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‘Prostitution’ Of PDP Governors, Legislators Destroying Democracy – HURIWA



'Prostitution' Of PDP Governors, Legislators Destroying Democracy - HURIWA

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) is worried about the danger to democracy of incessant cross-carpeting into the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) by mostly elected governors and legislators.

The rights group also condemns cross-carpeting across party lines by political office holders as unconstitutional and unethical.
Calling it unbridled political prostitution and lawlessness, the rights group said it was miffed that even the National Assembly that ought to be custodians of the national Grund Norm has become a nest of crooks going by the frequency of financially induced cross-carpeting of elected PDP members into the APC.

According to HURIWA, it is worrisome that the APC that leads the country and represents her and the good people of Nigeria at global fora by virtue of the fact that it is the political party that produced President Muhammadu Buhari is gradually turning its political platform into the rehabitation platform for alleged corrupt politicians who now see the APC as the refuge of sinners and crooks.

“Clearly what is at play in these irritating defections by the bunch of unprincipled political office holders, is the lack of decency and total disregard to the unambiguous provisions of the Constitution which prohibit these kinds of defections and political prostitution as can be seen in the exact wordings of the Constitution in section 68 (1) (a) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 (as amended).”

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HURIWA said ” a plethora of other provisions as it concerns elected holders of executive tenured offices are found in the constitution.”

The group quoted Section 68(1) (a) of the constitution as stating thus: “A member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives shall vacate his seat in the House of which he is a member if – (a) he becomes a member of another legislative house.”

HURIWA in a media release by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf, said President Muhammadu Buhari had violated his constitutional oath of office by welcoming decampees from the opposition party especially governors and legislators elected under a different  political platforms especially because Buhari just like the unethical cross- carpeting politicians who swore oath of allegiance to the constitution which they now violate with reckless abandon.

HURIWA  then posed this question thus: “What exactly is our president showcasing to young people of Nigeria? Is it that it is right to breach the oath of office and the ethical codes that are binding on politicians which oblige them to remain loyal and faithful to the political vehicles they were driven to win political offices? This is political profanity at its apogee”.

To even note that a former National Chairman of APC was quoted as saying that APC would forgive corrupt politicians the moment they cross over to APC from PDP and indeed he spoke the mind of President Buhari who has welcomed many accused corruptly enriched politicians from the other side whose cases surreptitiously develop snail speed.

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“Pure and simple the act of politicians crossing over from their political parties to the ruling political party because of pecuniary purposes is to put it very mildly, pathetically roguish and absolutely absurd. It is an act of egregious political corruption which should interest both the EFCC and ICPC if there are independent bodies, ” the group said.

HURIWA expressed worry that the impartiality and independence of both the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission have been eroded by the fact that the president directly interferes with the workings of these bodies to influence them on when to stop prosecution of cases involving PDP office holders who decamp suddenly to the party in power at the centre.

HURIWA suggested the creation of a three-man independent task force to enforce the relevant provisions of the law on political defection to save the imminent collapse of constitutional democracy in Nigeria.


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BREAKING:Chicago State University Unable To Grant One Request By Atiku As It Releases Tinubu’s Academic Records



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President Bola Tinubu

The Chicago State University (CSU) was unable to meet one request by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate Atiku Abubakar as it finally released to him the academic records of President Bola Tinubu.

Atiku requested the documents to back his allegation of forgery of CSU certificate against Tinubu. It would mean Tinubu was not qualified to run for the election, which he won, if the allegation is successfully proved against him.

The university, on Monday, presented to Atiku’s legal team, a cache of documents connected to Tinubu’s education at the institution and copies of certificates with redacted names issued to other persons about the same time the Nigerian president finished from the school in 1979.

It also contained Tinubu’s admission records, and a letter dated 27 June 2022 confirming that he attended the university from August 1977 and June 1979 majoring in accounting. The letter said Tinubu was awarded Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with Honours on 22 June 1979.

The District Court in Northern Illinois, had in its judgement delivered on Saturday, given the university up till 12 noon on Monday to deliver the documents to Atiku.

The judge, Nancy Maldonado, gave the other after dismissing Tinubu’s objection in the judgement.

Ms Maldonando dismissed Tinubu’s objection to the 20 September decision of a magistrate judge of the court, Jeffery Gilbert.

The judge fully affirmed Gilbert’s ruling, ordering the CSU to release Tinubu’s academic records as requested by Atiku. She insisted Atiku had the right to have access to the records.

Complying with the court order on Monday, the university produced four sets of documents copies which went viral online on Monday.

In a deposition detailing its compliance with the court order, the university confirmed it was able to grant three of Atiku’s four requests.

Responding to one of the requests it granted, the university said, “after diligent search”. it was able to locate and produce seven different certificates for Bachelor of Science degree it issued in 1979.

Atiku had apparently requested the documents to compare and contrast them with the one presented by Tinubu as his for the 2023 presidential election.

The university also handed to Atiku’s team, documents relating to Tinubu and certified by an official of CSU, Jamar C. Orr, a lawyer.

The university similarly produced, “after diligent search”, copies of three other diploma certificates issued to other students other than Tinubu in 1979.

This was in response to Atiku’s request for “true and correct copies of any diplomas issued by CSU (other than to Tinubu) that contain the same font, seal, signatures, and wording (other than the name of the recipient and the specific degree awarded)”. Atiku sought these documents to compare and contrast them with the one Tinubu claimed to have obtained on or about 22 June 1979.

But the university said it was unable to locate “a copy of the original diploma it prepared for Tinubu in 1979” as requested by Atiku.

This was the kernel of Atiku’s request which is at the heart of the issue he intends to use the documents for in his legal challenge of Tinubu’s victory at the 25 February presidential election.

The university said it “does not in the ordinary course keep copies of student diplomas, and after diligent search cannot locate a copy of the original diploma it prepared for Mr. Tinubu in 1979, hence has no documents responsive to this request.”

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Group Commends Ogun Governorship Election Petition Tribunal’s Verdict



Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun

A Civil Society Organization, Advocacy for Peace and Good Governance, has commended the Ogun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal for its verdict on  the March 18, governorship election in the State.

It would be recalled that the tribunal, on Saturday, unanimously validated the victory of Governor Dapo Abiodun, as it dismissed all the grounds canvassed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Ladi Adebutu in their petitions.

The group stated that the verdict was a victory for democracy and affirmation of the people’s choice.

The group, in a statement signed by it’s National Coordinator, Waheed Sulaimon, on Saturday in Abuja, described the judgement as explicit without any ambiguity, saying it was a true reflection of what happened across Ogun State on March 18, 2023.

The group noted that the tribunal delivered its verdict based on the facts and evidence presented before it, as well as the credibility of the electoral process.

It lauded the judiciary for its impartiality in the ongoing election petition-related cases across the country, adding that Nigerians have always reposed their confidence in that arm of government.

The group, therefore, urged all parties involved to accept the decision of the tribunal and join hands with Governor Dapo Abiodun, to work towards the development of the state.

It also called on all stakeholders in the Ogun State project to rally round the governor to make the Gateway State among the best in Nigeria in terms of economic prosperity, political stability and social cohesion.

The group also lauded Governor Abiodun for his commitment to good governance and efforts at ensuring the security of lives and property, as well as his unwavering political will to speedily develop the state.

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BREAKING: Tribunal Sacks Nasarawa Governor Sule, Declares PDP’s Ombugadu Winner



Nasarawa State Governor Abudullahi Sule

The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on Monday declared David Ombugadu of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the state’s last election.

This was after the tribunal nullified  the election of Governor Abdullahi Sule of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Delivering the judgment virtually, the Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Ezekiel Ajayi, declared Ombugadu as the lawfully elected governor of Nasarawa State.

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