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Election Petitions Should Be Handled By Retired Judges – Falana

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Human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana, has called for an amendment of the Constitution in order to allow retired judges to handle election petitions as well as appeals arising from them.

He made the appeal in a statement issued on Thursday, saying that the injustice meted out to litigants whose cases are not political, should stop forthwith in the interest of justice.

According to him, over 350 judges drawn from State High Courts, Federal High Court and National Industrial Court who are handling election petitions have adjourned all matters pending in their courts “sine die”.

“Their Lordships and Ladyships are said to have left their jurisdictions for “national assignment” in other parts of the country.

“Apart from appeals arising from pre-election cases and election petitions, both the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court are adjourning all pending appeals till 2020 and 2021.

“The vacation of the Justices of the Court of Appeal has been cancelled to enable them to handle election-related appeals,” he said.

The SAN further stated that since all litigants are equal before the law, it is high time the preference given to election petitions and appeals by Nigerian courts was reviewed.

According to him, in some neighbouring African countries election petitions are not handled by regular courts but by constitutional courts.

Therefore, “if our retired judges can handle arbitral matters and participate in judicial commissions of enquiry they should be saddled with the responsibility to handle election petitions and appeals arising from them”.

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Buhari Trusts Women More Than Men — Garba Shehu

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Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, has disclosed that his principal trusts women more than men.

The Presidential Spokesperson disclosed this while making an appearance in an NTA programme on Friday May 29. When asked if President Buhari would appoint more women in his government, Shehu said;

“This is a prayer you are making and I join you in prayer, I support you. I think he should get more women.”

“In any case, do you know that all his ministers of finance have been women.

“Let me say this, I hope I don’t get myself into trouble. He is more trusted of women than men, because he has given this country… all these years, all the country’s money is in the hands of women and they kept it safely. And they are doing well.”

Garba Shehu also revealed that the President spends time with his grandchildren during his leisure, and usually takes a walk as a form of exercise.

He added: “The president watches television, he watches wild life, he does watch NTA promptly as much as he can.

“And the president enjoys being with little ones, he has a number of grand children and he is entertained by them all the time.

“He takes a walk around the house and in a way, exercises himself.”

There are only seven women among President Buhari’s 43 ministers.

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Buhari Has Done Well In Power Supply, Food Sufficiency, Security — FG

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The Federal Government on Friday said President Muhammadu Buhari, has put the country on an irreversible road to development in the last one year.

It said the country had never witnessed such positive steps in a short time.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated these in Abuja at a press conference to mark the first year of Buhari’s second term in office.

He said, “The past one year has been momentous for Nigeria, as the President has taken some actions, mostly bold and highly visionary, that have now put Nigeria on an irreversible road to sustainable development.

“Never in the history of Nigeria have so many positive steps been taken in so short a time as Mr. President has done in the past one year.”

The minister listed some of the gains of the administration as power supply, food sufficiency, enhanced security, increased revenue, infrastructural development among others.

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Buhari Came To ‘Steal, Kill, Destroy’ — Fani-Kayode

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A former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has described the five years of President Muhammadu Buhari as “disastrous.”

He disagreed with Special Adviser to Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, whose weekly column argued the President’s emergence, saved the nation from collapse in 2015.

Fani-Kayode, on his verified twitter handle, said Buhari’s emergence has plunged the nation into deeper abyss.

Responding directly to Adesina’s tweet, the former Minister said: “Not so my friend. The emergence of Buhari in 2015 annihilated Nigeria and plunged her into darkness, death and destruction.

“He came to steal, kill and destroy and for the last disastrous 5 years that is all he has done.”

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