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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Thursday, 7 January, 2021 Edition)

Pastor Ize Iyamu

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Here’s our picks on today’s top buzzy stories on Punch Newspaper. We prepare it as a quick-read for our visitors who also enjoys Punch News.

APC deputy gov candidate, Ganiyu candidacy nullified

Edo State High Court 7 sitting in Benin, on Wednesday, nullified the candidacy of the deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Audu Ganiyu, who contested in the September 19, 2020 governorship election.

An individual, Kadiri Oshoakhemhe had in a suit No: B/358/20 filed a case against the APC deputy governorship candidate and two others who he argued were ineligible to contest the elections on the grounds they presented false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Delivering judgement in Benin City, the presiding judge, Justice H.A Courage-Ogbebor said that Ganiyu presented false information in his Form EC9 which he submitted to INEC to enable him contest the election.

Prepare to hand over power to PDP, Wike tells APC

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has urged the Federal Government to prepare to hand over power to the Peoples’ Democratic Party come 2023, noting that Nigerians were yearning for good governance.

Wike made the call during the inauguration of the 11.53 kilometers Agbonchai-Afam road, connecting Eleme and Oyigbo Local Government Areas and performed by the former Senate Majority leader, Ali Ndume on Wednesday.

This was contained in a statement signed by his media aide, Kelvin Ebiri, in Port Harcourt.

Senate raises concern over power ministry’s N478m in mortgage bank

The Senate has raised concern over the safety of the N478m deposited by the Federal Ministry of Power in Aso Savings and Loans Plc.

The money, according to the 2015 report of the Auditor General for the Federation, was in connection with the Zungeru Power Project.

The report currently being scrutinised by the Senate Public Account Committee stated that the amount was meant for the compensation of persons that would be displaced to pave the way for the project execution. It further stated that part of the money was for the purpose of securing housing facilities for some staff of the Ministry of Power.

Sultan’s JNI tackles Kukah, says Christmas sermon targets Islam

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar-led Jama’atu Nasril Islam on Wednesday knocked the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah over his homily on Christmas day.

The organisation described Kukah’s homily as a poisoned arrow fired at the heart of Islam and Muslims across the country.

On Wednesday in Kaduna, a statement titled, ‘Press release on Reverend Kukah’s Christmas homily,’ and authored by the JNI’s Secretary General, Dr Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, described Kukah’s message as “irresponsible and seditious.”

Certificate forgery suit: Obaseki closes defence case as ex-VC testifies

A former Vice-Chancellor of Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, Prof. Eghosa Osaghae on Wednesday told Justice Ahmed Mohammed of a Federal High Court in Abuja that it is not wrong to submit an incomplete photocopy of a certificate. Osaghae stated this while testifying as the third witness of Governor Godwin Obsaeki of Edo State.

The plaintiffs, among others, were contending that the photocopies of the University of Ibadan degree certificate attached to the nomination form submitted by Obaseki to the Independent National Electoral Commission for the September 19 2019 governorship election was forged.

According to them, the photocopies did not contain the signature of the Registrar of the University and the date the certificate was issued. But Obaseki, through his two witnesses, said on Tuesday that the Registrar’s signature and the date of issue were cut off from the photocopies of his certificate submitted to INEC because the person who made the photocopy used a smaller size A4 paper, which was smaller than the size of the original certificate.

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