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Court refuses to grant order to stop Labour Party’s presidential rally in Lagos

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Lagos—Ten lawyers have instituted a lawsuit against Labour Party’s Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, and his running mate, Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos State.

The lawsuit seeks to obtain an order to stop the “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally” slated for October 1, 2022.

According to SaharaReporters, The plaintiffs brought the Originating Summons pursuant to Section 6(6) (1) of Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), section of the Police Act. 2020, section (3) of the National Security Agencies Act Cap N74, Section 1(3) of the terrorism (prevention and prohibition) Act, 2022. Order 3. Rule 6 of the federal high court (civil procedure) rules 2019 and under the inherent jurisdiction of the court.

The suit which was marked FHC/L/CS/1720/22 had the ten lawyers who are the plaintiffs as: Adedotun Ajulo Esq; Salamatu Suleiman Lewi Esq; Hakeem Jaduola, Esq; Ogunbona Akinpelu Esq; Owolabi K. Oluwasegun, Esq; Mogbojuri Kayode Esq; Wuyep Mantin Nadom Esq; Dimimu Mabel Esq; Kolawole Salami, Esq and Wale Abe Lawrence.

Meanwhile apart from Peter Obi and the LP, other defendants are: Julius Abure, Esq; Inspector-General of Police; Commissioner of Police (Lagos State Command); Director General, (Department Of State Services); Lekki Concession Company Limited; Attorney-General of Lagos State and The Governor of Lagos State.

However, the court refused to rule in favour of the plaintiffs and failed to grant an ex parte injunction on Thursday.

The defendants had raised ten questions for the court to determine in granting the order sought if it was considered in affirmative.

Among the questions raised are “whether having regard to the true construction and intent of Section 40 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), and the resultant effect of the ENDSARS Protest of 2020 to destruction of lives and property, the 1, 2, 3 and 4 Defendants can hide under the guise of Right to peaceful assembly to endorse the Scheduled ENDSARS Anniversary, Protest, Rally tagged “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally” being organised by their agents, privies, assigns, members or associates or howsoever described to come up on the 1 of October, 2022.”

The plaintiffs seek reliefs in the event that their questions were resolved in the positive; “a declaration of the court that having regard to the true constructive and intent of Section 40 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), and the resultant effect of the ENDSARS Protest of 2020 destruction of lives and property, the 1, 2, 3 and 4 Defendants cannot hide under the guise of Right to peaceful assembly to endorse the Scheduled ENDSARS Anniversary, Protest. Rally tagged “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally being organised by their agents privies assigns or associates to come up on the 1 of October,

“A declaration of this honorable court that the 1, 2, 3 and 4 Defendants are under Statutory obligations as citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in view of Section 24 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) to exercise caution, restraint on their allies, privies, assigns and associates not to carry out the END SARS Anniversary, Protest, Rally tagged “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally being organized to of Section 45(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

“A declaration of this honorable court that the scheduled ENDSARS anniversary protest/rally tagged “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally being organized by the 1, 2, 3 and 4 Defendants or their agents and associates runs la dear collision with the unequivocal relevant provisions of Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Act, 2022.

“A declaration of this honorable court that, having regard to the statutory requirements as enshrined is Section 45 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), the 1, 2, 3 and 4 Defendants are under legal obligation to forthwith hat organizing or disassociate themselves from the organizers of the END SARS Protest to come up on the 1 of October, 2022 as well as to issue public statements to halt the said protest as already scheduled for the interest of public safety and order.

“A declaration of this honorable court that the 9 Defendant is under legal duty, having regard to Section 15 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and the relevant provisions of the Companies and Allied Matters Act setting out its corporate functions, to not open its space at the Lekki Toll Gate for the purposes of aiding and allowing the 1, 2, 3 and 4 Defendants as well as their agents, privies, assigns, allies and servants, the organizers of the END SARS anniversary protest/rally tagged “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally” to assemble on the 1 of October, 2022 for the purpose of celebrating the END SARS Protest Anniversary,” among others.

Meanwhile, the plaintiffs’ efforts to obtain an ex parte injunction on Thursday failed as the presiding judge, Justice Osiagor refused to grant the prayers, stating that there was no evidence that October 1st rally was ENDSARS rally.

The court however adjourned the matter to 23rd of September 2022 for further hearing and directed the plaintiffs to put all the defendants/respondents on notice.

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Digital institute calls for implementation of Freedom of Information Act

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Abuja—The Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), on Monday, joined other experts from government ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) to make appraisal of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2011 and the challenges facing its effective implementation in the country.

According to a statement by the institute on Monday, the DBI management team to the one-day interactive workshop on the appraisal of FOIA was led by the Head of the Public Affairs Unit, Mr. Akin Ogunlade, who was also accompanied by Ms. Temidayo Olaloye.

The statement read, “The round-table solution-oriented workshop, organized by the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) is to bring together stakeholders from the state and non-state actors to the interactive workshop to seek a better understanding of the Freedom of Information.

“According to the BPSR, the Forum is also to discuss the challenges facing its implementation, as well as proffer solutions to mitigating those challenges.

“The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has provided the public the right to request access to records from any federal agency. The FOIA is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government.

“The workshop has at least two nominees from all MDAs across Nigeria in participation and it was expected that recommendations reached by participants at the workshop, would be drawn up for actionable points to develop policy briefs for the government.”

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Buhari’s intention to lift 100m Nigerians out of poverty intact—Minister

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Lagos—The Minister of State for Power, Goddy Jedy-Agba, has reiterated the Federal Government’s determination to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030 through its Energy Transition Plan, ETP, according to the Daily Nigerian.

Mr. Jedy-Agba disclosed this during 2022 Nigeria Energy Forum Day 2, Virtual Edition, held on Monday following the Day 1 physical event earlier held in Lagos.

President Muhammadu Buhari had unveiled the government’s plans to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030.

Kachollum Daju, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, said this when she addressed newsmen on Sunday in Abuja.

According to the minister, ETP will lift no fewer than 100 Nigerians out of poverty and drive the economic growth of the country.

“It will also bring modern energy services to the full population and managing the expected long-term job loss in the oil sector due to global decarbonization.

“The plan focuses on the rapid build-out of sustainable energy systems to tackle energy poverty in the nation,” the minister said.

He said in designing the plan, key targets from relevant policies and initiatives such as the 2020 Economic Sustainability Plan, the Nigeria Electrification Project, the National Decarbonization Programme, and the Presidential Power Initiative.

“The ETP is geared towards low-carbon development of Energy systems across 5 key sectors; Power, Industry, Cooking, Transport, and Oil and Gas.”

Mr Jedy-Agba said the plan had been approved by the Federal Executive Council and adopted as National Policy.

“An Energy Transition Implementation Working Group (ETWG) has been established to drive the implementation of the ETP along with key International Partners.

“The ETWG is chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and comprises of several key ministers including the Ministers for Environment, Finance, Works and Housing, Petroleum Resources, Foreign Affairs, and Power.

“The Working Group and its secretariat, the Energy Transition Office, have been engaging with in-country stakeholders, development partners, financiers, and the international community for the delivery of the plan,” he said.

He said the ETP analysis shows that delivering Nigeria’s net-zero target requires 1.9 trillion dollars in spending up to 2060, including 410 billion dollars above business-as-usual spending.

Speaking on the plan, Inga Stefanowicz, the Team Leader, Green Economy Co-operation Section, EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, said Nigeria was not standing aloof on the ongoing transition.

According to her, the EU will contribute some 400 million Euros worth of projects and programmes to the ETP.

“This amount may seem modest when compared with the needs and the ETP estimates, but it is also the role of our funds to act as catalysers of change, reforms, private sector, and international development finance investment.

“We are proud to have achieved such positive spillovers for Nigeria already and we look forward to working together more,” she said.

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Machina defeats senate president, Lawan again in Appeal Court

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Abuja—The Court of Appeal in Abuja has upheld the senatorial candidacy of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Yobe North, Bashir Sheriff Machina.

According toSaharaReporters, the Appeal Court in a unanimous judgment affirmed the earlier decision of the Federal High Court, Damaturu which declared Machina as the rightful senatorial candidate of APC for Yobe North.

The court dismissed the petition filed by the ruling party for being unmeritorious and awarded N1 million to Machina.

President of the Court, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem who delivered the judgement held that the lower court was right when it validated the May 28th APC senatorial primary election that produced Machina because it was duly monitored by INEC.

In June, a Federal High Court in Damaturu, Yobe State had declared Machina as the party’s senatorial candidate for Yobe North having emerged from a valid primary election that was conducted on May 28, 2022.

Though Lawan initially accepted the verdict and made public his decision not to appeal the judgement, he, however, made a U-turn and secretly sponsored an appeal at the Court of Appeal, Abuja.

SaharaReporters earlier reported that Lawan; the APC National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu and some key officials of the presidency were working round the clock to upturn the decision of the lower court using President Muhammadu Buhari’s name to intimidate the Justices of the panel.

Machina won the primary election organised by the APC in May 2022, while Lawan opted to contest the presidential primary election organised by the APC in June.

Lawan lost the APC presidential ticket to former Lagos governor, Bola Tinubu.

However, Machina was asked to step down for Lawan but he insisted that he would not withdraw for the Senate President.

Amid the controversy, the APC submitted the Senate President’s name to INEC as its senatorial candidate for Yobe North.

Miffed by the development, Machina headed to court to seek redress. Specifically, Machina in his suit asked the court to declare him as the validly elected senatorial candidate of the APC for the 2023 election.

Justice Aminu nullified the parallel primary election that produced Lawan on June 9, 2022.

Consequently, the trial judge ordered the APC to forward the name of Machina to INEC as the authentic winner of the primary held in May.

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