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We can’t stop Obi-dient citizens from using other venues if…. –  Third Force Movt

 
The Third Force Movement has appealed to the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to approve the car park of the National Stadium Lagos, for the October 1 rally of supporters of Labour Party, LP, Presidential Candidate, Mr. Peter Obi.

Noting that the use of the stadium would avert unintended lockdown, The Third Force Movement, in a statement by Mr. Olawale Okunniyi, said without the approval the Organisers cannot stop Nigerians from using other venues like Gani Fawehinmi Park or Lekki Toll Gate.

On September 13, Lagos State Chairman of the LP, Mr Kayoed Salako; and Secretary, Mr. Sam Okpala, wrote the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Abuja, seeking approval of the National Stadium, Lagos for the rally.

“The proposed date of the rally is 1st October, 2022 from the hours of 6am and 7pm. We promise that the rally will be civil and peaceful and to achieve this we have made adequate security arrangements to safeguard the facility and the participants,” they assured.

The letter was received and stamped by the ministry on September 13.
However, 17 days after and few hours to the rally, The Third Force Movement said approval has not been granted.

Said Okunniyi: “Please be notified that the Central Planning Committee of the Lagos 5 Million Man March/Mega Rally has just alerted the leadership of the 3rd Force Movement that in the event that the APC Government refuses to approve the use of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos for the peaceful Obi-dient Independence March/Rally holding tomorrow, Saturday, 1st October, 2022, the Organisers would not be able to stop Nigerians from making use of strategic venue like Lekki Toll Gate, and Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park against all odds.


“Consequently, Leaders of the 3rd Force Movement have tried to intervene in this matter but the Federal Ministry of Sports under Mr Sunday Dare is yet to act positively.
“So, all well meaning Nigerians are implored to appeal to the Sport Minister to immediately bow to wisdom and allow the peaceful independence rally of Obi-dient Nigerians hold at the car park of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos as requested by the Organisers to avoid unintended jam in Lagos tomorrow.

“Finally, we as leaders of conscience in the Nigerian Civil Society and as Veterans of the assembly of the Nigerian peoples aned masses, hereby wish to assure that the Lagos independence march and the mega rally is planned to be very peaceful and orderly all things being equal, so government should avoid tacit instigation of confusion.”

According to a report by SaharaReporters, some armed security operatives have taken over the Lekki toll gate.

The operatives arrived at the Lekki Tollgate in Lagos State ahead of the rally planned by supporters of the Labour Party’s Presidential Candidate, Peter Obi, which was fixed for Saturday.

SaharaReporters had reported on Wednesday that a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos State issued an order restricting the Labour Party and supporters of Obi, from converging at the Lekki Tollgate for the #Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally.

"Security Officials Deployed To Lekki Toll Gate And Strategic Areas In Lagos State To Maintain And Enforce The Law Ahead Of Peter Obituary Tomorrow's Rally. To beat the hell out of them tomorrow," a witness said on Friday.

Recall that the party and its supporters scheduled 1st of October, Nigeria's Independence Day celebration for its mega rally ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The High court order is sequel to a motion for injunction brought before Justice Daniel Osiagor, by 10 plaintiffs, asking the court to, among others, restrain the LP, its presidential candidate Peter Obi, his vice, Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, one Julius Abure and their loyalists from holding the rally.

In the suit, 10 plaintiffs through their Romeo Ese Michael, Esq. are asking the court to, among others, restrain the LP, its presidential candidate Peter Obi, his vice Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, one Julius Abure and their loyalists from holding the rally, until the hearing and determination of their Motion-On-Notice of September 12, 2022.

The plaintiffs include Adedotun Ajulo Esq., Salamatu Suleiman Lewi Esq., Hakeem Ijaduola, Esq., Ogunbona Akinpelu Esq., Owolabi K. Oluwasegun, Esq., Mogbojuri Kayode Esq., Wuyep Mantim Nadom Esq., Dimimu Mabel, Esq., Kolawole Salami, Esq. and Mr. Wale Abe Lawrence.

The 1st to 10th defendants are Obi, LP, Baba-Ahmed, Abure, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Commissioner of Police (Lagos State Command), Director-General (Department of State Services), Lekki Concession Company (LCC) Limited, Attorney-General of Lagos State and The Governor of Lagos State.

In the substantive suit, the plaintiffs are arguing among other things that a repeat or celebration of the “infamous” EndSARS protest of 2020 under the political guise of “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally,” will cause a breakdown of peace and will result in post-traumatic stress disorder for them and the public.

In his ruling, Justice Osiagor held that while the rally could not stop at the Lekki toll gate, it could pass through the venue to access the Falomo Bridge and other venues at which the rally planned to meet.

It was gathered that a preliminary objection filed by the defendants seeking to stop the court from hearing the motion on the grounds that it lacked jurisdiction was not entertained as all parties to the suit had not been served.

Meanwhile, the court adjourned the hearing of the substantive suit to November 4.

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Friday, slated October 6 to hear a suit seeking to disqualify the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, for allegedly acting in breach of the Electoral Act.

The suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/942/2022, which the immediate past Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba filed alongside a non-governmental organization under the aegis of the Incorporated Trustees of Rights for All International, is equally praying the court to disqualify the candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, over the same allegation.


Justice Inyang Ekwo ordered service of all the relevant court processes as well as hearing notices on all the Defendants in the matter.

Other Defendants in the matter are; the APC, PDP, the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

It will be recalled that Nwajiuba, who is a chieftain of the APC and one of its presidential aspirants, had secured leave of the court to sue both his party’s presidential flag-bearer, Tinubu, and that of the PDP, Atiku.

Specifically, the Plaintiffs, in the suit they filed through their lawyer, Mr. Okere Nnamdi, alleged that the primary election that produced Tinubu as the 2023 presidential candidate of the APC, was marred by corruption and massive vote buying, insisting that majority of the delegates were bought over with dollars.


To strengthen his allegation, the ex-Minister who polled only one vote at the primary election that was held on June 8, included in his proof of evidence, a video recording showing the immediate past Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, decrying that delegates at the APC primary sold their votes.

Besides, the Plaintiffs queried Tinubu’s source of income and his educational qualifications.


They urged the court to declare that the 3rd defendant (Tinubu), “who had previously sworn an affidavit in the INEC nomination form declaring that he lost his primary and secondary school documents and benefitted therefrom, cannot in a later affidavit deny and abandon same facts deposed in the previous affidavit and thus falsely contradicting his academic qualifications”.

The Plaintiffs attached to the suit, copies of affidavits Tinubu deposed to while he was the governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy, AD, in Lagos state.

“That the entire circumstances surrounding the two depositions of the 3rd defendant points to the fact that they are false and misleading and cannot be relied upon.

“That the possession of a higher degree does not substitute the minimum requirement of law, where the minimum academic requirement is manifestly absent by an avowed fact.

“That the possession of a higher education qualification such as a first degree or master’s degree is predicated on the minimum educational qualification as provided in the Constitution”, plaintiffs averred.

Among other things, the plaintiffs prayed the court to determine; “Whether the All Progressives Congress is exempted from compliance with section 90(3) of the Electoral Act 2022, having presented the 3rd defendant (Tinubu) as its presidential candidate to the 6th defendant (INEC) and the 6th defendant accepted and published same, being the name of a person whose source of N100m contribution fee for the nomination form and expression of interest form was not verified.

“Whether the constitutional provision prescribing the academic qualification of candidates and prescribing minimum qualification of school certificate or its equivalent has been complied with by the 3rd defendant who on oath, has admitted that he does not possess such minimum qualification prescribed in the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria”.

The plaintiffs equally urged the court to also disqualify Atiku who was cited as the 4th Defendant in the suit, for also engaging in vote buying.

They want the court to determine; “Whether the conduct of the 3rd and 4th defendants (Tinubu and Atiku) and their agents who by way of corrupt inducement of delegates with US Dollars, which being a foreign currency and non-legal tender in Nigeria under the CBN Act, and the possession which requires declaration under the EFCC Act, used the Dollars for inducement of votes in favour of the 3rd and 4th defendants have rendered the votes of such delegates cast in favour of the 3rd and 4th defendants at the 1st and 2nd defendant’s special conventions illegal, void and invalid and of no effect whatsoever; and thus inhibiting the 3rd and 4th defendants from benefiting from the proceeds of their own gross illegalities”.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has revealed that the federal government pays the salaries of its members through the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation.

ASUU President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke said this in a truce meeting with the FG brokered on Wednesday by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.


At the meeting, Osodeke criticised the action of the government that it is only in Nigeria that the public varsity teachers are paid by the AGF’s office adding that their data are collected by foreign companies.


Osodeke said: “We were told exactly this same thing in 2017. They all came and told us at the same time. Are we really patriotic? They are paying money to foreign companies per person.

“We have two options. Use the one we have developed. Is there any other country in the world where the salaries of universities are paid by the office of the accountant general? No country in the world will harvest the data of their university lecturers and give (it) to a foreign company.”

 

Fast-rising singer and YBNL signee, Asake has sold out tickets for his forthcoming concert at the O2 Academy Brixton, London.

It was reported that the “Organize” crooner sold out the tickets to his concert in 5 minutes after sales commenced.

The singer is having his “Mr. Money with The Vibe USA Tour,” which involves him performing in different cities in the United States.

Asake is expected to serenade fans in Birmingham and Manchester on December 3 and 10, respectively, during a visit in the UK.

The singer is also expected to be at London’s 02 Academy Brixton Arena, which holds a seating capacity of over 4,000.

Upon commencement of sales of the ticket for the concert, fans had trooped to buy, with all the priority tickets being sold out in five minutes.

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Billionaire Jeff Bezos’ ex-wife, MacKenzie Scott has filed a divorce from her new teacher husband after less than two years of marriage.

It would be recalled Scott married Seattle-based science teacher Dan Jewett last year after divorcing Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in 2019.


According to a copy of the filing, Ms. Scott filed a petition for divorce in the King County Superior Court in Washington State on Monday, September 26, 2022.

The couple’s marriage was made public in March 2021 when Jewett, then a science teacher at Seattle’s Lakeside School, where Scott’s children have attended classes, posted a letter to Scott’s profile on the ‘Giving Pledge.

The couple’s marriage was announced through a message on their webpage for the Giving Pledge, a philanthropic organization that encourages the world’s richest people to give away a majority of their wealth to charitable causes.

Scott has given away billions of dollars as part of a plan to donate a majority of her fortune.


“I am married to one of the most generous and kind people I know, and joining her in a commitment to pass on an enormous financial wealth to serve others” she said.

In 2019, Scott and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos ended their 25-year marriage, with Scott being awarded about 4 percent of Amazon, a cut worth roughly $36 billion at the time.


She is also one of the wealthiest women in the world and is ranked No. 39 on the Bloomberg Billionaire’s Index, with a net worth of $28.9 billion as of Wednesday afternoon.

Nollywood actress, Halima Abubakar has replied famous clergyman, Apostle Suleman after he threatened to sue her for alleged defamation.
 
Suleman had yesterday warned the actress that if she doesn't apologize, he will take her to court for all the accusations she leveled against him.
 
 
Recall that the actress had called out the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International multiple times over a s3x scandal and their affair.
  
The document of the legal action reads:
 
“DEFAMATORY STATEMENTS CONCERNING APOSTLE JOHNSON SULEMAN: NOTICE TO CEASE AND DESIST
 
“Dear Ms Halima Abubakar, Our client is an Apostle and Senior Pastor of the Omega Fire and Miracle Ministry International, with branches in all states of Nigeria and several countries of the world.
 
 
By virtue of his Apostolic calling and reach he has several millions of followers who look up to him and his ministry for spiritual guidance and direction,” it reads.
 
“It is our brief that you caused to be published malicious, defamatory and demeaning statements about our client in several micro-blog sites, chiefly Gistlover, and your Instagram handle Halima Abubakar, which have wider reach within Nigeria and the world.
 
 
“These statements, made by you, knowing fully well that they are false, untrue, malicious, defamatory, baseless, and a tool of blackmail of our client, impugn the reputation of our client and reduce him in the eyes of responsible and right thinking members of the society.”
 
Responding to the threat of letter by Suleman, Halima Abubakar said she's ready to go to court.
 
In an Instagram story, she wrote, “JS Suree, see you at the court.”
 

Ahmed Musa Ahmed, the Controller of Corrections Kuje Custodial Centre, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command has announced that fifty-three inmates from Suleja and Kuje prisons will sit for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE)

In a statement on Friday, September 30, Ahmed advised the inmates to make themselves available for the ongoing preparation classes in order to make good grades as that is imperative to their smooth reintegration into the society after serving their terms of imprisonment.

Ahmed added that the centre is known for producing candidates with excellent results while urging the candidates to look beyond prison time and see the hope that education brings.

The leader of the prison inmates who were registered for the examination, promised on behalf of others to do their best so they can gain admission to study various courses in the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

The officer-in-charge of Kuje Custodial Centre, Deputy Controller of Corrections, Shehu Ibrahim, appreciated the non-governmental organisations that volunteered their resources and time towards making the registration a success.

He also called on the Federal Government to assist in making both West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and National Examination Council (NECO) examinations free for inmates just like the National Open University of Nigeria has done.

 

The Coalition of Northern Groups has said it regrets voting for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.

The group lamented through its spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Sulieman.


He said this at the sensitisation and awareness conference organised by CNG on Wednesday in Kaduna.

Sulieman said, “The North has been abandoned to a critical security situation with its widowed women, children orphaned, youths maimed and killed and people displaced in thousands. Politicians and leaders we have elected have prospered, but the bulk of us are left jobless, homeless, helpless and hopeless.

“The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. And while these elites celebrate with their families in world capitals, there has been nothing to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

“Indeed, the north made a mistake in 2015 so that the deliberate commission or omission of the people we trusted with power has inadvertently isolated the region politically, economically and socially as a result of which, the once portent and progressive region is today begging not only for food but for a place in the nation’s future political arrangement.”

Speaking further, he gave the assurance that 2023 election will be special because what now matters to people is not the person or party in power but whether the government is controlled by the people.

He stated that since voting with religious, ethnic and sectional sentiments had not favored them it was time to take a detour and question the status quo.

The National Coordinator of the group, Comrade Jamilu Aliyu Charanchi, lamented that instead of addressing the challenges as they emerge, successive leaderships found it expedient to use them for either political gains, or to serve their selfish interest of polarizing the region along ethnoreligious, and socio-cultural divides.

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Governors warn FG against sanctioning ASUU

The Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) has warned the Federal Government against sanctioning the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.

According to the NGF, the Federal Government should rather resolve the contentious issues in the interest of the students and Nigeria.


The NGF Chairman and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, made this appeal while speaking in Abuja on Thursday after the forum’s meeting.

Meanwhile, the NGF has rejected the plan of the Federal Government to privatise National Integrated Power Plants (NIPPs).


The National Integrated Power Projects (NIPPS) means that you must have all the ingredients that make up power into one single entity (Value chain).

The plants are: Benin Generation Company Ltd, Calabar Generation Company Ltd, Geregu Generation Company Ltd, Olorunsogo Generation Company Ltd and Omotosho Generation Company Ltd.

NGF Chairman and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, while speaking in Abuja on Thursday after the forum’s meeting, noted that the NGF rejected the privitisation plan of the government because all stakeholders were not carried along in the matter.

He said: “We examined the issues relating to the proposed privatisation of the power project and we took a decision that at this point in time, the NGF is opposed to the sale of any of the plants until appropriate steps have been taken that would take into consideration the interest of states that are also equity holders in those plants.


“We’ll continue to do whatever we can to ensure the resources of Nigeria stay with the Nigerian people and are not filtered away in a manner we can’t explain,” he added.

Fayemi noted that the NGF rejected the privitisation plan of the government because all stakeholders were not carried along in the matter.


During the NGF meeting, President Muhammadu Buhari, represented by his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, commissioned a multi-billion naira NGF complex at Maitama, Abuja.

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