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BREAKING: Tinubu’s defence team rises to 62 SANs *We’re confident of victory – APC

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With another set of 12 senior lawyers, raised by the All Progressives Congress (APC), the defence team of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in the outcome of the February 25 presidential election, rose to a record 62, all members of the Inner Bar, otherwise known as Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

Both Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP), who came second and third after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the winner of the election, have since approached the court to upturn the result of the election, each claiming to have won.

The Court of Appeal, sitting in Abuja, which is acting as the Presidential Election Tribunal Court, had, on Friday, granted each of them leave to inspect the materials used by the commission to conduct the election, particularly the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System machines, one of the first steps adopted for them to prove their cases.

But shortly after it emerged that a group of 50 SANs, led by legal guru, Wole Olanipekun the APC, had indicated their interest to defend Tinubu, APC in a different move, announced another team of 12 Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), led by Lateef Fagbemi.

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Ahmad Usman El-Marzuq, APC National Legal Adviser, who made the announcement in Abuja on Tuesday, said Fagbemi, a renowned lawyer, who has successfully handled various high-profile election matters, would be joined by Sam Ologunorisa (SAN), Rotimi Oguneso (SAN), Olabisi Soyebo  (SAN), Gboyega Oyewoke (SAN), Murutala Oyewole (SAN), Aliyu Omeiza Saiki (SAN) and Tajudeen Oladoja (SAN).

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Others named in the team, included Pius Akubo (SAN), Oluseye Opasanya (SAN), Suraju Saida (SAN), Kazeem Adeniyi (SAN) and the National Legal Adviser of the party.

Expressing confidence for victory, El-Marzuq said: “We are confident that the legal team possesses requisite expertise and experience to ensure a successful outcome for the APC in the Presidential Election Petition matters. We urge members of the Party to support the team in its effort to defend the will and mandate of the people. We also call on all parties involved to conduct themselves with the utmost professionalism and respect for the rule of law throughout the legal process.”

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Tough economy: Trouble in APC, as staff plan strike

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A loud grumbling has enveloped the 40 Blantyre Crescent, Wuse, Zone 2, Abuja, headquarters of the All Progressives Congress (APC), where staff across different departments are threatening to down tools in protest of poor welfare and biting economic hardship.

Daily Trust, is reporting that the staff are specifically asking the party’s top echelon to make provision for their housing and other allowances, stressing that the economic situation of the country had become quite unfavourable to them.

The paper quoted one of the staff, who spoke on condition of anonymity, as saying that the party’s executive members had left them to suffer, while taking home humongous amounts of money as salaries and allowances.

Though Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, National Chairman of the party, is said to have commenced payment of N35,000 provisional wage award to them in January 2024, they argued that the largesse would in June, and they would be back to square one and therefore, they needed more stable welfare packages.

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In a swift riposte, Felix Morka, spokesman of the party, was quoted as dismissing the agitation, saying: “Those matters I don’t really discuss them. As you can see, there are many important things to discuss; at the national level, in Edo State. We are battling with all that. So, any in-house matters are not my focus right now.”

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BREAKING: Davido ups the ante, doles out N300million to orphanages

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David Adeleke Nigerian music sensation, otherwise known as Davido is stamping his giant feet with which he has mesmerised his audience across the world in the arena of philanthropy, with an announcement of a fresh donation of a whopping N300million to some orphanages across the country.

The latest is an increase of N63million up from the N237million the popular singer, who disclosed the largesse in a statement on his social media accounts on Tuesday, dolled out last year as part of the gesture in what is now turning out a yearly programme since it started a few years ago.

The gesture is coming at a time Nigeria is under an intense weather of deprivation and poverty, with the prices of food and other commodities hitting the roof and citizens, unable to afford basic items mostly going to bed on empty stomachs as a result.

In recent weeks, demonstrations had erupted in many parts of the country, including Niger, Kano, Ogun and Oyo States, where residents trooped into the streets to demand an end to the parlous situation, which they blamed on the insensitive policies of the government of Bola Tinubu, the Nigerian President.

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The singer, who first gave out N250m to 292 orphanages in October 2022, said the this year’s donation would be done through The David Adeleke Foundation (DAF), adding: “I and my foundation pledge the sum of 300 million Naira to orphanages around Nigeria … as my yearly contribution to the nation. Details of disbursement tomorrow.”

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BREAKING: Tinubu set to probe Buhari’s N23trillion Ways and Means debt

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At last, President Bola Tinubu, may be going through the N23trillion Ways and Means debt obtained by his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari, with a fine comb to determine what the funds, which is attributed to a major part of the current debt overhang in the country, went into.

The Nation, quoted Wale Edun, Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy as revealing this much to participants at the ongoing Public Wealth Management Conference organised by the Ministry of Finance Incorporated (MoFI).

Besides, the Minister reportedly said the Federal Government would also present a bill to the National Assembly, soon to authorise the removal of “all taxes and levies that constitute nuisance from the country’s tax system, as a measure to wean itself from future Ways and Means indebtedness.

The government, Edun added, will vigorously pursue policies that will allow it harvest revenue in real time from Government Owned Enterprises (GOEs) and Corporate entities.

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It was also on the same day that the Minister explained that Tinubu’s administration inherited a surge in food and general commodity prices from the previous government, but emphasised the government’s commitment to reducing food prices and tackling the nation’s high inflation rate.

Outlining the measures government was taking in tackling the situation, he revealed that, the government had released 42,000 metric tons of grains, with an additional 60,000 metric tons scheduled for release soon.

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