APC Will Rule Nigeria Beyond 2019- Guru Maharaj ji

Satguru Maharaj ji, the Founder of the One Love Family, says the APC will rule Nigeria beyond 2019 in spite of the acrimony in the party.

The sect leader said this in Ibadan on Friday at a press conference to mark the 36th anniversary of the group.

He said what the ruling APC needed to do was to ensure that those who defected from the PDP to the party were monitored to ensure that they do not tarnish the good intention of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Maharaj ji also said the defection of some PDP members to APC was to escape prosecution for offences with which they had been charged.

The sect leader said Nigeria was in need of leaders like Mr. Buhari in order to create a new country to be proud of.

He further urged the APC to work for the suspension of any minister or lawmaker under probe for acts of corruption until cleared.

“If this is complied with, APC will stand by the name of Maharaj ji.

“I will make sure I support the party so that Nigeria would be free to enjoy the dividends of democracy.

“Those that steal Nigeria’s money cannot escape; they would be fished out and forced to return every kobo they have stolen.

“I recommend to the Federal Government to give one per cent of any loot recovered to any Nigerian who is able to offer fruitful information on such hidden money.

“This would assist in the speedy recovery of stolen money and create a new image for Nigeria to the outside world.

“Presently, the whole world looks at Nigeria as a country that encourages corruption,’’ Maharaj ji said.

Reacting to Donald Trump’s victory as U.S President , the sect leader said the new administration would bring greater benefits to Africa and the global community.

According to him, Mr. Trump is a wise man judging from his plans to tackle illegal migration and terrorism.

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Appeal Court Declines To Rule On PDP Crisis

A ruling of the Court of Appeal expected to be delivered on Tuesday afternoon has been suspended.

Court officials told journalists at the court premises that the ruling was suspended following a petition against the judges accusing them of bias.

No new date has been fixed for the ruling.

Two factions of the party led by former Kaduna State governor, Ahmed Makarfi, and former Borno State governor, Ali Sheriff, have for months battled in court over the leadership of the PDP.

As part of that battle, the faction led by Mr. Makarfi had approached the Appeal Court to seek nullification of previous decisions by a Federal High Court presided over by Okon Abang which has affected that faction’s candidate for the November 26 election in Ondo state.

Mr. Abang had on October14 given an order in furtherance of his June 29 decision where he had asked the Independent National Electoral commission, INEC, to recognise the faction led by Mr. Sheriff.

In his October 14 ruling, Mr. Abang nullified the listing by INEC of the candidate of Mr. Makarfi’s faction, Eyitayo Jegede, for the Ondo state governorship election.

The judge said the decision was premised on his June 29 judgement where his court declared as null and void the proceedings of the PDP convention which appointed a caretaker committee with Mr. Makarfi as chairman.

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ECOWAS Court To Rule On Dasuki’s Case Against Nigerian Govt

The West African regional court is to deliver judgment on a suit filed by a former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, against the Nigeria government.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court of Justice will rule on Mr. Dasuki’s petition that his rights had been violated by the Nigerian government.

Mr. Dasuki has been held by the government since December 2015, despite being granted bail by three courts.

Mr. Dasuki asked the ECOWAS Court to award him N500 million in damages for the alleged violation of his fundamental human rights.

Justice Friday Nwoke postponed the judgement originally scheduled for June 29 as judges went on vacation.

Proceedings in the case ended with the conclusion of oral evidence by two officials of the State Security Service, SSS.

Lawyers who represented the federal government, Williams Obiora and Alu Agbi, told the court that Mr. Dasuki was detained for his own protection.

Mr. Agbe said Mr. Dasuki’s release from detention would constitute a threat to national security.

They told the Court that considering that national security superseded individual security, the law permitted the SSS to restrict the movement of any citizen when his life was in danger.

They also argued that Mr. Dasuki was illegally in possession of firearms.

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Arms Scam: Court To Rule On Metuh’s No-Case-Submission On March 9

he Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday reserved ruling till March 9 on a no-case-submission filed by Olisa Metuh, the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Mr. Metuh filed a no-case-submission in the alleged Money Laundering charges brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The judge, Okon Abang, reserved the date after counsel to the parties adopted their written addresses.

Mr. Abang said that the court’s mandate to either give ruling or deliver judgment on the motion would depend on the merit of the submissions.

“In the circumstance, the court can only rule if the motion fails and if the motion succeeds the court can only deliver judgment,’’ He said.

He said if the motion failed, the defendants would open their cases. Defendants would be acquitted if the case succeeded, however, he advised.

He adjourned till March 9.

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Zimbabwe’s First Lady To Get Wheelchair For Mugabe To Continue Governing

Zimbabwe’s first lady says she plans to get a “special” wheelchair for her 91-year-old husband so can continue to rule.

Speaking at a political rally on Saturday, Grace Mugabe told supporters that she would get a wheelchair for her husband, President Robert Mugabe, to use.

In the televised speech, Mugabe, 50, vowed to push the wheelchair herself, taking a swipe at critics who say her husband is too old to govern.

Mugabe told supporters she would ensure her husband remains in power as long as he can still speak.

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Court To Rule On Dasuki’s Travel Request Tomorrow

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Monday set Tuesday, November 3, 2015, for ruling on an application for the release of the international passport of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, to enable him travel abroad for medical treatment.

Mr. Dasuki is standing trial on a five-count charge bordering on illegal possession of firearms and possession of amounts of local and foreign currency in his residence contrary to Money Laundering Act.

The former NSA was first charged on Monday August 24, 2015 on a one-count charge of illegal possession of firearms, before the government added fresh charge of money laundering.

He was immediately granted bail on self recognition while the trial judge, Adeniyi Ademola, ordered the Department of State Security Services to submit Mr. Dasuki’s passport, which it had seized, to the court registrar.

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APC Will Wait Till Eternity To Rule Bayelsa- Gov Dickson

The governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has dismissed the plot by the All Progressives Congress to win the 2016 governorship election in the state, saying the party will wait till eternity to actualize its dream.

He also said he inherited a whopping debt of N332.2 billion when he assumed office in 2012 and rejected the claim by the opposition party that the state has nothing to show for the federal allocations to it.

This is contained in a statement on Monday by the governor’s media aide, Daniel Iworiso-Markson.

The National Chairman of the APC, John Oyegun, lambasted the state government for poor performance, saying it could not account for the huge allocation from the federal government.

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How I Plan To Govern, Buhari Unveils Masterplan To Young Nigerians

An NGO which believes in empowering disenfranchised Nigerians and financially supporting youth growth and development took time out to speak to the General before the general elections on youth empowerment, insurgency, security and more. Malama Hafsatu Shinkafi, founder of I am change got a rare one on one with the General and this is what he had to say:

· My leadership and government of the APC will not be left to a few, it will be inclusive.

· We will improve on agriculture and mining as this will help combat unemployment.

· We will develop a system of education that employs only qualified teachers.

· We will improve and increase support for entrepreneurs through foundation institutions and soft loans so they too can employ others.

· In the area of health, child labour we will introduce think tanks at all levels to swiftly address the challenging issues.

· As for security in the Nation, all security forces will be strengthened and quickly improved.

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