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JUST IN: Tribunal Dismisses Ardo’s Petition Against Election Of Gov Fintiri

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Adamawa State Governorship Electoral Petitions Tribunal on Monday, dismissed the petition filed by Dr. Umar Ardo Ardo against Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.

The Governorship Candidate of the Social Democratic Party(SDP), Dr. Umar Ardo, his Deputy, Amos Yusuf and SDP filed a petition challenging the governorship election conducted by INEC on the 18th March, 2023.

Dr. Ardo, in his petition instituted on the 8th May, 2023 had joined INEC, Fintiri and 16 others as respondents, alleging that the election was not conducted in substantial compliance with the electoral act.

The petitioners further alleged that the exercise conducted by the 1st respondent was marred by corrupt practices(bribery), threats and violence and however sought the nullification of the entire exercise.

On their part, 1st to 4th respondents, told the tribunal that the petition is statue barred which cannot be entertained by tribunal, alleging that the petition is not supported with evidence and not filed in compliance with the provision of the electoral act.

In her judgement, the Chairman of the tribunal, T. O. Uloho, declared that the petition is incompetent, defective, incongruous and not properly instituted before the tribunal, and that the petitioners are not certain with what they want.

Justice Uloho, stated that the petitioners had lumped the ground of corrupt practices and non compliance with the electoral act as well as failed to file written statement of names of witnesses they intended to call.

She further declared that the allegation of corrupt practices must be proved with cogent and credible evidence and failure to so do renders the petition without any probative value, worthless and lifeless.

She dismissed the petition and awarded the sum of N200, 000 in favour of INEC, Fintiri, Prof. Kaletapwa and PDP against the petitioners.

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Northern Youth Hails Ajiji’s Election As Plateau Assembly Deputy Speaker

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Youths in Northern Nigeria have felicitated with Rt. Hon. Madaki Isa Ajiji over what they described as his well-deserved victory as the Deputy Speaker, Plateau State House of Assembly, the 10th Legislative Session.

The Youths President, Comrade Godiya T. Adams Bogoro also described the new Deputy Speaker as a giant in the Savanna who’s political antecedents is far reaching.

The Northern Youth Association of Nigeria in a press release issued to journalists on Friday, noted with delight that Ajiji’s antecedents have had direct positive bearing on the people of his constituency, the entire Plateau state and by extension, Nigeria.

“We have always known Rt. Hon. Madaki Isa Ajiji as a just man who always stands for what is right, his basic drive is to see the upliftment of lives and wellbeing of his people, his victory as the deputy speaker is a blessing to the good people of Plateau state because we trust in his ability to deliver on the goals”, Bogoro said.

He added, “In the same vein, we also want to thank every members of the 10th Assembly of Plateau State for the proper comportment in electing the leadership of the Assembly, this is a in big testament to the fact that they are more focused on the task than playing politics with the people.”

Comrade Godiya Bogoro then commendes the Rt. Hon. Speaker, Principal officers of the Assembly and every member, as he enjoined people of Plateau state to poise for robust and fruitful deliberation and representation.

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Group Urges Senate To Tender An Apology To Sen Ningi, Withdraw Suspension

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A group Amalgamation of Bauchi State Concerned Groups has urged the Senate to immediately withdraw the illegal and undemocratic suspension of Senator Abdul Ningi and tender an apology.

Our Correspondent reports the senate leadership at the plenary held on 12 March, 2024 announced the suspension of Senator Abdul Ningi for three months.

This followed a motion moved by Sen. Solomon Adeola representing Ogun West, who alleged that his privilege as a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has been breached by the assertion of Senator Abdul Ningi conceming the 2024 budget.

The Chairman of the group, Mr Umar Maigamo made the call at a press briefing on Tuesday in Bauchi, saying there was no fair hearing for Ningi

He noted that instead of giving Sen.Ningi fair hearing or in the order for forensic analysis of the entire budget, the Senate went ahead to execute its premeditated action.

The Senate should immediately withdraw the illegal and undemocratic suspension of Senator Ningi and tender an unreserved apology to the senator and to the good people of Bauchi Central Senatorial District whom he ably represents.

The Senate President should immediately step aside and allow investigation of the allegations in line with the rules of the Senate.

“Order for an investigation into the allegation of 500 million naira given to some selected ranking senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said

The group calls for the review of the 2024 budget and all anomalies be corrected with immediate effect.

According to him,” We will like to make it categorically clear that should the Senate insist on denying Senator Ningi a fair hearing,

“We the good people of Bauchi State, particularly constituents from the Bauchi Central Senatorial District, will follow all lawful and democratic means to seek redress.

“It is imperative that our democracy must thrive on the principle of justice, fairness and accountability. We must uphold such values and hold our elected officials accountable for their actions and inactions,” Maigamo said.

It would be recalled that Senator Abdul Ningi granted an interview to the BBC Hausa Service where he raised issues regarding the 2024 budget.

The senator alleged that there were some anomalies in the budget where he specifically stated that the sum of N3.7 trillion could not be traced to any projects or location in the 2024 budget.

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Budget Padding: Northern Students To Shut Down National Assembly Over Ningi’s Suspension

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The Association of Northern Nigerian Students (ANNS) has given the National Assembly 48 hours ultimatum to reverse its decision over the suspension of Senator Abdul Ahmad Ningi; Senator Representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District in Bauchi State or face shutdown.

This was contained in a press statement signed and made available to Jewel Times by the National President, ANNS Comrade Sani Adamu.

Sani Adamu said the leadership of the association totally condemned the decision of the senate leadership over the suspension of the senator.

“If you could recall few days ago, Senator Abdul Ahmad Ningi has accused the Senate President of budget padding amounting to ₦3.7 Trillion which remains unaccounted for in the 2024 budget, that the amount were earmarked without specific project”.

Comrade Sani Adamu reminded the Senate President on the duties and responsibilities of the legislature, maintaining that “What Senator Abdul Ahmad Ningi did was part of his duty as member of the legislature to scrutinize the budget, ensure its full implementation and make laws for the country.

He added that “We give 48 hours ultimatum to the senate leadership to reverse their decision on Ningi or face a mega protest that will shutdown National Assembly”.

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