Election tribunals: Pressure mounts on US, EU for review of past judgments


From Iheanacho Nwosu,Abuja

Coming on the heels of allegation of bribery in the Judiciary, Congress of the United States of America and the European Community (EU) are now under pressure to prevail on the Federal Government to order a review of some past judgments by election petitions tribunals and courts.
A source told Daily Sun that some Nigerians in the US and Canada are mounting pressure on the Congress resolve and ask the Nigerian government to look at judgments from election cases, following allegations of bribery against some judges.
Daily Sun gathered that the groups have already petitioned some committees of the Congress on the need to use a window created by the investigation of allegations of corruption in the Judiciary to cause a review of the cases.
The groups reportedly secured support of two powerful committees in the Congress for the review.
According to the source, lobbyists have also reached out to the US Under Secretary for African Affairs with signed petitions, pressing for an inquest into past judicial decisions, especially those affecting election petitions.
Though it was not disclosed how the US Under Secretary for African Affairs and the Congress committees intend to approach the matter, sources said the petitions have been received with firm promises that they would be acted upon.
It was also gathered that a network of Nigerians in the Diaspora, lobbying for massive purge of the Judiciary also extends to Brussels, in Belgium, where a petition was also handed  to the EU.
A source in Canada said: “There is a growing lobby by Nigerians in Diaspora, mostly from America and Canada, who are working to make sure that the ongoing investigation of corruption in the Judiciary leads to a review of past judgements.
“They want past cases, especially those which had to do with election petitions and how people got elected into offices, reviewed.
“The reason for flooding the US Congress and EU with petitions is because we want a review of fraudulent judgements by our election petitions tribunals and appeal court.
“Nigerians have seen several instances where results of elections that were clearly rigged by politicians were upheld by tribunals and appeal court.
“We thank God this government has summoned courage to look at happenings in the judiciary.
“We want it to be total; we want a review of judgements by tribunals in different states and rulings by appeal courts.
“Such steps have been taken by several countries; it will not be a strange move if it is done in Nigeria.
“If our Judiciary is sanitised, our country will begin to witness development on all fronts.”
Speaking in a telephone chat from North America, another source, who confirmed that the lobbying groups have sent the petition to the EU, said positive responses were gotten.
This development may gladden the heart of  President Muhammadu Buhari, who had, in the past, explained frustration with the Judiciary, especially as it involved his election petitions in the courts in the past.

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Breaking:NYSC loses corp member to gunmen in Kaduna.


The National Youth Service Corpse has commiserated with the family of a corps member, Lawal Auwal Kontagora, who was murdered by a group of unknown gunmen in Kaduna State. The deceased, and his unnamed friend had reportedly gone to visit a female friend at the Malali area of the state, weekend before he was killed. Reports have it that the trio was seated in a Peugeot 407 when the hoodlums approached them and asked them to open the door. Upon their compliance, they were asked to alight and go on their knees. The assailants then demanded for their mobile phones

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Osaze Odemwingie joins Rotherham United


Former Nigerian international Osaze Odemwingie has joined English Football League side Rotherham United on a deal until January. However, the deal is subject to FA and EFL ratification. Odemwingie, who was a free agent, becomes new boss Kenny Jackett’s first signing after he penned a deal Monday evening at AESSEAL New York Stadium. The striker has had playing spells in the […]

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Iheanacho loses Golden Boy award to Sanchez


Kelechi Ihenacho  and Leroy Sane missed out on the chance to be named the 2016 Golden Boy.

The Manchester City pair were in the running to be named the best footballer on the continent under 21, having been included on the 40-man shortlist  l ast month  .

But they did not make the podium in the final reckoning for the prize, established by Italian newspaper Tuttosport and voted for by journalists from 30 major newspapers across Europe.


Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches beat United’s Marcus Rashford to the title, with his teammate in Germany Kingsley Coman in third place. Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donarumma also featured in the top ten.

Despite opting to bring in Ilkay Gundogan to the club this summer instead of pursuing Sanches, Pep Guardiola rates the Bayern Munich star highly.

“He is one of the best young players in Europe,” he said back in April as his Bayern side came up against Benfica in the Champions League.

“It is not easy for anyone, at the age of 18, to be playing at the highest level. He has a great future ahead.




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Reuben Abati: EFCC arrests Ex-President's aide


Dr Reuben Abati

Reuben Abati has been arrested by EFCC operatives. This is a developing story

Reuben Abati, who served former President Goodluck Jonathan as Special Adviser on media and publicity, has been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Operatives of the EFCC just relayed this bit of news to Pulse.

No reason has been offered yet for the arrest.

Pulse will fill you in on the details as the story develops.

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Online lending platform, PayConnect will represent Nigeria at the 2016 Slush Global Impact Accelerator




PayConnect has been selected to represent Nigeria at the 2016 Slush Global Impact Accelerator (GIA) Program holding from November 22 to December 2, 2016, in Helsinki, Finland.

Slush Global Impact Accelerator is a program created in collaboration with the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and multiple partners globally. The program aims to support startups that are looking to solve some of the most pressing global challenges and includes online pre-event coaching and Helsinki boot camp program.

The local selection event in Nigeria was organised in August by Ventures Platform where PayConnect, CashMadam and Mobile Forms emerged as finalists. PayConnect was then selected by Slush GIA as the best of the three.

PayConnect is an online lending platform that lets salary earners receive loans within 24 hours without collateral. Applicants receive the loans in their salary accounts after approval and are expected to repay the loan within the stipulated time. PayConnect aims to address the obstacles to receiving loans for low to medium salary earners.

It’s a great time to be PayConnect. Just last month, they were accepted into Ventures Platform’s hybrid incubation program and now they are going to Finland.

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BUA Group’s Chair bags Business Leaders Industrialist of the Year Awards


Billionaire industrialist and Executive Chairman of BUA Group, Abdulsamad Rabiu, has emerged winner of the 2016 West African Industrialist of the Year at the prestigious All Africa Business Leaders Award (AABLA) held in Lagos recently. Rabiu was recognized as Industrialist Leader of the Year – West Africa at a regional ceremony for his enormous and consistent contributions to the growth of the Nigerian/West African economy as it aims at spreading across other African countries. CNBC Africa has pioneered All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) since 2011to salute and recognise bold leaders and change-makers of business in East, West and Southern

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PDP bitter over Ameachi’s role in Jonathan’s defeat – APC


The Rivers chapter of the All progressives Congress says the call by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Minister of transport, Rotimi Amaechi to resign is mischievous, The Punch reports. State Chairman of the APC, Dr. Davies Ikanya, speaking through his Senior Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Chief Chukwuemeka Eze on Monday said the PDP […]

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Readers respond to the defeat for independence


We have written extensively on Scotland over the past few months, most recently in our leader previewing the vote on independence and Bagehot’s analysis of how the campaign to split from the United Kingdom got to where it did. Our readers around the world have been fully engaged in the debate. Here is a small selection of the letters that came in after the vote on September 18th: 

SIR – Alex Salmond was right to resign. He has thrown away the chance of independence for Scotland for a generation by pursuing a strategy that offered his countrymen the chance to vote for a national disaster. If he had first negotiated with the United Kingdom government, the European Union and others to agree on such matters as the currency to be used, the share of the UK national debt that Scotland would take on and a route to EU membership, the voters…Continue reading

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Venezuelan assembly declares 'coup' by Maduro govt


Supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro force their way to the National Assembly during an extraordinary session called by opposition leaders, in Caracas on October 23, 2016.  The opposition Democratic Unity Movement (MUD) called a Parliamentary session to debate putting President Nicolas Maduro on trial to "restore democracy" in an emergency session that descended into chaos as supporters of the leftist leader briefly seized the chamber. / AFP PHOTO / FEDERICO PARRA

Supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro force their way to the National Assembly during an extraordinary session called by opposition leaders, in Caracas on October 23, 2016.
The opposition Democratic Unity Movement (MUD) called a Parliamentary session to debate putting President Nicolas Maduro on trial to “restore democracy” in an emergency session that descended into chaos as supporters of the leftist leader briefly seized the chamber. / AFP PHOTO / FEDERICO PARRA

Venezuela’s opposition-majority legislature declared Sunday that President Nicolas Maduro’s government had committed a coup d’etat by blocking a referendum on removing him from power, vowing mass protests and international pressure.

Furious over the electoral authorities’ decision to suspend the process of organizing a recall vote, opposition lawmakers passed a resolution declaring “the breakdown of constitutional order” and “a coup d’etat committed by the Nicolas Maduro regime.”

The measure came during an emergency session on the economic and political crisis gripping the South American oil giant, which briefly descended into chaos when a group of Maduro supporters forced its way past security guards and burst into the National Assembly, causing lawmakers to halt the proceedings for 45 minutes.

The legislators then called on Venezuelans to “actively defend” the constitution, declaring they would ask the international community to “activate mechanisms” to restore democracy.

“An ongoing coup d’etat has been perpetrated in Venezuela, culminating in the decision to rob us of a recall referendum. We’re here to officially declare the regrettable and painful rupture of constitutional order,” said majority leader Julio Borges of the center-right opposition coalition, the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD).

On Tuesday, the assembly will “lay the groundwork for a session that would include a legal and political trial of the president… to determine what his role is in the interruption of constitutional order,” Borges warned.

Pro-Maduro lawmakers accused the opposition itself of seeking to stage a coup.

“Don’t try to take advantage of these hard times to finish off our nation,” deputy Earle Herrera said.

– Dual national? –
Despite its harsh words, the legislature’s resolution is largely symbolic.

The Supreme Court has declared the legislative majority in contempt of court for defying it by swearing in three lawmakers at the center of an electoral fraud investigation.

The opposition, which says the accusations are trumped up, condemns the high court as a Maduro lapdog.

The court has slapped down every bill passed by the legislature since the opposition took control in January.

Lawmakers nevertheless said they were going to address the issue of Maduro’s purported dual nationality — Colombian and Venezuelan — in the session on Tuesday. If confirmed, it would make him constitutionally ineligible to be president.

Ruling party bloc leader Hector Rodriguez said that Maduro sent a message from the Middle East, where he is on an official tour: “Tell them that I send my greeting, send a hug and that I will see them at the table to have a dialogue.”

– New low –
Venezuela’s crisis hit a new low Thursday when the National Electoral Council (CNE) indefinitely suspended the recall referendum process after criminal courts in five states ruled the opposition had committed fraud in an initial petition drive.

Holding a recall referendum — a right guaranteed under Venezuela’s constitution — was the opposition’s main strategy to get rid of the man they accuse of driving the once-booming country to the brink of collapse.

The opposition had been gearing up for the last hurdle in the complex process: a three-day drive starting Wednesday to collect signatures from four million voters demanding a recall vote.

Now that the authorities have stymied that bid, furious opposition leaders have promised the start of a new wave of nationwide protests on Wednesday.

– Maduro touring Middle East –
Political analysts have warned of a risk of violent unrest in this country of 30 million people.

Hit by the fall of global oil prices, the economy has crashed. Food shortages have prompted riots and looting in recent months.

Rioting at anti-government protests in 2014 left 43 people dead.

But the divided opposition has struggled to mobilize sustained, large-scale protests since then.

Maduro, the political heir to late president Hugo Chavez (1999-2013), derides his opponents as elitists and calls the economic crisis a capitalist conspiracy.

He accuses the “fascist right” and the United States of plotting to overthrow him.

In recession since the beginning of 2014, Venezuela’s economy is facing a contraction of 10 percent this year and inflation of 475 percent, with the International Monetary Fund predicting a rise to 1,660 percent next year.

The latest twist in the crisis comes as Maduro is on a trip abroad, touring Middle Eastern countries to push his plan for major oil producers to slash output.

Venezuela desperately needs oil prices to rise to reverse its economic crash.

Public support for Maduro has crumbled amid the crisis.

A recent poll found more than 75 percent of Venezuelans disapprove of the socialist leader.

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