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The Supreme Court has removed Ali Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman of the PDP.
five-man panel of the apex court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria,
Justice Walter Onnoghen, in its judgment delivered on Wednesday,
reinstated Ahmed Makarfi, earlier sacked by the Port Harcourt Division
of the Court of Appeal, as the National Caretaker Committee.
the lead judgment of the Supreme Court, on Wednesday, Justice Bode
Rhodes-Vivour, held that contrary to the majority judgment of the Port
Harcourt Division of the Court of Appeal, the suit filed by Makarfi
faction before the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt was not an abuse
court also held that the National Convention of the PDP held on May 21,
2016 rightly and constitutionally removed Sheriff. It held that the
convention acted rightly and not in breach of any aspect of the PDP’s
constitution by setting up the the Makarfi-led National Caretaker
judgment of the apex court was unanimously agreed to the lead judgment
by Justice Rhodes-Vivour. Other members of the panel are, Justices
Onnoghen, Tanko Muhammad, Kayode Ariwoola and Dattijo Muhammad.
Gov Bello Begs Kogi ASUU To Suspend Strike
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi has appealed to members of the state
university’s Academic Staff Union to call off their strike and resume
Bello, who visited the university at Ayagba yesterday, pledged to pay
all the salary arrears of lecturers and non-academic staff of the
institution this month.
He said that the payment would cover those on contract and study leave,
as well as those employed in 2015. The governor, however, said those who
took the government to court would not benefit from the payment.
“I am going to pay every single dime, compute the arrears of all
outstanding salaries. And for peace to reign, we will pay all including
those on sabbatical, contract and study leave. “We owe you this and we
shall pay you,” he said.
Bello said issues of education should not be politicised or reduced to mediocrity and sentiments.
“Progress, development, advancement, breakthroughs, discoveries,
innovations and inventions are supposed to be the hallmarks of this
university but we can only achieve these if we are ready to face the
“What future do we have as a people and as a nation if we allow the rot to continue; we must have a rethink,” he said.
The governor warned those fighting the administration for selfish gains to refrain from their action.
Earlier, Prof. Adams Ahmad, Chairman, Governing Council of the university, described the governor’s intervention as `divine.’
Ahmad, who said the strike by the lecturers was avoidable, however,
described the crises bedevilling the institution as “chronically
endemic,” having accumulated over time and advised that it be tackled in
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mohammed Abdulkadir, in his welcome address,
appealed to the governor to provide adequate accommodation, electricity,
transportation, water and health facilities for the staff and students.
Abdulkadir said that the institution presently has 419 lecturers and
would require 361 more academic staff to function efficiently and
effectively in all departments.
He noted that non-accreditation of programmes in Health Sciences and the
University Teaching Hospital among others had stagnated students who
ought to be on clinical teaching by now.
Also speaking, the Attah-Igala and President, Kogi Traditional Council
of Chiefs, Dr Idakwo Amen-Oboni said “extreme unionism” was detrimental
to peace and development.
The royal father advised the government, university management,
teachers, staff, students, parents and guardians to take their
responsibilities in the education sector very seriously.
Man Batters Wife, Throws Her Off Two-Storey Building
A 35-year-old man, Uche Chukwuka, who allegedly battered his wife and
threw her down a two-storey building, appeared before a Yaba Chief
Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Wednesday.
The accused, residing at No. 22 Railway Line in Idi-Oro, Mushin, Lagos,
is standing trial on a two-count charge bordering on assault.
Chukwuka, however, pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charges preferred against
him. The Prosecutor, Inspector Godwin Oriabure, told court that the
offence was committed on June 20 at about 7:30p.m. at the residence of
He explained that the accused committed the offence, following a heated
argument with his wife, which led to a fight. “The accused beat up his
wife and pushed her from a two-storey building, which caused her
grievous body harm,” Oriabure stated.
He said the offences contravened sections 170 (a) and 173 of the
Criminal Law Cap Ch, C17, Vol.3 Laws of Lagos State Nigeria, 2015.
The magistrate, Mr. O.S. Aka-Bashorun, granted bail to Chukwuka in the sum of N500,000, with two sureties in like sum.
He said that one of the sureties must be a community leader or Eze
Ndigbo, whose name must be in the gazette of the Lagos State Government.
He adjourned the case until August 8 for substantive trial.
Ekiti Assembly Suspends Member Indefinitely For Demanding Speaker, Fayose’s Resignation
The Ekiti State House of Assembly has suspended a member of the house,
Gboyega Aribisogan, indefinitely for demanding the resignation of the
Speaker, Kolawole Oluwawole, and the governor, Ayodele Fayose.
The house handed the suspension on Tuesday through a resolution, a few
hours after Mr. Aribisogan addressed a press conference to make his
The lawmaker had earlier been suspended by the same house for 180 legislative days for alleged anti-party activities.
The house also barred him from accessing the premises the House of Assembly complex within a 1km radius until “further notice”.