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BREAKING: Court chides Apapa’s lawyer for meddling in Obi’s case *Sit down quietly or leave the court, Tsammani, tells SAN

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Chief Oba Maduabuchi, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), had a taste of tonguelashing from the justices of the Court of Appeal, hearing the petition of Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), challenging the declaration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the winner of the February 25 presidential election.

Maduabuchi, apparently briefed by Lamidi Apapa, the self-acclaimed National Chairman of LP, who caused a drama on Wednesday, when he went to the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT), to “assert my authority,” had announced his appearance for the party.

But the tribunal seemed not to take kindly to his move, saying that as a senior lawyer, he ought to know that the procedure before accepting the brief, which was being handled by another lawyer, ordering him to either sit down quietly and observe proceedings or leave the court.

The senior lawyer had stood up when lawyers were asked to announce their appearances, to declare that he was briefed to represent the LP, shortly after Awa Kalu another SAN, who appeared alongside five others, had already announced his presence as counsel for the petitioners.

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After Justice Haruna Tsammani, heading the five-member panel of the court declined to record his appearance, saying that two lawyers could not appear one party in a case, adding: “Let the person that filed the petition make an appearance,” another member of the panel, Abba Mohammed, added: “As a learned silk, you should know better and should have advised whoever it is that briefed you that there cannot be two counsels for the petitioner.”

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Taking a cue from the obvious chastisement of the justices, Maduabuchi, said he would go back and relate what happened in court to his client, to which Tsammani retorted: “That is not our business. You can either leave the court or sit and observe the proceedings.”

Apapa, who had in the Wednesday’s drama, had demanded that Akin Osuntokun, Director General of the Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Organisation (ODPCO), vacated his seat for him as the leader of the party, surprisingly was seen sitting at the back of the courtroom on Friday.

Obi, who had been attending virtually all the court proceedings physically, was also present at Friday’s session alongside Julius Abure, the embattled National Chairman of the party and other key LP members.

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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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