Idris Ahmed, Lagos
National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Ahmed Tinubu has congratulated Hope Uzodinma on his victory at the Supreme Court, in an unanimous Judgment on Tuesday, that sacked Emeka Ihedioha of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as Imo governor and declared him as duly elected
The judgment delivered by Justice Kudirat Kekere Ekun on behalf of 6 other Judges, held that the candidate of the APC won on grounds that he polled majority of the lawful votes cast at the election.
On Wednesday, Tinubu, in a statement, said the Court’s decision was a victory for truth and justice in Nigeria.
He said: “Foes of justice and democracy had engineered a plot by which the improper and willful exclusion of over 200,000 valid votes cast for Uzodinma would deny him the office the people of Imo had chosen him to fill. The wrongful exclusion of such a vast number of valid votes threatened to turn the Imo governorship election into an unfortunate rejection of the sovereign will of the electorate.
“It was imperative that this injustice be corrected and in line with its responsibility, the Supreme Court carefully reviewed the case. Recognising the obvious impropriety and unfairness of the exclusion, the apex court objectively and impartially ruled in favour of the people and in support of democracy.
“The Supreme Court prudently and judiciously rose to the occasion as the defender of our constitution by rendering the only judgment that could protect the democratic rights and the collective will of the people of Imo State.
“This decision underscores the role of the courts in safeguarding democracy and bolsters public faith in the integrity of our judiciary to fulfil this vital mission.
“Yesterday’s decision proves that the Court has both impartiality and the integrity to pursue justice and follow the evidence wherever it may lead.
“I commend Senator Uzodinma for his determination in pursuing this case to the end and applaud his faith that the judicial system will ultimately restore justice.
“Where others might have given up, he continued relentlessly in his pursuit of justice. His perseverance has now been rewarded with the restoration of his mandate. In effect, Imo’s new governor lived up to his very name, Hope. Indeed, Hope never gave up hope.
“The Supreme Court has now spoken. Its decision is final. Therefore, there is nothing to be gained from speculation or second-guessing. The time has come for the people of Imo to unite and work towards a brighter future under Senator Uzodinma.
“For the new Governor, the real work begins now. The Governor must dedicate himself to establishing a government that transforms the fortunes of the people. I urge Senator Uzodinma to reach out to those who opposed him. He must let them know that he bears no grudges and seeks only good for all people of the state.
“I know this is a disappointment for Governor Emeka Ihedioha and his supporters. I urge him to take solace in the fact that you conducted a spirited and vibrant campaign and hope that he and his supporters will now respect the ruling of the court. There remains a place for them in working for the betterment of the state.
“For prosperity, democracy and social harmony to reign, both the new and outgoing governor and their supporters must recognise that the electoral contest is over. Now is the time to come together for the welfare of the people.
“It is our hope that Imo emerges from this process to shine as a beacon and an exemplar of progressive good governance under the banner of the APC.”
Aliyu Condemns Looting, Destruction Of Billions Naira Medical, Agricultural Equipments In Kogi
Following the massive looting and destruction of medical and agricultural equipments, the Federal Capital Territory Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has condemned in strong terms the wanton destruction of medical equipment worth billions of naira at the Central Medical Store and Agricultural Development Project warehouse both situated in Lokoja, the State capital by hoodlums.
In a statement signed and issue on Friday, by Special Adviser on Media, Austine Elemue, said the Minister described the hoodlums as enemies of the state, also called on the state government especially the Governor not to be deterred by the unfortunate incident, but be focused in repositioning the health sector for efficient service delivery.
Aliyu, who acknowledged that though the devastation of medical equipment in the state was quite enormous, she however expressed the hope that the state would bounce back better and stronger.
In her words; “My heart blends when I saw the wanton destruction of our essential drugs warehouse by hoodlums. I was particularly pained that these enemies of state and heartless looters came in at a time when the state government is taking steps to equip our health centres in view of the global health challenges.
“Nevertheless, I am convinced beyond any reasonable doubt that this trying period is just a phase, and Kogi state will come out better. Governor Yahaya Bello should not be deterred by this very sad development, but be focused in his health sector recovery efforts”.
The minister also commended the state police command for the arrest of suspected looters of items at various warehouses in Lokoja, just as she called on the commissioner of police to get rid of criminals masquerading as protesters in the state. The statement added.
FCCPC Signs Tripartite MoU With EFCC, FTC To Strengthening Cooperation, Addressing Mutual Cross-Border Problems
As parts of ongoing efforts to checkmate excesses in discharge of their official duties effectively and efficiently geared towards achieved set goal of the commission. The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) on Wednesday signed an updated tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and United States foremost competition and consumer protection authority, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and jointly, (the Agencies’).
The purpose of the MoU is to strengthen cooperation and collaboration in addressing mutual cross-border consumer protection/fraud concerns and problems.
The updated MoU reaffirms the Agencies’ intention and willingness to deploy their capacities to work together, share information, and assist one another in relevant investigations. It also establishes a Joint Implementation Committee to develop joint training programmes and provide assistance with regards to specific investigations.
The MOU also affirms the Agencies’ continuing support for econsumer.gov; a joint project of similar agencies from 40 countries for reporting international online scams. The MOU is a framework for voluntary cooperation that does not change existing laws in either country.
Babatunde Irukera, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, FCCPC, Mohammed Umar Abba, Acting Executive Chairman, EFCC and, Joseph Simons, Chairman, FTC all signed the updated MoU on behalf of their respective agencies.
Commenting on the MoU, Babatunde Irukera, EVC/CEO, FCCPC said “this cross-border collaboration is perhaps one of the most vital tools for combating criminal conduct and consumer protection violations which now transcend territories. Indeed, criminals and exploiters specifically create arrangements and devices to exploit consumers globally from remote locations in order to escape justice and retribution. This framework strengthens our joint abilities and efforts to address this”.
FCCPC discharges its mandate of protection by both preventive and remedial action including complaint resolution, investigations and enforcement action, while the EFCC investigates and prosecutes financial crimes including frauds perpetrated on consumers. The FTC is the United States government’s equivalent of the FCCPC with a mandate to regulate competition and enforce consumer protection laws.
This MoU is consistent with FCCPC’s mandate and strategy to cooperate with counterpart agencies and other regulators to protect consumers and promote market competition in Nigeria.
Social Media Regulation: Desmond Elliot Broke Down In Tears On Live TV Over Social Media Attack
A serving house of Assembly member in Lagos State, Desmond Elliot has broken down in tears on Live TV, following the backlash he’s receiving from Nigerians over social media regulation.
Recall that the former actor, at the Lagos State House of Assembly in his submission, pushed for passing if social media regulation bill.
the controversial statement received lots of criticisms, as many Nigerian youths boast him for referring to youths as “children” and for also pushing for the regulation of social media.
Desmond Elliot in a new interview on Arise TV broke down in tears. This came after he apologized for his statement earlier.
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