, 2020. Hon. Salihu Muhammad Yahaya has just been declared the winner by a tribunal. I also congratulate all our stakeholders for their steadfastness.”

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