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NASARAWA Assembly crisis: Abuja FHC reenforces restraining order stopping embattled speaker, deputy from parading selves …Orders them to show cause or risks jail

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By David Okpashi

The Federal High Court, Abuja has ordered the embattled speaker and deputy Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi and Jacob Ajegena to obey exparte order earlier served them or face imprisonment for court contempt.

This was contained in order 9 rule 3 of the federal high Court sitting in Abuja, a notice of consequences of disobedience to order of court rightly handed down to hon. Balarabe Ibrahim Abdullahi and his deputy hon. Jacob Ajegena respectfully.

According to the order “that unless you Hon. Ibrahim Balerabe Abdullahi and Hon. Kudu Ajegena Jacob obey the direction contained In the Order of the Federal High Court of Justice delivered on the 15th of June 2023, attached to this order, you will be guilty of contempt of court, and be’ committed to Prison.

the defendant Hon Oga Daniel Ogazi and the 12 elected members prayed the court to restrain the Balarabe Abdullahi and his 10 elected members from taking any steps in furtherance of the proceedings conducted by them on 6th June, 2023 Within or outside the building/ complex / chambers of the Nasarawa state House of Assembly.

The court granted the prayer and ordered the Balarabe to stop any other such proceedings conducted
outside the building/ complex of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly Purporting to be proceedings of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly and
from holding or conducting any further Proceedings outside the building complex/ chambers of Nasarawa State House of Assembly purporting same to be
proceedings of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

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The Federal High Court is compelling the factional speaker to obey order of interim injunction restraining him and his 11 elected members loyalist from parading themselves or holding sitting in any
way acting in a manner as to be seen or recognized as Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively of the Nasarawa.

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Governor Ododo Swears in New Judges…Urges them to uphold tenets of the Judiciary

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By Iyojo Ameh

Kogi State Governor, Ahmed Usman Ododo has sworn in ten new judges recently appointed into the state judiciary.

In his address at the swearing in ceremony held at the Muhammadu Buhari Square in Lokoja, Governor Ododo charged the new judges to serve the people of Kogi State with integrity, fairness, and unwavering dedication to the tenets of the judiciary.

The Governor noted that the appointment and swearing in of the new judges is in line with the commitment of his administration to promote a just and fair society where everyone is treated equally to guarantee peace and stability.

He described the judiciary as the last hope of the common man which owes the society an obligation to be just and fair, stressing that a judiciary trusted by the people will promote peace and security.

He urged the new judges to ensure that every body is treated equally in order to guarantee a peaceful society.

“A just and fair society is where every body is treated equally regardless of class, religion and ethnicity. Therefore you must be reminded and be guided by the oaths you have just taken”, Governor Ododo said.

The Governor who stated that the new Judges are men and women of unquestionable character, assured that he would not interfere with their activities to enable the judges discharge their duties within the ambit of the law.

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The Governor who used the occasion to present vehicles to some judges in the state, noted that his administration will provide enabling environment for the judges to discharge their statutory responsibilities, assuring that more judges in the state will be provided with new vehicles in the next batches of the allocation of vehicles by the state government.

In his remarks, the Chief Judge of the State, Hon. Justice Josiah Majebi charged the new judges to respect the integrity of all litigants and to shun media trial of any body in the administration of justice.

While expressing appreciation to Governor Ododo for his support to the Judiciary, the Chief Judge urged family members of the new judges not to interfere with their job.

The state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Muiz Abdallah urged the new judges to showcase their worth to justify their selection as judges of the State.

He charged them to be up and doing and to avoid activities that will ridicule the Judiciary and bring their reputation into jeopardy.

The new judges sworn in as High Court judges include Justices Ajeshola Joseph Sunday, Badama Kadiri, Ojoma Rachel Haruna and Ezema Beatrice Ada.

The Khadis of the Shariah Court of Appeal include Muhammad Bello Muhammad,Okino Isah Saidu, Idris Alhaji Abdullahi, Shaibu Ridwan Aliyu and Yakubu Adavenege.

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Justice Maryanne Oziohu Otaru was sworn in as a judge of the Customary Court of Appeal.

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GOVERNOR ODODO WELCOMES APPEAL COURT JUDGEMENT

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By Iyojo Ameh

Kogi State Governor, Ahmed Usman Ododo has welcomed the judgment of the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja that upheld the decision of the governorship election petition tribunal affirming his return as the duly elected Governor of Kogi State.

In his reaction to the appeal court judgment, Governor Ododo thanked the people of Kogi State for their support and expressed appreciation to the judiciary for the swift and expeditious manner with which it dealt with the appeal, adding that the court has again demonstrated that the mandate freely given to him by the people of the state cannot be upturned by persons who may not agree with the will of God and the majority of the people of Kogi state.

According to Governor Ododo:

“I give thanks to God for seeing us through this phase of the court processes and I thank the people of Kogi state for uniting behind our administration and the steps we are taking to serve our people with the best of our ability.

“The judgement of the Appeal Court reaffirms the fact that the November 2023 Governorship election in Kogi State was free, fair, peaceful, and credible.

“By the grace of God, our administration has become the symbol of peace and unity in our state and we are committed to serving our people on the basis of equity and inclusion.

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“I thank the judiciary for staying true to its independence with this judgement of the Appeal Court that has reaffirmed the earlier decision of the Tribunal which is a clear testament that the mandate freely given to us by the people of Kogi State was done in the best interest of our state.”

He called on opposition politicians in the state to join him in advancing the development of the state, stressing that the judgement of the appeal court should now lay to rest the argument over the result of the 2023 governorship election and unite the people for the development of the state irrespective of political differences.

The Governor also expressed appreciation to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for ensuring that the judiciary remains truly independent and transparent as the last hope of the common man in the country.

The Appeal Court had on Thursday upheld the May 27 decision of the Kogi State governorship election petition tribunal which upheld the election of Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the duly elected Governor of Kogi State having scored 446,237 votes which represents the majority of lawful votes cast in the November 11, 2023 Governorship election in the state.

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The Appeal Court in a unanimous decision dismissed all grounds of appeals filed by candidates of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), the Action Alliance (AA) and the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) for being incompetent and for lacking in merit.

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Court of Appeal Upholds tribunal judgement of Kogi State Governor Usman Ododo

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The Court of Appeal in Abuja has affirmed the election of Kogi State Governor, Usman Ododo, dismissing the appeal filed by the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and its governorship candidate, Murtala Ajaka.

The appeal sought to quash the judgment of the Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, which had declared Ododo the duly elected governor.

The SDP and Ajaka contended that the tribunal’s decision was a miscarriage of justice and requested the Court of Appeal to nullify Ododo’s election and declare them the rightful winners. They also called for the invalidation of all votes cast for Ododo and the All Progressives Congress (APC), arguing that Ododo was not qualified to contest the election.

However, the Court of Appeal dismissed these claims, upholding the tribunal’s ruling and confirming Ododo’s election as the legitimate governor of Kogi State.

This decision represents a substantial setback for the SDP and Ajaka’s efforts to challenge the results of the November 11, 2023, governorship election in Kogi State.

The affirmation of Governor Ododo’s election by the Court of Appeal reinforces the initial ruling of the Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, solidifying Ododo’s position as the duly elected governor of Kogi State.

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