Yahaya Idris, Lokoja.
The Senior Special Assistant on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, Hon. Chief Barr. Muhammed Tanko Musa Osuku, have congratulated Kogi West Senator Smart Adeyemi on the Appeal Court judgment in Abuja which affirmed his emergence as the Senator duly elected at the November 16, 2019 election.
Reacting to the judgment, the SSA in a statement signed by his Media Aide, Yahaya Idris, said the Appeal Court verdict was a victory for democracy and the good people of the Kogi West, which according to him, the APC gave their overwhelm support in view of what the Alhaji Yahaya Bello led administration was doing since its assumption of office.
Barr. Tanko who is the immediate past Administrator of Koton-Karfe, Kogi Local Government Area, while thanking God for the victory, appreciated the judiciary for rising up to its solemn responsibility of ensuring that justice prevails, stressing that the judgment was a clear indication that the third arm of government is the last hope of the common man. Describing it as a true reflection of the wishes of the people of the Kogi West, especially those at the grassroots.
“He therefore, wishes to call on Sen. Dino Melaye and opposition to drop their difference in the interest of the zone and join hands with our visionary Senator to move western zone forward.
The Court of Appeal in Abuja, had on Tuesday, dismissed the appeal by the former Senator and aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 16, 2019 Senatorial election, Senator Dino Melaye, seeking to upturn the emergence of Senator Smart Adeyemi
Barr. Tanko Congratulates Gov Bello On Victory At Supreme Court, Says The Apex Court Judgement As An Affirmation Of The People’s will As Expressed In November 16 Poll.
By Yahaya Idris, Kogi.
The immediate past Administrator of Koton-Karfe, Kogi Local Government Area, Hon. Barr. Chief Muhammed Tanko Musa Osuku, has congratulated his benefactor and incumbent Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello, over Monday’s Supreme Court Verdict that validated his election as Governor.
Barr. Tanko who is also the Senior Special Assistant on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to Governor Bello, described the apex court Judgement as an affirmation of the people’s will as expressed through their votes in the November 16, governorship election in the state.
In a statement signed by his Media Aide, Yahaya Idris and made available to newsmen said, “It is a great day for democracy and the people of Kogi State.
“The highest court in the country has finally settled the controversies surrounding the Kogi governorship election and affirmed Governor Yahaya Bello as the true winner of the election.
“I want to congratulate Governor Yahaya Bello and his Deputy Chief David Edward Onoja on their victory at the Supreme Court. This victory is for the good people of Kogi state, they are the real winners in the context. We have no doubt in Gov. Bello’s ability to take Kogi State to the next level of development and prosperity”.
He however, pray for long life, sound health and strength of the Governor to enable him go on with the laudable programs he has started.
New Direction Practice: Federal High Court Judge, Hon. Justice John Terhemba Tsoho Introduce New Way Of Law Practice In Abuja
In a bid to ensure speed and modern way of law practice in the country, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Honourable Justice John Terhemba Tsoho has issued new Practice Directions, entitled: FEDERAL HIGH COURT OF NIGERIA, PRACTICE DIRECTIONS (NO. 2) 2020.
A press statement signed by Acting Information Officer, Oby Catherine Nwandu says Its objective, as stated in the preamble is that, it is issued:
In the exercise of the power conferred on the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria by Section 254 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,1999 (as amended) and pursuant to the provision of Section 2(10) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fourth Alteration, No.21) Act 2017, which amends the provision of Section 285 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) mandating all trial courts in every pre-election matter to deliver judgment within 180 days from the date of filing the suit.
The salient provisions contained therein are as follows:
1. That These Practice Direction shall, save to the extent and as may otherwise be ordered by the Honourable Chief Judge, apply to all pre-election matters filed before the Federal High Court of Nigeria.
2. Nothing in the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2019 shall prevent a Judge of the Court from hearing a pre-election matter already pending before the Court, during the vacation period until judgement is delivered.
3(i) No petition shall be entertained against a Judge of the Court hearing a pre-election matter, save from a party on record in such matter.
(ii) Where a party on record petitions as in (i) above, such petition shall be accompanied by an affidavit verifying the contents of the petition.
(iii) the party shall cause same to be served on the Judge and all parties on record, notwithstanding that the petition is addressed to the Honourable, the Chief Judge of the Court.
(iv) Where the petition is addressed to the Honourable, the Chief Judge, the proof of service of the advanced copies on all parties on record and the Judge concerned shall accompany the petition.”
The Practice Directions, made at Abuja and dated on Friday, the 24th day of July, 2020 also took effect from that same date.
Courts Dethrone Two Kogi Traditional Rulers, Eje Ofu, Onu Ugwolawo.
Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
A Kogi State High Court sitting in Idah, presided over by Justice F. Ajayi, has ruled that the Eje of Ofu, Chief James Abalaka and his Ugwolalwo counterpart, Chief Gabriel Igono Attai to vacate their seats as traditional rulers.
Justice Ajayi in his ruling said that the recommendation of Mr. Gabriel Attai Igonoh for the stool of Onu District Head of Ugwolawo by the Attah Igala, HRM Michael Ameh Oboni was unconstitutional, null and void as it is contrary to provisions of the Kogi State Chiefs Law, No 23 of 2006.
The court also quashed the appointment of Mr. Igonoh by the Kogi State Government following discovery that he is not a member of any of the four ruling houses.
In a suit number IDHC/18/2018 between Prince Usman Atodo Atabo, as claimant, and Gabriel Attai Igono, Ata Igala, Kogi State Attorney General and Kogi State Governor, as defendants, Justice Ajayi, stated that ,” it has been established that he is not a member of any of the four ruling houses in Igala chiefdom, having emanated from the lineage of Aga, a female angle of Aju Ocholi dynasty.”
In a similar development, the Eje of Ofu and Chairman Ofu Traditional Council, Chief James Abalaka was removed by Kogi State High Court, Anyigba, presided over by Justice Rukayat Ayoola.
Justice Ayoola ruled that that the appointment of Chief Abalaka as Eje of Ofu was in total disregard of the provisions of Sections 3 and 4 of Kogi State Chieftaincy Law No. 23 of 2006.
The court ruled that Akwu Obaje is the rightful person to be appointed Eje of Ofu Local Government Area having been nominated and recommended by the four ruling houses.
The court also ruled that Chief James Abalaka, who was endorsed by Chief Akwu Obaje and not by the committee of the four ruling houses and is therefore not a qualified person to be appointed as Eje of Ofu local Government Area.
The court gave an order setting aside the recommendation by the Atta Igala and the state Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and the subsequent appointment of Chief James Abalaka by Kogi State Government; and gave an order of perpetual injunction restraining Chief James Abalaka from parading himself as Eje of Ofu Local Government Area.
The court also gave an order of perpetual injunction restraining the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs from appointing any other person than Chief Akwu Obaje as Eje of Ofu as the court also set aside the appointment of Chief James Abalaka by the state government through the ministry.
The court eventually directed the Atta Igala and Kogi State Government to appoint Chief Akwu Obaje as Eje of Ofu Local Government Area. The Eje and his co-defendants have 90 days within which to appeal against the judgement.
Chief Abalaka has eventually lost his seat as Eje of Ofu as his Stay of Execution Suit No. AYHC/31m/2020 was dismissed in the court’s ruling.
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