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PDP Bent on Deceiving Public, Intimidating Supreme Court, Says APC

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is bent on deceiving the public and intimidating the Supreme Court.

The APC in a statement by Lanre Issa-onilu, its national publicity secretary, said this while reacting to a statement by the opposition on a Supreme Court ruling on Rivers State.

Prior to the 2019 election, the primaries of the APC was cancelled leaving them with no candidate to present.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), therefore excluded the APC from participating in the governorship election.

The Supreme Court on Thursday adjourned the hearing in the four appeals on Rivers State APC primary election, for a nomination of candidates for 2019 general election, until April 8 and 11.

The PDP reacting to this accused the minister of transportation, and leader of the party in Rivers, Rotimi Amaechi, of plotting to cause “constitutional crisis” in the just concluded governorship election.

The party also said the APC leaders are mounting pressure on the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Mohammed, to reverse the February 12, 2019 judgment of the Supreme Court.

The PDP in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, made these allegations.

“The PDP has information of how Rotimi Amaechi has been going around in Rivers State, giving assurances that he has the ears of the Supreme Court under the leadership of Acting CJN, Justice Tanko Mohammed, and that the Supreme Court will reverse its final judgment on APC Primaries and create the way for fresh elections in Rivers State, in which the APC will be allowed to participate,” the PDP said.

Mr Ologbondiyan appealed to Mr Mohammed, not to allow himself be used by “desperate politicians” in the ruling party to cause anarchy in Rivers State.

The APC noted the Supreme Court has not made any pronouncement on the exclusion of APC candidates from the concluded governorship election.

The party described PDP’s reaction as a cheap attempt to “ambush the Supreme Court with their cock and bull conspiracies”.

“We are however well aware of the PDP’s intent to hoodwink and deceive the public; and most importantly, intimidate and blackmail our eminent Supreme Court Justices into doing their bidding in respect of the matter of the purported exclusion of Rivers State APC candidates from the last elections, before the apex court.”

The APC urged Nigerians to ignore the “evil machinations” of the PDP in its statement on the matter ”as the PDP has refused to come to terms with the fact that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration adheres to the rule of law”.

The party said it will allow the law to take its course, advising the PDP to do the same, ”rather than overheat the polity”.

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Drama as DSS Officers Engage Sowore in Scuffle in Attempt to Rearrest Him

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A mid drama ensued inside the courtroom this morning as men believed to be officers of the Department of State Service made attempt to rearrest the RevolutionNow protest convener, Omoyele Sowore.

Sowore was released around 7pm on Thursday following an ultimatum issued by the court.

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Ex-Abia State Gov, Uzor Kalu Bags 12 Years Imprisonment for Graft

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The Federal High Court in Lagos has sentenced a former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, to a maximum of 12 years imprisonment for N7.65bn fraud, among other multiple sentences ranging from 3 years to 5 years on 27 counts.

Justice Mohammad Idris also convicted and sentenced his two other accomplices who were also found guilty of N7.65bn fraud.

They got multiple sentences between 10 years and 3 years.

Kalu’s co-defendants are his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited; and Udeh Udeogu, who was Director of Finance and Accounts at the Abia State Government House during Kalu’s tenure as governor.

The judge also ordered that Slok be wound up and its assets forfeited to the Federal Government.

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Saraki’s Ordeal Continues as Court Orders Forfeiture of Houses to FG

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday secured an order of the Federal High Court in Lagos for the forfeiture of two houses in Ilorin, Kwara State, belonging to a former Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

The EFCC told the court it uncovered monumental fraud perpetrated in the treasury of the Kwara State Government between 2003 and 2011, when Saraki was the governor of the state.

Based on an ex parte application filed by the EFCC pursuant to Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act No. 14, 2006, Justice Rilwan Aikawa ordered the temporary forfeiture of Saraki’s two properties designated as Plots No. 10 and No. 11 Abdulkadir Road, GRA, Ilorin, Kwara State.

An operative of the EFCC, Olamide Sadiq, said in an affidavit filed in support of the ex parte application that the EFCC moved to have the two houses forfeited after investigating “the report of a committee set up to review sales of Kwara State Government properties during the reign of the Governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2011.”

Sadiq said the EFCC also received “a damning intelligence report, showing monumental fraud perpetrated in the treasury of the Kwara State Government between 2003 and 2011.”

He said, “Whilst the investigation was ongoing, several fraudulent transactions were discovered.

“I know for a fact and verily believe that our investigation has revealed the following mind-boggling findings, among others:

“That between 2003 and 2011, Dr Olubukola Abubakar Saraki was the Executive Governor of Kwara State.

“That whilst he held the aforementioned position, the common pattern was that after the payment of monthly allocation by the Federal Government to the Kwara State Government, a cumulative sum of not less than N100m would be deposited into the Kwara Government House account.

“That upon the payment of the said N100m, same would, in turn, be withdrawn in cash by one Mr Afeez Yusuf from the Kwara State Government House, Ilorin’s account in bits and brought to the Government House.”

The EFCC said it believed that Saraki developed the two properties with proceeds of unlawful activities.

Counsel for the commission, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, urged Justice Aikawa to order their temporary forfeiture to the Federal Government.

After granting the order as prayed, Justice Aikawa directed the EFCC to publish the temporary forfeiture order in a national newspaper and adjourned till December 17 for anyone interested in the properties to appear before him to show cause why the properties should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

Reacting to the judgment, Saraki maintained his position that the application to the Federal High Court, Lagos, for interim forfeiture order on his Ilorin home by the EFCC was an abuse of the court process and a violation of a subsisting order of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, vowed to challenge the verdict at a higher court of competent jurisdiction.

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