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APC Crisis: My Lawyers Will Advise Me On Next Line Of Action – Adams Oshiomhole

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The suspended National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole, says he has accepted the court’s verdict which upheld his suspension.

Speaking during an interview on Wednesday, Oshiomhole noted that his next line of action will be determined by his lawyers based on legal advice.

“We thank their lordships, they have given their judgement. In our democracy, the court is an independent arm of government.

“When they hand that judgment, it is not for you to pick whether you will obey or not. I accept their judgement in good fate.

“My lawyers will advise having studied the judgement, what the next line of action will be. So at this point, I will just thank their Lordships for their judgment and look forward to my lawyers on what should be the next line if there should be another next line of action,” he said.

When asked if he would instruct his lawyers to appeal the ruling of the Appellate Court on his suspension, the embattled APC chief neither confirmed nor opposed the question.

Rather, he insisted that his next move would not be discussed on national television.

He said: “What I do next would be based on my legal advice and my lawyers will act on that. I don’t think I need to communicate that through the television. It’s a relationship between a lawyer and his client. And I think we should leave it at that.”

Reacting to the decision of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to disqualify Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State from participating in APC primary election on June 22, Oshiomhole noted that there is no going back on the decision.

While pleading for peace among members, he advised the APC’s Secretary, Victor Giadom, against parading himself as the acting National Chairman of the party.

Oshiomhole’s comments come 24 hours after the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja affirmed his suspension as a member and National Chairman of the ruling party.

Ruling on the interlocutory appeal filed by Comrade Oshiomhole, the appellate court upheld the decision of the Federal Capital Territory High Court delivered by Justice Danlami Senchi which in March ordered the suspension of Oshiomhole as well as restraining him from parading himself as the National Chairman of the party.

In a unanimous judgement in the first appeal delivered by Justice Eunice Onyemanam, the court held that the FCT High Court had territorial jurisdiction to have entertained the suit as it did.

The court also withdrew his rights and privileges as National Chairman of the party including his security details.

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Rape Scandal: D’banj Sues Seyitan For N1.5 Billion

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Award-winning Nigerian singer, Oladapo Oyebanjo, a.k.a. D’banj, has dragged his accuser, Seyitan Babatayo, before an FCT High Court demanding N1bn for general damages and N500m for aggravated, punitive and exemplary damages.

Babatayo had accused D’Banj of raping her in Glee Hotel, Lagos, sometime in December 2018, an allegation the musician has denied.

In the suit filed on his behalf by his lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), the musician sought an order barring Babatayo from making further accusations against his person.

The Kokomaster is seeking an apology from his accuser for the mental agony, ridicule, embarrassment and marital disharmony her tweets have caused.

Some of the reliefs sought include “an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendant whether by herself, her agents, servants, employees, privies, assigns, friends or personal representatives or otherwise howsoever from further publishing, tweeting or posting to members of the public, on their Twitter handle or any social media outlets or print or electronic medium and from further tweeting or publishing the said offensive words complained of, or similar words or words to the like effect.

“An order directing the defendant to pay to the claimant the sum of N1bn only representing general damages over the untold embarrassment, derision, public ridicule, odium, obloquy, marital disharmony, mental agony and psychological trauma which the defendant’s tweets and publications have caused the claimant.

“An order directing the defendant to pay to the claimant the sum of N500m representing aggravated, punitive and exemplary damages.”

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Court Orders Forfeiture Of N250m Allegedly Diverted From NDDC

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The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the forfeiture to the Federal Government, the sum of N250 million allegedly diverted from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Justice Rilwan Aikawa gave the order on Thursday while ruling on an ex-parte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for the interim forfeiture of the money.

Counsel to the EFCC, Usman Buhari, told the court that the money had been illegally diverted from the NDDC, through a contract awarded by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Buhari asked the court to make an order of forfeiture, as well as an order directing the publication of the forfeiture order in a national newspaper for anyone interested in the funds to show cause within 14 days why a final order of forfeiture should not be made in favour of the Federal Government.

Justice Aikawa, in a short ruling, granted the request of the EFCC counsel and ordered the forfeiture of the money.

The matter was later adjourned until July 9, 2020.

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Rivers Varsity Clears Bayelsa Deputy Governor of Alleged Forgery

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The management of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST) told the Bayesla State Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja that the State Deputy governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo graduated from the institution.

While being led in his evidence by the Deputy Governor’s lead cousel, Mr. Chukwuma-Macgukwu Ume (SAN) on Wednesday, the Directorate of Legal Services at the university, Mr. Fyne Le Amanie informed the tribunal that Senator Ewhrudjakpo graduated from the institution in the 1996/1997 academic session.

The confirmation came on the heels of a petition filed by a candidate of the Liberation Movement (LM) in the November 16, 2019, governorship candidate in the state, Mr. Vijah Opuama challenging Ewhrudjakpo’s qualification to stand election.

He alleged in his petition that the deputy governor submitted a forged exemption certificate of his National Youth Service (NYSC) certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission before the election.

The petitioner further told the tribunal that there were discrepancies in the name of the deputy governor on his NYSC exemption certificate.

But clearing the controversy, Fyne Le Amannie told the tribunal that the deputy governor actually graduated from the school.

Amanie, a subpoened witness who testified as RW4 explained that although the deputy governor graduated in 1996/1997 academic session, “but that the ceremony took place in 1998.”

The witness who was led in evidence by counsel to Senator Ewhirudjakpo, Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume (SAN) said he has been a staff of the institution for over 30 years.

“I am a legal officer in the Department of Directorate of Legal Services, Rivers State University. I was served with the subpoena of the tribunal on June 11, 2020.

Making clarifications on the controversy surrounding his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Exemption Certificate, of the the deputy governor, Amanyie said that his surname was misspelt, adding that Instead of Ewhrudjakpo, the name was misspelt as Ewhrudjakpa.

“He wrote a letter to to the university dated January 1, 2000 complaining that his name was misspelt in his degree certificate and that it should be corrected.

“The 4th respondent applied to the university for the correction of his name through the Exams/Record Department.”

The witness tendered some documents including the Certified True Copies (CTC) of spread sheet of result of part time students of the University of 1996 including the CTC of the convocation brochure of the school.

“The 4th respondent (Ewhirudjakpo) graduated in 1996 but the ceremony took place in 1998”, he told the tribunal.

On his part, the Deputy glGovernor had told the tribunal that there was an error in his NYSC Exemption Certificate, which he explained was the fault of NYSC, adding that it was corrected when he applied to NYSC authorities.

Others who testified were a Principal Registrar II with the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Musa Garba who tendered some documents including an enroll order of the court, the Director Legal Services of the Department of State Security Service, Ibrahim Adbulsalami who tendered copies of correspondence between the Service and the NYSC in respect with the forgery allegations.

Under cross examination, the DSS admitted that the deputy governor was not invited during its investigation into the allegation.

According to Ibrahim, “we did not interface with the 4th respondent or interview him in the course of our investigation.”
Subsequently, the three-member tribunal adjourned the petition for the adoption of final written addresses by parties.

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