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2023: Atiku Joins Tik Tok Ahead Of Presidential Election

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One of the leading People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirants and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday joined one of the leading social media platforms, Tik Tok.

The former Vice President who joined the social media platform ahead of the 2023 general election made this known in a post via his official Facebook page.

Announcing the development to his Facebook followers, Atiku urged supporters to join him on the trending social media platform @realatiku in order to get updates on his 2023 presidential ambition.

Daily Independent gathered that the presidential aspirant joined Tik Tok to woo Nigerian youths ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Tik Tok is a video-focused platform owned by a Chinese company, ByteDance Ltd, which allows people to create short watchable content and share it with friends, family, or the public.

It hosts a variety of short-form user videos, from genres like pranks, stunts, tricks, jokes, dance, and entertainment with durations from 15 seconds to ten minutes.

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Hushpuppi: Abba Kyari’s extradition suit fixed for June 2

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The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Wednesday fixed June 2 to hear the extradition suit filed by the AGF.

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Wednesday fixed June 2 to hear the extradition suit filed by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) against suspended police chief Abba Kyari.

Justice Inyang Ekwo fixed the date after counsel for the AGF, Pius Akutah, applied for more time to enable parties to respond to processes served on each other by Mahmud Magaji, lawyer to Mr Kyari.

Mr Akutah informed that though the court fixed Wednesday for hearing in the matter on the last adjourned date, he had a motion for extension of time dated and filed on April 19.

After the application was not opposed by counsel to Mr Kari, the judge granted the order as prayed.

The judge then adjourned the matter until June 2 for a hearing.

The hearing in the suit, on March 23, suffered a setback.

The development occurred when Nureni Jimoh, who appeared for the disgraced police chief, told Mr Ekwo shortly after the matter was called for the mention, but he was yet to be served with the AGF’s processes.

The federal government had sought Mr Kyari’s extradition to the United States to answer a case over his alleged link with the fraudster, Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi.

Through the Office of the AGF, the federal government had filed the application marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/249/2022.

The suit, titled: “Application for the Extradition of Abba Kyari to the U.S.,” was dated and filed on March 2.

While the AGF is the applicant, Mr Kyari is the respondent in the application.

Mr Kyari was formerly the head of the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT).

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2023: APC gives Amaechi, Ngige, Malami, others 72 hours to resign

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The APC gave all appointees aspiring for elective offices in 2023 till Saturday April 30 to relinquish their present appointment.

The ruling All Progressives Congress has issued a 72-hour ultimatum to cabinet ministers and other government appointees wishing to contest positions in the 2023 general elections to resign or forfeit their chances.

APC, in its elections guidelines for primaries, gave all appointees till Saturday April 30 to relinquish their present appointment if they intend to participate in its forthcoming round of the party’s primary elections.

Transport minister Rotimi Amaechi, his labour ministry counterpart Chris Ngige and Attorney General Abubarkar Malami are among appointees affected by the directive.

Messrs Amaechi and Ngige are gunning for the presidential seat while Mr Malami is eyeing governorship in his native Kebbi State.

The APC has fixed its the presidential primary to hold between May 30 and June 1.

Section 3(i) of the APC Guidelines for the Nomination of Candidates bars political appointee at every level from participating at the party’s primary either as delegates or as candidates at the party’s primary elections. 

The guideline directs “Any political office holder interested in contesting for an elective office” to resign 30 days to the date of the conduct of the party’s primary election for the office sought.

The guideline is in tandem with Section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act 2022 (as amended) which states that political appointees, including ministers/commissioners and special advisers, must resign in order to participate as delegates or contestants at their respective political parties’ conventions.

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$418m Paris Club Refund: Court orders service of contempt charge on 5 SANs

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The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday, ordered the service of contempt charge on five Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SANs, over an allegation that they acted in breach of the judgement that ordered the withdrawal of $418million from account of the 36 states of the federation, to settle debt in relation to the Paris Club Refund.

Justice Inyang Ekwo directed that the charge should be served on the senior lawyers, within seven days.

The order followed an ex-parte application that was brought before the court by two consultants, Dr. George Uboh and Panic Alert Security System (PASS), who were engaged by the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), to facilitate the Paris Club Refund.

The affected SANs are; Mr. S.I. Ameh, Jubrin Okutepa, Dr. Garba Tetengi, Ahmed Raji, and Mr. Olumiyiwa Akinboro.

It will be recalled that the court had in a judgement it delivered on March 25, granted the Federal Government the nod to deduct $418million from account of the 36 states to payoff the consultants.

The court dismissed a suit that Attorneys-General of all the states filed to stop the withdrawal.

The AGs had in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1313/2021, contended that such withdrawal would cripple the states financially.

They told the court that after the said contract with the consultants were carefully scrutinized, as well as a purported judgement debt the FG relied upon to apply for the withdrawal, it was found that the 36 states were not parties to the court action that resulted to the judgment debt.

However, the court, held that AGs, being appointees of state governors, lacked the locus standi to institute the suit.

It observed that both the NGF and ALGON, are duly registered bodies that could sue or be sued, saying it was both bodies that could file the suit and not the state AGs.

Meanwhile, though AGs of the 36 states had since gone to the Court of Appeal over the matter, they also reapproached the high court for an injunction to halt the execution of the judgement, pending the determination of the appeal.

At the resumed proceedings in the matter on Wednesday, counsel to the states, Mr. Ameh, SAN, told the court that the said application for injunction had been overtaken by events since the appellate court was already seized with facts of the case.

He told the court that the application was filed before the record of appeal was entered.

“The appeal having been entered, the Court of Appeal is now seized with everything relating to this matter.

“We have filed an affidavit of fact to notify this court that an appeal has been duly entered in respect of the judgement”, Ameh added.

On his part, counsel to the two consultants who were cited as 15th and 16th defendants in the matter, Mr. Emeka Okoro, applied and secured leave of the court to serve contempt charge on the five SANs that represented the state AGs, through substituted means.

In processes before the court, the consultants, told the Court that the five SANs had three days after the judgement was delivered on March 25, issued a caveat emptor, asking members of the public and all financial institutions in the country and abroad, to desist from giving value to Promissory Notes the FG already issued to them.

They alleged that the caveat emptor that was issued by the SANs violated the ruling of the court delivered on December 13, 2021, the Judgment of the court delivered on March 25, as well as earlier consent judgment of the same court delivered on April 8, 2019, all of which have neither been vacated, upturned on appeal or their execution successfully stayed by any Court in Nigeria.

They alleged that the conduct of the SANs amounted to a grave violation of Section 287(3) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, which imposed a peremptory duty on all authorities and persons to enforce the judgment of the Federal High Court of Nigeria throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

More so, they prayed the court to refer the five SANs to both the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee (LPPC) and the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (LPDC) for appropriate sanctions.

The defendants/applicants specifically applied for an order, committing the five SANs to prison custody, for contempt of court.

Justice Ekwo directed the service of the contempt charge on the five SANs within the next seven days, even as he fixed May 26 to hear the case.

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