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Jere Fed. Constituency : Tribunal to hear APC, INEC motion to dismiss PDP’s suit

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(NAN ) The Borno National and State Houses of Assembly tribunal adjourned until Thursday, hearing in the motions filed by the APC and INEC, praying the panel to dismiss a suit filed by the PDP challenging the election of Alhaji Ahmed Satomi.

The PDP candidate Malam Bukar Shuwa, is challenging the declaration Satomi of All Progressive Congress (APC) as winner of the election into the Jere Federal Constituency of Borno seat held on Feb. 23,

The tribunal headed by Justice Peter Kekemeke on Wednesday adjourned after the APC and INEC notified the panel of their pending applications for dismissal of the petition.

He therefore sought the declaration of the tribunal for INEC to withdraw Satomi’s Certificate of Return and to conduct fresh election for the seat of Jere Federal Constituency.

Satomi averred in his reply dated April, 29 made available to NAN, that the petitioners call for cancellation of the election is unconscionable and borne out of desire to truncate the franchise freely exercised by the electorate.

He denied the petitioners’ allegations of connivance with INEC (3rd respondent) and put the petitioners to a strict proof of the allegations.

Satomi further averred that he would rely on relevant documents to prove his points.

He therefore urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition in its entirety for being frivolous, vexatious, unconscionable, gold digging and lacking on merit.

Also adjourned until Thursday, is the petition by the PDP and its candidate, Emmanuel Bassi, challenging the victory of Dr Haruna Mshelia.

Bassi in his petition said that the declaration of Mshelia was unlawful. (NAN )

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Kaduna govt. mourns Usman, Emir of Jere

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The Kaduna State government has described the late Dr Sa’ad Usman, the Emir Jere as an accomplished gentleman who contributed enormously to the development of the state.

A statement signed by Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, the Special Adviser on Media and Communication to the Governor on Friday said that the state government received the news of the late traditional ruler with sadness.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Usman died on April 1 after battling with ill health. He has since been buried according to Islamic rites.

“As an elder statesman, Dr Sa’ad Usman lived a long and fulfilled life of public service, spanning the banking sector, the academia and civil service, culminating into becoming the Secretary to the Kaduna State Government in 1991.

“Afterwards, he retired from public service to inherit the throne of his forefathers as Sarkin Jere, a position he held until his death on April 1.

‘’As a director in the civil service, Usman was the engine room of the industrialisation drive of the old Kaduna State, when a cottage industry was located in each of the 14 local government areas in the state in the Second Republic, leveraging on their individual comparative advantages,” the statement said.

It listed few of the industries to include the Ikara Tomato Processing Company, Kachia Ginger Company and Zaria Pharmaceutical Company.

According to the statement, though most of the companies are now moribund, the industrialisation of the state during that era was foresighted and Usman was central to it.

It said that Usman taught Macro-Economics at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, combining it with his practical experience to enrich his students in the alternatives science.

“As secretary to the Kaduna State Government, Usman was pivotal to the stabilisation of the civil service, which transited from a military regime.

‘’He attained the proverbial three scores and 10 years, when he died at 70, a ripe age when his counsel would have been greatly needed, especially in inter-communal harmony.

“Kaduna State wishes to convey its deep sense of loss and to commiserate with the deceased’s family and the people of Jere chiefdom at large over the passage of the late accomplished gentleman.

“We pray Allah to grant him eternal rest,’’ the statement said.

Edited By: Chidi Opara and
(NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Buhari mourns Emir of Jere, Sa’ad Usman

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President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with government and people of Kaduna State over the death of Emir of Jere, Dr Sa’ad Usman, at the age of 70.

President Buhari, in a condolence message issued by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Thursday, urged the people to find solace in the good works of the deceased.

The President commiserated with family members, friends and associates of the traditional ruler, who served the country extensively as a public servant, including working as Secretary to the Government of Kaduna State.

He prayed that the almighty God would receive the soul of the departed, and comfort the family he left behind.

Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
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Emir of Jere dies at 70

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Dr Sa’ad Usman, The Emir of Jere in Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State, has died at the age of 70.

NAN reports that the late Emir was the husband of Nenadi Usman, a former Minister of Finance and one time Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The Salanke Jere and Spokesperson of the Jere Chiefdom, Alhaji Hamza Yakubu, confirmed his death to the Nigeria News Agency.

Yakubu said the traditional ruler died in the early hours of Wednesday at his Kaduna residence following a protracted illness.

“Our Emir passed on at about 2:40 a.m today after a protracted illness. You know he had been having a long standing spinal cord problem.

“He had received treatment at different hospitals, including National Hospital, Abuja and one in London.

“We pray to God to bless his soul and grant him paradise,” he added

He said the late Emir will be buried by 2p.m in Jere according to Islamic rites.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Maharazu Ahmed
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Presenter Jeremy Kyle asked to give evidence to UK reality TV inquiry

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A mainstay of ITV’s daytime schedule since 2005, the programme had similarities with America’s “The Jerry Springer Show”, including using security guards to break up brawls between guests.

But the death of Steven Dymond, a 63-year-old who had taken a lie-detector test a week before his death in an episode that was never broadcast, has raised questions about broadcasters’ responsibility towards people who appear on reality TV.

Lawmakers launched an inquiry into reality television in May.

“We’ll be questioning @ITV on Tuesday 25th June,” parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee said on Twitter.

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Jere Fed. Constituency : Tribunal dismisses PDP petition against APC in Borno

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(NAN ) The Borno National and State Houses of Assembly sitting in Nyanya on Thursday dismissed the petition filed by the PDP challenging the victory of  Alhaji Ahmed Satomi, of the APC as winner of the Feb. 23 Jere Federal Constituency election in Borno.

The PDP and its candidate, Malam Bukar Shuwa in the petition also joined the APC and INEC in the petition.

Delivering his ruling, Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Peter Kekemeke, held that the PDP and Shuwa, filed their petitions out of time which was against the provisions of the Electoral Act (2010 as Amended).

Kekemeke held that according to the provisions of Paragraph 16 (1) of the First Schedule of the Electoral Act, 2010 as amended, the petitioners had only five days from date of service to file a reply.

He noted that the petitioners filed out of time by a day as against the provision in Paragraph 18 of the Act which required seven days to file pre-hearing notice.

” We have given two provisions on these applications, the petitioners replied out of time allowed for pre- hearing notice by a day.

” The applications by the Respondents succeed, the petition is seen as abandoned and accordingly dismissed.

He therefore sought the declaration of the tribunal for INEC to withdraw Satomi’s Certificate of Return and to conduct fresh election for the seat of Jere Federal Constituency.

Satomi averred in his reply dated April, 29 made available to NAN, that the petitioners call for cancellation of the election is unconscionable and borne out of desire to truncate the franchise freely exercised by the electorate.

He denied the petitioners’ allegations of connivance with INEC (3rd respondent) and put the petitioners to a strict proof of the allegations.

Satomi further averred that he would rely on relevant documents to prove his points.

He therefore urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition in its entirety for being frivolous, vexatious, unconscionable, gold digging and lacking on merit. (NAN )

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Jere Fed. Constituency : Absence of petitioners stall pre-hearing commencement

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(NAN ) The absence of the petitioners, on Thursday in the Borno National and State Houses of Assembly sitting in Nyanya, stalled the commencement of pre-hearing in a petition filed by Malam Bukar Shuwa of the PDP.

Shuwa, is challenging the declaration of Malam Ahmed Satomi of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as winner of the election into the Jere Federal Constituency of Borno seat held on Feb. 23,

Joined as respondents in the petition are the APC and INEC.

Mr Ayo Olarenwaju, counsel for Satomi and the APC, told the court that the petitioners were not represented and as such the tribunal should dismiss their prayer for want of diligent prosecution.

Also, Mr Oluwole Olatunde counsel for the INEC, informed the tribunal that he filed a similar motion praying the court to dismiss the suit.

The tribunal headed by Justice Peter Kekemeke after listening to the submissions of the counsel noted that the notice of the pre-hearing was only served on the petitioners on Wednesday.

He said in view of this another day should be given to the petitioners.

Kekemeke adjourned until May 15 for hearing of the respondents motions.

He therefore sought the declaration of the tribunal for INEC to withdraw Satomi’s Certificate of Return and to conduct fresh election for the seat of Jere Federal Constituency.

Satomi averred in his reply dated April, 29 made available to NAN, that the petitioners call for cancellation of the election is unconscionable and borne out of desire to truncate the franchise freely exercised by the electorate.

He denied the petitioners’ allegations of connivance with INEC and put the petitioners to a strict proof of the allegations.

Satomi further averred that he would rely on relevant documents to prove his points.

He therefore urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition in its entirety for being frivolous, vexatious, unconscionable, gold digging and lacking on merit.

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Jere Fed. Constituency: Tribunal to begin pre- hearing in PDP petition on Thursday

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The Borno National and State Houses of Assembly elections petition tribunal sitting in Nyanya, fixed May 9 for pre- hearing in a petition filed by Bukar Shuwa, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Shuwa is challenging the declaration of Alhaji Ahmed Satomi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the election into the Jere Federal Constituency of Borno held on Feb. 23,

The APC and INEC are also joined in the suit.

Mr Mike David, Secretary of the tribunal, told News Agency of Nigeria that the tribunal, presided over by Justice Peter Kekemeke, fixed the date, for the pre-hearing after the respondents replied to the petition and filed relevant processes.

He therefore sought the declaration of the tribunal for INEC to withdraw Satomi’s Certificate of Return and to conduct fresh election for the seat of Jere Federal Constituency.

Satomi averred in his reply dated April, 29 made available to NNN, that the petitioners call for cancellation of the election is unconscionable and borne out of desire to truncate the franchise freely exercised by the electorate.

He denied the petitioners’ allegations of connivance with INEC (3rd respondent) and put the petitioners to a strict proof of the allegations.

Satomi further averred that he would rely on relevant documents to prove his points.

He therefore urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition in its entirety for being frivolous, vexatious, unconscionable, gold digging and lacking on merit.

NNN reports that this is the second petition for pre- hearing out of seven received by the tribunal. (NNN )

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Guber Polls: Jeremiah Useni wins LGA in Plateau

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Jos, March 10, 2019 Retired Lt.-Gen. Jeremiah Useni, the Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau, has won his local government area, Langtang North, in the March 9 governorship polls.

Dr Luka Usman, the Local Government Collation Officer for the elections, made the announcement on Sunday in Jos.

Usman said that Useni scored 40, 519 votes to beat his closest opponent, Mr Simon Lalong of the All Progressive Congress (APC), who secured 18, 979 votes.

The collation officer made announcement in the presence of Prof. Richard Kimbir, the State Returning Officer for the polls.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that so far, results of five out of the 17 local government had been collated.

 

 

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Yao Ming on CBA restart: “Everything is just beginning”

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The 2019-2020 season of the CBA league is set to resume on June 20 after a nearly five-month break, but Chinese Basketball Association president Yao Ming told Xinhua on Thursday that he didn’t feel relieved at all, because everything was just beginning.

“Many people have done lots of work to make this happen,” Yao said about the restart.

“Our job at the moment is to carry out our plan, which will require everyone’s effort.”

The CBA league suspended its season on February 1, with most teams having played 30 of their 46 scheduled games.

Qingdao, in east China’s Shandong province, and Dongguan, in the southern Guangdong province, have been selected as the hosts for the remainder of the league, which will be contested behind closed doors and in a championship format, due to the need for prevention of the spread of coronavirus, the CBA announced on Thursday.

Jeremy Lin of Beijing Ducks Basketball Club competes during the eighth round match against Liaoning Flying Leopards at the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) League on Nov. 23, 2019. (Xinhua/Pan Yulong)

Jeremy Lin of Beijing Ducks Basketball Club competes during the eighth round match against Liaoning Flying Leopards at the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) League on Nov. 23, 2019. (Xinhua/Pan Yulong)

Teams must strictly follow hygeian protocols in order to keep everyone safe and healthy, Yao stressed.

“We are aware of the anti-virus measures, and again, we have to be down to earth,” said the Chinese basketball icon.

Rules have also been modified due to the absence of many foreign players. “There are special rules in place for this special situation. We are trying our best to balance all the aspects,” said Yao.

Yao said he hopes that the next season can go back to normal, adding that the tight schedule and closed-door environment are going to be a challenge for the teams.

(XINHUA)

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