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Appeal Court: Why NNPP G’Ship Candidate Rejects Judgment

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…….Says the nation’s legal system must uphold its integrity.

The recent verdict by the appeal court, affirming the election of Governor Agbu Kefas of Taraba State, has been met with denunciation by the Taraba state chapter of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) and its gubernatorial candidate in the 2023 election, Prof. Sani Yahaya.

Yahaya is convinced that the judgments by both the Tribunal and the appeal court were miscarriages of justice and lacked fairness.

In an interview with a reporter, Yahaya who pressed dissatisfaction with the verdict, said already he had instructed his team of lawyers to file the case at the Supreme Court to claim the people’s mandate.   

He expressed optimism that the Supreme Court would overturn the judgments of the lower courts and give people of Taraba State what they chose.

In his view, “our legal system must uphold its integrity and ensure that every vote counts.”

Recalled that the Appeal Court had last week upheld the election of Agbu Kefas as the elected Governor of Taraba State. 

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Group Facilitates Release Of 21 prison Inmates In Bauchi

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Twenty one inmates of the Correctional Centre, Bauchi, have regained their freedom after some development organisations facilitated their release from the facility.

The organisations including the Heart That Truly Cares (HTTC), Rotary Club International and Al-Wadata Lifeline Initiative, paid N700,000 fine on behalf of the inmates.

Mrs Josephine Ibinola, Founder of the Heart That Truly Cares, said this while presenting relief items to the centre on Saturday in Bauchi.

She said the gesture was part of humanitarian service, adding that: “We came as a team because we realised the needs are enormous and it’s not something we can take all on ourselves, and that’s why we collaborated with well meaning organisations.

“We paid N700,000 fine for the 21 people that had been released, and we brought some other materials to make life a bit easier for the other inmates.

“We hope that they have learned their lessons while they were here and when they go out there, they will show to give love,” she said.

According to Ibinola, the organisations provide over 60 per cent of the inmates’ requests.

Also, Mr Pam Dauda, President of the Rotary Club International, Bauchi Chapter, said the gesture was a follow up to the need assessment visit at the facility.

He said that some of the inmates have been incarcerated for minor fine because they could not afford it, adding that, ‘we have been able to do that for some of them”.

He said the organisations also donated towels, praying mats, copies of the Holy Bible and the Qur’an, plates, bathing soap, and feeding bowls to the inmates

This, he said, is to enable them to live a better life like others outside.

On her part, Winifred Yusuf, Executive Director of the Al-Wadata Lifeline Initiative, said the organisation donated disposable sanitary pads to female inmates.

According to her, the organisation is passionate about menstrual hygiene, especially among girls.

One of the beneficiaries, Daniel Isaac, who could not afford a N10,000 fine to free himself, lauded the gesture, adding that he learnt his lessons while in captivity

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WARDC, WRAPA Urge Bauchi To Domesticate National Gender Policy

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The Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) in partnership with the Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative, (WRAPA) has tasked the relevant stakeholders in the Bauchi State Government to domesticate the 2021-2026 National Gender Policy (NGP) for equality and equitable opportunity for all genders.

WARDC with the support from MacArthur Foundation organised a stakeholders engagement for the domestication of NGP, the document which provides guidelines for mainstreaming gender in various sectors of the economy. The goal of the policy is to reduce gender inequalities and enhance participation in men, girls and boys socio-economic and political development of women.

The policy was designed to address the inequalities that exist in the socio-economic sphere, and combat all forms of violence against women and girls, among other things.

Speaking at a stakeholders engagement meeting in Bauchi, the Director of Programme, WARDC; Emmanuella Azu, urged the state to design a Bauchi Gender Policy that is capable of addressing its peculiar issues. “We are not imposing the National Gender Policy on you, we are not unmindful of the norms and traditions of the state. We want you to study the document and come up with your own,” she said.

Azu added that: “Religious factors could come in but they should be able to mainstream it within their context, and how best it suits them and they will also be able to work within the agreed quota as stipulated by the NGP.

She said the adoption of the bill would give room for equity and gender equality and more women would be given opportunities, and more women would be able to participate in both private and public places in both appointive and elective positions across the state.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs and Child Development, Mr. Saleh Mahman Mumuni, expressed the Ministry’s commitment to addressing the disparity against genders by advising the government on the importance of the policy.

The stakeholders in attendance were; representatives of the ministries of women affairs, youths and sports, education, health, education among others.

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Appeal Court President Constitutes Election Tribunal For Bauchi

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The president of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem has constituted the Election Petition Tribunal for the Bauchi State Constituency re-run elections.

This is contained in a statement by the tribunal secretary in the state, Elsie Akpabio on Tuesday.

The Appeal Court had ordered for re-run election in 42 Polling Units in four State Assembly Constituencies of the state that was held on Saturday.

The constituencies are: Bauchi Central, Zungur/Galambi, Ningi 1 and Madara/Chinade.

The Tribunal Secretary said the development was in accordance with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution and the Electoral Act.

“Justice Monica Dongben-Mensem has constituted the Election Petition Tribunal for the Bauchi State Constituency re-run elections.

“The tribunal opened their registry for official business at the state High Court of Justice.

“All registered political parties, the Nigerian Bar Association, the Independent National Electoral Commission, and the general public are advised by this announcement to take notice, please,” he said.

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