EXCLUSIVE: APC In Clandestine Moves To Compromise Judges Handling Pre-Election Disputes

Discreet investigations by SaharaReporters have revealed top-level clandestine moves to compromise the judicial arm of the government with respect to the multitude of pre-election matters arising from the turbulent primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the various stages of the federation. 

Disillusioned with President Muhammadu Buhari’s democratic stance of insisting on the rights of the aggrieved aspirants to turn to the law courts, the leadership of APC, under a well-scripted arrangement to bribe the judicial officers handling the cases, has recruited the services of some notable retired judges and the current Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdu Kafarati, to prevail on the various judges of the Federal High Court to dismiss the pre-election cases pending against the party.

While it is glaring that in most states of the Federation, the APC did not conduct free and fair primaries — anointed candidates of the party leaders were merely imposed — and having seen the judicial handwriting on the wall as shown in Zamfara, Rivers and, lately, Kwara states, the leadership of the party under the financial muscle of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has deployed all resources to compromise the outcomes of the remaining cases yet to be decided.

A disturbing reference is the decision of Justice B M Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja, of December 21 in Suit No. FHC/ ABJ/CS/1167/2018 – Atinuke Balogun v. APC & INEC in which the judge delivered a most intriguing judgment striking out a case due to non-joinder of necessary parties and commencement of the suit by way of originating summons when facts were in dispute. 

Rather than directing the plaintiff to file a Writ of Summons and join necessary parties, the judge struck out the suit knowing full well that by the Fourth Alteration to the Constitution, the plaintiff could no longer re-commence the action as it would be statute-barred. The judge must equally have been aware that by the time the matter travels to the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, the 180 days allotted for the determination of every pre-election matter by the Fourth Alteration to the Constitution would have expired and no court can grant an extension of time in such a case as judicial precedents have shown in cases such as Steve Ugba v. Gabriel Suswam in 2012. 

The fate of the plaintiff, in that case, is sealed by the judicial misdemeanour of Justice Nyako, who is the wife of Murtala Nyako, the former Governor of Adamawa State and a best friend of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. It is on record that while the election petition of the then Action Congress of Nigeria (CAN) was being prosecuted against Nyako in 2012, Tinubu played a dirty anti-party role in securing judgment for Nyako to spite Boni Haruna and others who disagreed with his choice of politics in the party. It is obvious that by the recent decision of the court, it is payback time from the Nyakos to the Tinubus.

Right now, huge cash is in circulation at the Federal High Court for the purchase of the consciences of the men in black robes. What happens to the fates of the cheated aspirants of APC would be seen very soon as the conscience of the judiciary seems to have been purchased.

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‘MC Oluomo’ Stabbed, Dozens Injured As Lagos APC Rally Turns Violent

The campaign rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that was held at Skypower Ground Ikeja, Lagos, ended on a bloody note as thugs stormed the campaign ground with guns, shooting into the air.

Party supporters scampered for safety as thugs, suspected to be members of National Union Road Transport Workers (NURTW), gained entry into the campaign ground.

Several people sustained injuries, just as journalists were not spared in the melee.

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A video by Ovation TV showed hoodlums disrupting the venue as people ran for safety. All this while, Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State, was heard giving his speech.

MC Oluomo, a strong member of NURTW and supporter of the party, was also said to have been stabbed.

Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos APC governorship candidate, and other high-profile politicians affiliated to APC were escorted out of the venue.

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NLC, CSOs Hit The Streets Of Ikeja To Demand N30,000 Minimum Wage

Sequel to the adjournment of the meeting with the Nigerian government on Friday January 4, 2019, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and other civil society organisations have held a series of protests to press home their demand for the implementation of the agreed N30,000 minimum wage.

At the Lagos version of the protest on Tuesday, the labour unions and the CSOs maintained that non-implementation of the new minimum wage could lead to an indefinite strike action in the country.

Speaking on why they embarked on the strike, Comrade Adedoyin Adesina, Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Lagos State, said: “The reason for the protest is not far-fetched, as there was an initial agreement to pay the N30,000 minimum wage, but there has been failure to transmit the agreement to the National Assembly to legislate it into law. On the other hand, there have been complaints from some state governors that they cannot afford the N30,000 minimum wage”.

He added that the wage should be shared responsibilities and government should “cut down on flagrant spending” for the welfare of the workers.

Speaking on the need for the protest, Comrade Tokunbo Korodo, Chairman of the United Labour Congress (Lagos State chapter), urged President Muhammadu Buhari to send the bill to the Senate for implementation.

He, however, stressed that state chapter of labour unions would ensure that each state governor complies with the minimum wage through several civil actions.

On his part, the Lagos NLC Chairman, Comrade Idowu Adelakun, also affirmed that workers would further embark on indefinite strike if the Nigerian government do not implement the new minimum wage.

After over five hours of protest, the labour group submitted a letter to the state government stating reason the new wage should be implemented.

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BREAKING: Arrested Daily Trust Editor Released By The Army


Uthman Abubakar. the Maiduguri Bureau Chief of Daily Trust newspaper, has been released by the military authorities.

He was arrested on Sunday, when officers of the Nigerian Army conducted a series of raids on some Daily Trust offices across the nation.

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Editor-in-Chief of Daily Trust, Mannir Dan-Ali, announced the release shortly after speaking to the editor, who was brought back to the Maiduguri office by an unnamed Major who handed him over to a security officer at the office.

The released editor maintains that he was courteously treated, but said his mobile phones and laptop are still with the military.

According to Abubakar, the Army told him that they need time to finish the forensic checks they are carrying out on the equipment.

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Lionheart

Genny And The Lion: A Netflix Story By Oluwatunmise Kareem


It was always sure to come to this, this generation has gone against 100-year-old conventions and she is still going to do it again. We still don’t quite understand the effect of a time when information is so easy to transmit; when media is so easy to access and the channels they are aplenty.

Have you heard? Aunt Genny’s movie premiered on Netflix; a whole Genevieve Nnaji. I was already thinking about the N2,000 I’d have to pay to watch it at the cinema, or if we’d be showing it in school and just like that, I saw it on my Instagram, that it’s available on Netflix. Whattt!!?

I sharparly buzzed my people in the abroad, got password, logged in and I watched. On an 11dollars per month subscription, six of us watched ‘Lionheart’, the week it came out. LIONHEART!!! She now came the following week to say it’s available in cinemas. You say wah? Apparently, major distributor didn’t want to collect it, but as per Aunt Genny naa, we can’t be mad at her for 24 hours.

It was surreal, but it didn’t seem right. 2018 was the year four out of the top six grossing Nollywood movies of all time were released. Nigerians spent 600m in December at the cinemas. ‘Chief Daddy’ grossed 250m in 20 days. It has begun. The cinema culture is in full effect and the millions have started rolling in for the ‘Kings of Boys’ and the ‘Merry Men’. Even ‘The Vendors’ are having a field day. And then a whole Queen Genny came out of the bottle with a lion’s heart and it was so easy to watch. Kai, it’s not right. This could start a plague that could damage Woods.

True, we don’t know the numbers involved in the deal with Netflix, and it’s a global market of unprecedented audience, but I’m pretty sure for the company to stay profitable maintaining such a humongous library on 11dollars per month subscriptions, the numbers can probably not organise one ‘Wedding Party’, talk less of 2.

What many may not realise is that this is a global war something, low key. Last year, at the Cannes, the cool kids of Hollywood and other film industries didn’t want to have lunch with Netflix; they vehemently kicked against its films getting into the festival. Same thing with the Oscars. They feel threatened by the new kid trying to run their friends (the cinemas) out of business. 

The movie industry as a whole EARNED 36.4billion dollars in 2018, thanks to the cinemas who make sure the movies are not available elsewhere at least for 90 days. Netflix alone is valued at about $138 billion, about $500million more than Disney, but it earned $178m in 2018, while Disney earned $54.73billion.

Tech companies like Netflix have these outrageous valuations because of the potential of their distribution channel, the Internet. Plot twist, Disney is launching its own streaming platform in 2019. We die here. Meaning, they’ll no longer supply Netflix movies. AT&T is moving into the space too, Amazon is already in the ring. This kind of moves are the reasons why 2019 is going to be a defining moment in the movie and movie distribution industry. It’s not like we don’t love Netflix and Co., but they have their own place in this chain. Three months after the cinemas, it’s obvious how they are trying to hasten a reduction of this window.

Aunt Genny already picked a side in 2018. She went with Netflix, a potential 200m gone from the cinemas’ pockets.

God forbid that Kemi Adetiba’s next one would premiere on Amazon Prime or something. She should kuku kill us first. Mo Abudu? she’s with Sony, no shaking. Kunle Afolayan is a gentleman, he’ll not deny us our popcorn. AY please be carevul, taink you.

The point is, yeah it’s cool to Netflix and chill, but not to movies like ‘Lionheart’. These kind of movies should come out in 2018 and some people should be looking for it till December 2020, all while it’s getting sold out at cinemas and movie fests worldwide. This is the beauty of the whole industry.

The movie is a total heartwarmer BTW, make sure you watch it………. at the cinemas :).

Oluwatunmise Kareem is CEO, Openhouse Media Africa/Openhouse Cinemas

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