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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Tuesday, 19 January, 2021 Edition)

Governor Godwin Obaseki

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

Court Dismisses AAC Suit Seeking Obaseki’s Sack

A Federal High Court sitting in Benin, yesterday, dismissed a suit filed by the African Action Congress (AAC) seeking to nullify the September 19, 2020 governorship election in Edo State.

AAC filed the suit seeking the nullification of the election over the unlawful exclusion of their political party from the list of parties that contested the poll. The party also urged the court to nullify the election over the alleged exclusion of the names of its candidates by the defendant, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before the state gubernatorial election.

Delivering the ruling, the court presided over by Justice Adefunmilola Demi-Ajayi, held that though it was within the rights of the plaintiffs to file their applications within 14 days of publication of names of governorship candidates by the defendants, it failed to do so. It, therefore, dismissed the application for being filed out of time. The court also awarded the cost of N100,000 in favour of the defendants.

Uproar As Akeredolu Asks Herdsmen To Leave Ondo

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Monday directed all herdsmen to vacate the Ondo forest reserves within the next seven days. The ultimatum will lapse on Sunday, January 24.

In his verified Twitter handle, Akeredolu also banned night-grazing and movement of cattle within the cities and highways in Ondo.

Some analysts and legal practitioners who spoke to Daily Trust described the statement by the Ondo governor as contradictory, insisting that he was indirectly asking herders to leave the state, which is against the Nigerian Constitution. However, others supported the governor saying he has the right to ask questionable characters to leave.

COVID-19: There May Be Another Lockdown, FG Warns

The Federal Government has warned that there may be a second national lockdown over the rising cases of the COVID-19 in the country.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, gave the warning on Monday in Abuja, at the joint national briefing of the taskforce.

According to him, “the nation is in a very difficult position and must do everything to avoid a second national lockdown.

Amotekun Doing The Job God Doesn’t Like, Says Alaafin Of Oyo

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, has assured Fulani communities in Oyo State of safety just as he berated the activities of the Amotekun Corps saying ‘they are doing the job God doesn’t like.’

The Alaafin stated this while receiving the leadership of the Fulani herdsmen in his palace on Sunday.

Reacting to the disturbing trend and the attack on a Fulani settlement in Ibarapa Central local government area of the state, Alaafin said “A lot of people in Yorubaland do not know that Fulani are different from one another: there are those into trading, and also those settlers that are into cattle rearing and also those that roam about from Niger, Burkina Faso; this set also troublea those Fulanis in our midst, they are a problem to all of us including the Fulanis.

COVID-19: We Opposed Jan. 18 School Resumption – FG

The Federal Government on Monday said it was against the resumption of schools on January 18.

At the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said the Federal Government did not agree with the states on the resumption date. Adamu, who noted that the PTF would monitor the COVID-19 situation on a daily basis, said the school resumption could be reviewed again.

“We sat down, looked at the figures and we took the decision that schools should not open. Unfortunately, we have to state this because it is supposed to be a collective decision, but you must understand that the schools we’re talking about, the Federal Government has only about 100 out of thousands of schools. The schools are under the jurisdiction of states and just as the PTF was unanimous in saying that schools should not open, states were unanimous that schools should open.

Defection: Dogara Not Our Member – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has debunked claims by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has defected to its fold.

The return of Dogara to APC was announced at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on July 24, last year, after he met with President Muhammadu Buhari along with the chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the APC, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State. The defection of Dogara is being celebrated as one of the achievements of the committee.

A member of the PDP, Alhaji Hamza Koshe Akuyam, had approached a Federal High Court in Abuja seeking an order to compel the leadership of the House to declare Dogara’s seat vacant. Those joined in the suit as defendants were: Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, Attorney General Federation, Independent National Electoral Commission and APC. But in a counter-affidavit filed before the court and deposed by the Head of the Legal Department, Dare Oketade, on behalf of the National Legal Adviser of APC, the party stated that it was not aware that Dogara has defected from PDP.

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