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What Yahaya Bello Said After Tribunal Affirms Him As Kogi State Governor

The Kogi State governorship election petition tribunal on Saturday affirmed the election victory of Yahaya Bello at the November 16, 2019 gubernatorial polls.

As earlier reported by Naija News, the election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, dismissed the case filed against Governor Bello by Musa Wada, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party.

The three-man panel of judges, led by Justice Ibrahim Kaigama, after hours of delay, unanimously dismissed Musa Wada’s petition for lack of merit and asked him to pay N500,000 as costs to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Independent National Election Commission (INEC) for his frivolous claims.

Reacting to the tribunal’s ruling, Governor Yahaya Bello, in a statement by Onogwu Muhammed, his Chief Press Secretary, described the judgment as an affirmation of his landmark victory on November 16, 2019.

He added that the ruling has given him more motivation to serve the people of Kogi State.

The statement noted that: “The rule of law once again came to the defense of democracy by affirming the collective will of the people, which was expressed on the 16th of November, 2019 when a vast, compelling majority of the electorate cast their votes for me to serve them for a second term.”

He added that the judiciary remains the last hope of the common man and all hands must be on deck to move Kogi State forward.

It will be recalled Yahaya Bello, who contested on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), polled a total of 406,222 votes to emerge winner of the election and remain in office for a second term.

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What Yahaya Bello Said After Tribunal Affirmed Him As Kogi State Governor

The Kogi State governorship election petition tribunal on Saturday affirmed the election victory of Yahaya Bello at the November 16, 2019 gubernatorial polls.

As earlier reported by Naija News, the election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, dismissed the case filed against Governor Bello by Musa Wada, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party.

The three-man panel of judges, led by Justice Ibrahim Kaigama, after hours of delay, unanimously dismissed Musa Wada’s petition for lack of merit and asked him to pay N500,000 as costs to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Independent National Election Commission (INEC) for his frivolous claims.

Reacting to the tribunal’s ruling, Governor Yahaya Bello, in a statement by Onogwu Muhammed, his Chief Press Secretary, described the judgment as an affirmation of his landmark victory on November 16, 2019.

He added that the ruling has given him more motivation to serve the people of Kogi State.

The statement noted that: “The rule of law once again came to the defense of democracy by affirming the collective will of the people, which was expressed on the 16th of November, 2019 when a vast, compelling majority of the electorate cast their votes for me to serve them for a second term.”

He added that the judiciary remains the last hope of the common man and all hands must be on deck to move Kogi State forward.

It will be recalled Yahaya Bello, who contested on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), polled a total of 406,222 votes to emerge winner of the election and remain in office for a second term.

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What Government Must Do After COVID-19 – Atiku

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has urged government at various levels to prioritise the welfare of the people when planning for the post-COVID-19 era.

He gave the advice in a Sallah message on Saturday to Nigerians.

Atiku who said COVID-19 was a test from Allah, urged Nigerians to continue to abide by the guidelines issued by health authorities.

“All these strictures could not have made our fasting less valid because, as Muslims, we believe that everything that happens is with the command of Almighty Allah. We are taught in the scripture and the Sunnah of Noble Prophet Muhammad (SAW) that God would test our faith individually and as an Ummah,” Atiku said.

“The current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic is a test from Allah and, having fasted as we are enjoined as Muslims, let us continue to remember that it is part of our faith to protect all lives and to abide by regulations from those in authority, especially during a time of great uncertainty like this.

“Those protocols about avoidance of crowded places, social distancing and regular washing of hands are for our own benefits and the benefits of humankind in general.

“As Muslims, it is incumbent upon us to do our best both in action and in prayers to ensure that the world is healed of this deadly virus in the earliest possible time.

“People in leadership positions all over the world should learn from countless examples of how Prophet Muhammed (SAW) and his immediate disciples took the welfare of the people as a priority in the administration of a state.

“This time calls for sacrifice in leadership. This is no time for extravagance and living in luxury. This year’s Eid-el-Fitr celebration is already a special one.

“But I wish all Nigerian Muslims and their counterparts across the world a more special celebration, filled with pleasant moments as we pray together and enjoy the day with our families.”

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Finally, Buhari Speaks On Extended COVID-19 Lockdown

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President Muhammadu Buhari has asked for Nigerians understanding as the country experience an extended lockdown due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In a statement by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, President Buhari stated that not government intentionally imposes tough measures on its citizens.

“No government would intentionally impose these tough and demanding measures on its citizens if it had a choice,” he said.

He asked Nigerians whose businesses and means of livelihoods were badly affected by the prolonged lockdown measures for their understanding and cooperation.

Buhari revealed that the lockdown measures would not go on longer than necessary because they would be reviewed from time to time to ease the increasing hardships on Nigerians.

He called on wealthy Nigerians with means to continue helping their neighbours and the less well-to-do.

The President prayed to Allah to ease the hardship among the people as they struggle hard to flatten the curve.

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Breaking: Tribunal Delivers Final Judgment On Yahaya Bello’s Election

Breaking: Tribunal Delivers Final Judgment On Yahaya Bello’s Election

The Kogi state governorship election petition tribunal has affirmed the election of Yahaya Bello as governor of Kogi State, north-central Nigeria.

Naija News reports that the election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, dismissed the case filed against Governor Bello by Musa Wada, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party on Saturday.

The three-man panel of judges, led by Justice Ibrahim Kaigama, after hours of delay, unanimously dismissed Musa Wada’s petition for lack of merit and asked him to pay N500,000 as costs to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Independent National Election Commission (INEC) for his frivolous claims.

Naija News recalls Musa Wada scored 189,704 votes on the platform of the PDP to emerge the first runner-up of the November 16, 2019 election but displeased with the outcome of the election, he went to the tribunal to challenge the victory of Yahaya Bello, who polled 406,222 votes.

Also displeased with the decision of the tribunal today, the PDP candidate has vowed to challenge the judgment at the Court of Appeal to seek justice and reclaim what he termed as “stolen mandate”.

Meanwhile, before today’s ruling, the Kogi state governorship election petition tribunal had also dismissed two other petitions against Bello.

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Bishop Oyedepo Reacts To Reopening Of Churches, Mosques, Makes New Prediction

Bishop Oyedepo Reacts To Reopening Of Churches, Mosques, Makes New Prediction

The General Overseer of Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has reacted to the reopening of churches across the country amid Coronavirus in Nigeria, saying “we serve a prayer-answering God.”

Naija News reports that the Bishop who spoke at the Church’s Covenant Hour of Prayer on Saturday, convened virtually, maintained that churches remained a solution centre to all crises humans face.

His words: “Twenty-one states as at last night, if I’m correct, twenty-one states of the nation are open to worship.

“The other ones have no choice; they should just know that they have no choice,” Bishop Oyedepo said.

Bishop Oyedepo added that God had already answered the prayers of the saints against the Coronavirus pandemic and that the signs are showing globally.

He continued: “Yesterday, the American president, Donald Trump, declared places of worship open across the United States.

“That is how God has been humiliating this noisome pestilence; watch out, very shortly, every part of the world would be totally free,” he said.

The Bishop went on to predict that the “fear of this noisome pestilence would be gone into oblivion,” even as he prayed that “Nigeria is free from the torture and torment of the Coronavirus virus and the fear of it.”

Meanwhile, Naija News reports that Bishop Oyedepo’s statement is coming after Nigeria’s Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, had warned against reopening of places of worship, adding that it would be very much around for some time, hence, the need to take precautionary measures.

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IG Of Police Congratulates Muslims, Warn Against Religious Gatherings

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The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu congratulated all faithful Muslims in the country as they celebrate the 2020 Eid-El Fitri.

The IG in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday, May 22 by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Frank Mba, boast of the force’s commitment in ensuring security of lives of citizens during and after the festival.

He, however, warned that no religious gathering is allowed at this moment until the Coronavirus disease subsides in the country.

Mba noted in the statement that “a proactive and robust anti-crime measures, including the deployments of tactical and intelligence assets of the Force were already in place.”

He expressed confidence Nigeria will soon come out victorious from the battle against the pandemic, urging citizens to, however, adhere to preventive regulations made known by the government and health agencies.

the COVID-19 prevention regulation orders, the inter state movement restriction, national curfew and the prohibition of religious gatherings were still in force,” the IGP reiterated.

Meanwhile, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has rolled out a gradual guideline process for reopening of its economy in motion, with the rollout of Register-to-Open guidelines.

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Nollywood Veteran Actor, Producer Dies

Popular Nollywood actor and producer, Prince Femi Oyewumi, also known as Laditi, has died.

Naija News reports that Laditi, a prince of Soun of Ogbomoso, died in the early hours of Friday.

It was gathered that the Nollywood actor died after he was rushed to the hospital on Thursday night.

Laditi reportedly suffered from a chronic back pain for some months before his death.

The Nollywood legend who started his career in the 80s specialized in a stage play, epic, and historic film.

Ogunojalu Ogbomoso was his last work.

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Just In: 10 More COVID-19 Patients Discharged In Kano

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The Kano State Government has discharged 10 more people who have recovered from the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19).

This was made known in a post on Twitter on Friday by the Kano State Ministry of Health.

The Ministry also revealed that Kano State has recorded eight fresh COVID-19 cases.

Naija News reports that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, on Thursday night confirmed two hundred and forty-five new cases of Coronavirus in Nigeria.

The agency in a post on their official Twitter account confirmed the new cases bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria to 7261.

Meanwhile, 2007 patients have been discharged, while 221 deaths have been recorded in the country.

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What Former President Jonathan Said About Buhari’s Handling Of Coronavirus In Nigeria

What Former President Jonathan Said About Buhari's Handling Of Coronavirus In Nigeria

Former President Goodluck Jonathan says the handling of Coronavirus in Nigeria by President Muhammadu Buhari‘s government is “positive.”

Naija News reports that the former Nigerian President shared his position on the handling of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by Nigeria and Africa at large when he featured in Webinar organised by the Kofi Annan Foundation on Friday, May 22.

Speaking during the Webinar tagged “Could democracy become the silent victim of COVID-19?” the former President said the efforts of state governors in the fight against the pandemic in various states in Nigeria is commendable.

Former President Jonathan said pandemic has forced some African countries to be proactive as they take steps they would ordinarily not take. He added that countries affected by the pandemic would have good stories to share about it.

His words: “In Nigeria, I have seen one thing about the management of the COVID-19 which is also positive,” he said.

“We’ve seen the role played by the state governments, and some of the state governments are even looking post-COVID-19 era the economy of their people.

“And I have seen what could be described as the devolution of powers with the governors,” the former Nigerian leader opined.