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Imo State: Why Supreme Court Judgement Should Be “Interrogated” – Mike Ozekhome

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A senior advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, has called on analysts to “interrogate” the supreme court ruling that sacked Imo State governor, Emeka Ihedioha, and declared the All Progressives Congress candidate, Hope Uzodinma, winner of last year’s Imo governorship election.  Uzodinma came fourth in that contest.

Ozekhome says the supreme court ruling should be checked to decipher if the judgment was delivered in accordance with the law.  The senior lawyer expressed amazement at how a fourth place finisher in an election could now declared winner by the supreme court.

He said it is now time for legal pundits, analysts and academicians, to dissect the judgment thoroughly, to see if it met the justice of the case based on available facts.  He said it is important to ensure that the supreme court actually delivered justice according to law.

Ozekhome also blamed INEC for the frequent intervention by the judiciary in electoral issues.  He said the judiciary’s constant role in settling electoral scores would have been greatly minimized if INEC had done its work correctly.  He said, “INEC is neither independent, impartial nor well-equipped to count the electorate’s votes and also allow such votes to count.”

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Senate Confirms Mahmood Yakubu As INEC Chairman

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Now, Independent National Electoral Commission chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, can continue as the commission’s boss after the senate confirmed him on Tuesday for a second and final term.

Yakubu was first appointed INEC chairman in November 2015, succeeding Attahiru Jega, who supervised that year’s general election.

Committee chairman, Kabiru Gaya, says Yakubu was re-confirmed because of his suitability for the position with no petition or incriminatory report against him.  Gaya says Yakubu is a nominee with a high level of intelligence, no affiliation to any political party and has never participated in any political campaign.

Yakubu resumes immediately.

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Delta To Hold LG Election March 2021

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Delta State independent electoral commission has fixed march next year for elections into chairmanship and councillorship positions in the state.

Commission chairman, Michael Ogbodu made the announcement after meeting with stakeholders and party chairmen on Tuesday in Asaba.

Ogbodu says additional 34 wards was created to add to the existing 466 wards across the 25 local government areas in the state.

The commission chairman approved immediate commencement of pre-election activities such as campaigns.

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Nigeria Records 281 New Coronavirus Cases

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The Nigeria Centre for disease Control (NCDC) has announced 281 new coronavirus infections in thirteen states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The total confirmed cases in the country have now risen to 67,838.

As usual, Lagos recorded the highest number of infections with 123, while the Federal Capital Territory, Kaduna and Imo reported 64, 38 and 15 infections respectively.

The rest of the cases were shared among nine other states.

The agency said 148 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and have been discharged from different isolation centers in the country.

Three new deaths were recorded as a result of complications from the disease.

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