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Lawan Defies Court, Continues With Electoral Act Amendment



Lawan Defies Court, Continues With Electoral Act Amendment

Senate President Ahmed Lawan on Tuesday defied a court order stopping him from further amending the 2022 Electoral Act.

Lawan carried on with the amendment at the behest of President Muhammadu Buhari who requested the expungement of section 84(12) of the 2022 Electoral Act despite a restraining order.

Buhari, who appended his assent to the bill on February 25, urged the members of NASS to remove the section which mandated the resignation of political appointees before contesting in any election.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had filed a lawsuit against any further amendment of the Act at the Abuja division of the Federal High Court before Justice Inyang Ekwo.

READ ALSO: Buhari Signs Electoral Act Amendment Bill, Rejects Section

A restraining order was on Monday placed on president Buhari, the attorney-general of the Federation Abubakar Malami, and the senate from further amending the Act.

However, Mr Lawan defied the court order during the plenary session on Tuesday, as he listed consideration to amend the act for its first reading.

According to him, the court lacked the power to stop the Senate from performing its legislative duties.

All pleas by other senators including former deputy senate president Ike Ekweremadu to err on the side of caution and suspend the action fell on deaf ears as a determined Lawan insisted the court must respect the doctrine of separation of powers.

The dissenting senators buttressed their pleas by citing order 52(5) of the senate to suspend the amendment.

“The doctrine of separation of powers should be respected by all arms of government to prevent anarchy.

“The Senate will surely go ahead with the amendment as requested by the President,” insisted the senate president.


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BREAKING: Abacha’s Ex-chief Of Staff Oladipo Diya Dies




Retired Lt.General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya, the former Chief of Staff in General Sani Abacha’s military government, is dead.

His death was confirmed by Prince Oyesinmilola Diya. He said the former military administrator of Ogun State passed on to glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023.

Born on the 3rd of April, 1944, Diya was military Governor of Ogun State after the Buhari-Idiagbon coup of December 31st, 1983.

Diya joined the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and fought during the Nigerian Civil War.

He later attended the US Army School of Infantry, the Command and Staff College, Jaji (1980–1981) and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.

While serving in the military, Diya studied law at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained an LLB degree, and then at the Nigerian Law School, where he was called to bar as Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

He held other top military posts like GOC, 82 Division and finally the Chief of General Staff (military Vice President) to Gen Sani Abacha

The statement read: “On behalf of the entire Diya family home and abroad; we announce the passing on to Glory of our dear Husband,Father, Grandfather,brother, Lt- General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (Rtd) GCON, LLB, BL, PSC, FSS, mni.

“Our dear Daddy passed onto glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023. Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course.

“Barrister Prince Oyesinmilola Diya, on behalf of the family.”

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Breaking: Appeal Court Retains Adeleke As Osun Governor



BREAKING: Adeleke Freezes Osun Accounts , Reverses Appointments After Swearing In As Governor
Governor Adeleke

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has vacated the tribunal judgement that nullified the election of Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State.

The appellate court, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel of Justices, on Friday held that the appeal Adeleke lodged to challenge his sack by the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, was meritorious.

Aside from setting aside the judgement of the tribunal, the court, in its lead judgement that was delivered by Justice Mohammed Lawal, awarded N500, 000 cost against the All Progressive Congress, APC, and its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola

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BREAKING: PDP Suspends Anyim, Fayose



Anyim and Fayose

Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose; former president of the Senate, Pius Anyim; Prof Dennis Ityavyar and Aslam Aliyu were on Thursday suspended from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).

The PDP made the suspension on Thursday after an extensive review of the affairs of the party, pursuant to the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017).

The PDP also referred the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, to the National Disciplinary Committee over his reported involvement in anti-party activities.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba.

“The PDP urges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to remain united and focused at this critical time,” the statement added.


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