Justice Olukayode Ariwoola has been sworn in by President Muhammadu Buhari as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
Naija News gathered that the swearing-in ceremony was held on Wednesday before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.
Those in attendance during the swearing-in include Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde and the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu.
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Justice Ariwoola while addressing newsmen after the swearing-in ceremony called on politicians in the country to allow the judiciary to function properly as the 2023 elections approach while promising reforms at the apex court.
The Supreme Court has on Wednesday scheduled judgment on the dispute over who should be the candidate for the next governorship election in Delta State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for October 21.
Naija News reports that a five-member panel presided over by Justice Amina Augie announced the date after arguments from lawyers of parties in the appeal filed by David Edevbie against the August 29 judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja.
The Court of Appeal had, in its judgment reversed the July 7 judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja which voided the nomination of Speaker Sheriff Oborevwori.
Oborevwori came first in the party’s governorship primary held on May 25, but Edevbie challenged Oborevwori’s nomination, claiming that he (Oborevwori) submitted false documents to the PDP, by virtue of which he ought not to be allowed to participate in the primary.
However in a judgment on July 7, 2022, by Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja upheld Edevbie’s claims and voided Oborevwori’s nomination, a decision that was reversed on August 29, 2022, by the Court of Appeal in Abuja.
The Nigerian Labour Party on Wednesday unveiled its Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council ahead of the 2023 Presidential Election.
Naija News reports that 1,234 members were named for Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Organisation.
Mohammed Zarewa was named as the Chairman, while the Director General of the Peter Obi Campaign Organisation, Dr. Doyin Okupe, retained his position as DG of the PCC.
This was made public by the National Organising Secretary, Clement Ojukwu, at a Pre-Campaign Press Conference, in Abuja, on Wednesday.
He also named the National Chairman of the Labour Party, Julious Abure as Chairman of the Advisory Council of the PCC while Osaleka Obaze was named General Manager of the Campaign.
Reports have emerged over an alleged fresh plot to remove the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu before the 2023 elections.
The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has raised an alarm over the allegation of Yakubu’s removal, saying the move is to undermine the 2023 general election.
Naija News gathered that the coalition, which made the allegation during a press conference on Wednesday in Abuja, comprises the majority of the opposition political parties in the country.
According to the CUPP Chairman, Ikenga Ugochinyere, who spoke on behalf of the opposition parties, the coalition had also discovered fresh plots to deactivate the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) from being used in the election and ultimately stop the electronic transmission of results at the polls.
He alleged that the plot was being planned by a top member of the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) in the South-East region of the party.
5. APC: Abuja Closed Door Meeting To Decide Fate Of Presidential Campaign List
A meeting between the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, Governors of the party, members of the National Working Committee (NWC) and Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) aimed at putting all the controversy surrounding the campaign list of the party held in Abuja on Wednesday.
The meeting took place behind closed doors.
Naija News reports that the 422-member campaign list initially released created bad blood within the party.
In attendance are the presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; vice presidential candidate, Senator Kassim Shetimma; members of the NWC led by Deputy National Chairman (North), Sen. Abubakar Kyari; governors of Ondo, Ogun, Lagos, Kebbi, Kano, Jigawa, Kogi, Niger, Kwara, Nasarawa, Plateau, Borno, Ebonyi; Comrade Adams Oshiomole; Deputy Director General (Operations) Hajiya Usman; Deputy Director Geberal (Admin) and Secretary, Hon. James Faleke.
The meeting was a follow-up to last week’s tripartite committee meeting aimed at harmonising the party’s campaign council list.
In a Punch Newspaper report, a source who pleaded anonymity said the meeting was expected to hold for two hours but added that it was likely to extend to four hours, adding that the final council list would be concluded.
Although the agenda of the meeting was not disclosed, the sources said the candidate has decided to take the bull by the horn by inviting all stakeholders of his campaign including those who were aggrieved over the exclusion of their nominees from the initial 422-man list of the council to a political roundtable.
The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed, were absent at the unveiling of the party’s Presidential Campaign Council.
Naija News reports that the party unveiled members of the campaign council at an event held in Abuja on Wednesday.
Also, the chairman of the party, Julius Abure, and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) failed to show up at the event.
While the event was ongoing, Obi, in a tweet via his verified Twitter handle, said he was attending the 52nd Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) conference in Abuja.
“I just arrived at the 52nd ICAN Annual Accountants Conference. -PO,” he wrote.
The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike on Wednesday announced the appointment of 28,000 persons into various political offices.
The appointment was contained in a statement by his spokesperson, Kelvin Ebiri. The statement noted that all the appointments are with immediate effect.
The 28,000 persons are to serve as special assistants for polling units in the state.
Naija News reports the fresh appointment comes barely twenty-four hours after the Rivers State Governor appointed 14,000 Special Advisers, as well as 319 Ward Liaison Officers and 40 Local Government Area Liaison Officers.
The statement by Ebiri added that Governor Wike also set aside N1 billion to support victims of flooding in the state including those affected in Ahoada West and Ogba/Egbema/ Ndoni local government areas (LGAs) of the state.
Zamfara State government led by Governor Bello Matawalle has announced the reopening of forty-five schools in the state.
Naija News understands that no fewer than seventy-five schools were shut down in Zamfara following incessant attacks by bandit terrorists and kidnappers in the state months ago.
However, the State Ministry of Education announced on Wednesday in Gusau, the state capital that some schools are now safe to resume classes following the reduction in the frequency of disturbing attacks.
Making the announcement, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Alhaji Kabiru Attahiru, who received members of the state’s Technical Team on Education in Emergencies today during their advocacy visit to the ministry, said the school reopening is classed into three categories.
Attahiru explained that all 75 schools fell into the Red group at the time of their closure as it was dangerous to allow them to remain open. Today, however, he said: “I am happy to inform you that as a result of improvement of security in the state, we reopened 45 out of the 75 schools, while only 30 of the schools remained shut.
The spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Council, Kola Ologbondiyan, has said the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, belongs to the ruling class.
Recall that Ologbondiyan was recently appointed as one of the spokesmen of the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, for the 2023 elections.
During an appearance on a Channels Television programme, Sunrise Daily, on Wednesday, Ologbondiyan said the former Governor of Anambra State is not a new face in the political scene.
The former PDP National Spokesman stated that Obi has been a governor for eight years and has been part of the process of the administration of the country.
Ologbondiyan said Obi cannot be described as a third force because he is part and parcel of the main opposition party, stressing that he only walked away from the party over a disagreement.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the removal of 2.7 million voters from its database over double and invalid voter registrations.
Naija News reports that the INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, stated this on Tuesday at the National Endowment for Democracy event in the United States.
Yakubu disclosed that the electoral agency has conducted a comprehensive clean-up of the registration data using the automated biometric identification system (ABIS).
He said following the suspension of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise, INEC removed those who registered twice, those who are underage, and those who had no reason to register as provided by law.