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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Thursday, 14 January, 2021 Edition)

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State

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Court dismisses suit against Akeredolu, Ajasin’s daughter plans appeal

A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit challenging the validity of the All Progressives Congress primary which produced Rotimi Akeredolu, as APC candidate for the October 10, 2020, Ondo State Governorship Election.

Delivering judgement on the suit, on Wednesday, Justice Iyang Ekwo held that the case instituted by Olajumoke Anifowose, was not filed within 14 days as was required for pre-election matters.

The plaintiff, had in the suit filed on her behalf, by her lawyer, Adesina Oke, challenged the indirect mode adopted by the APC for the conduct of the primary which Akeredolu won. According to her, Section 87 of the Electoral Act and Article 20 of the APC constitution were violated by the party’s State Executive Committee and Local Government Committee while conducting the exercise. She prayed the court to grant an order invalidating the primary election. Anifowose also prayed the court to stop the Independent National Electoral Commission from recognising Akeredolu as APC candidate for the said election.

Presidency faults quit warning to Kukah, cautions cleric

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Wednesday faulted the notice to quit handed down by the Sokoto-based Muslim Solidarity Forum to the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah.

The group had in a statement called on Kukah to “quickly and quietly leave the seat of the Caliphate” or immediately stop what it called his malicious vituperations against Islam and Muslims and tender unreserved apology to the Muslim Ummah.

But Shehu in a statement titled “Father Kukah must be allowed to practise his faith and politics,” said the forum’s call was wrong because it was not in line with the nation’s constitution. The presidential aide noted that Kukah had offended many with his remarks against government, adding that groups such as the Muslim Solidarity Forum must, however, uphold the country’s multi-religious principles while individuals like Kukah must respect the feelings of other Nigerians in his utterances

Registration: Developed nations will learn from APC, says Yahaya Bello

The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, on Tuesday said by the time the All Progressives Congress was done with its membership registration and repositioning, other democracies around the world would come to Nigeria to understudy the party’s democracy.

The governor spoke at the APC National Secretariat, Abuja, after his inauguration as the Chairman of the APC Women and Youth Sensitisation and Mobilisation Committee for the party’s membership and revalidation exercise scheduled to commence on January 25th, 2021.

Bello said, “I want to assure you that we shall move to the field immediately. We are going to swing into action. We are going to liaise with every stakeholder within the party and across party lines. We are going to generate serious awareness.

Ogun planning 10,000 housing units within two years – Commissioner

The Ogun State Government says it will deliver 10,000 housing units facilitated by the Federal Government within two years in different parts of the state.

The Ogun State Commissioner for Housing, Jagunmolu Omoniyi, said this while highlighting the achievements of his ministry so far in the state.

Omoniyi disclosed that Ogun State was one of the five states identified by the Federal Government to pilot the economic sustainability programme on housing to jumpstart the economy post-COVID. He added that the state has marked areas where the 10,000 units housing scheme would be located and will be delivered under two years.

Mass school closure unconstitutional, counter-productive – Afe Babalola

Legal luminary and the founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Aare Afe Babalola, on Wednesday condemned the mass closure of schools by the Federal Government over the COVID-19 second wave scare, describing it as unconstitutional and disastrous.

The ABUAD founder, who said the blanket closure was counter-productive, “disturbing, disheartening and have disastrous effect on education of the youth in the country,” said, “I hereby strongly advise that government should stop mass closure of schools.”

Babalola, who spoke in Ado Ekiti at a press conference, said although he would not go to court over the matter, “What I have said is to advise the government of the unconstitutionality of its action. I know the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami; and the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who is a lawyer will look into it.” He spoke in reaction to a statement credited to the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, that the January 18, 2021 earlier set by the Federal Government for school resumption would be reviewed.

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