Good day, and welcome to the Concise News roundup of the top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines for today Wednesday, January 15th, 2020.
President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded the Supreme Court for the ‘courage and perseverance’ to return Sen. Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the March 9, 2019 governorship election in Imo.The president made the commendation while reacting to Tuesday’s Supreme Court judgment that sacked Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as Governor of Imo State and declared Uzodinma winner.
Chairman of Afenifere Renewal Group, Olawale Oshun has described as rubbish the statement credited to Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami that a regional security outfit, Amotekun, is illegal. Oshun said Malami should also declare Hisbah Corps, (a religious police force responsible for the enforcement of Sharia) and Civilian Joint Task Force in the Northeast illegal.
The Federal Government has described the newly launched South-West security outfit codenamed ‘Amotekun‘ as illegal and unrecognisable under the law. The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), made this known in a statement on Tuesday signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Relations, Dr. Umar Gwandu.
Nigerians are shocked over the fulfilment of the prediction by charismatic Revd. Fr. Ejike Mbaka that Hope Uzodinma will rule Imo State. Concise News had reported that Mbaka made the prediction in his 2020 New Year message where he claimed the Supreme Court will declare Uzodinma winner of the 2019 Imo governorship election.
The Supreme Court has nullified the election of Governor Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and declared Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the validly elected Governor of Imo State. A seven-man panel of the apex court, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad, unanimously delivered the judgment on Monday.
The House of Representatives has ordered the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to suspend its planned electricity tariff increment. Concise News understands that the House of Representatives committee on Power gave the order on Tuesday through its Chairman Aliyu Magaji during a meeting with NERC and other stakeholders.
Nigeria’s former Head Of State General Yakubu Gowon has admitted that restructuring the West African nation is the only way to prevent another civil war, Concise News reports. Concise News learned that Gowon ruled Nigeria between 1966 and 1975 and spoke at a conference organised by Nzuko Umunna and Ndigbo Lagos, to mark 50 years of the end of the civil war in Nigeria with the theme, ‘Never Again: Nigerian Civil War: 50 Years After.’
The candidate of the Action Alliance in the 2019 Imo governorship election, Uche Nwosu, has withdrawn his appeal at the Supreme Court against the election of Governor Emeka Ihedioha. Nwosu, who is a son in law to former governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha announced his decision on Tuesday during a court hearing.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it is surprised at the judgment of the Supreme Court on the Imo state governorship election describing it as yet another very sad commentary on our nation’s democratic order. The Party in a statement released by its Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, says it finds it difficult to understand how Senator Hope Uzodinma/APC, who came 4th in the March 9, 2019 governorship election, with just 96,458 votes, will suddenly, by the token of the judgment of the Supreme Court, defeat Gov Emeka Ihedioha/PDP that scored 276,404 votes.
Hope Uzodinma has said that his “stolen” mandate has been recovered following Supreme Court judgment that annulled the election of Emeka Ihedioha and declared him the duly elected governor of Imo State. Uzodinma, who spoke through his spokesperson, Declan Emelumba, shortly after the apex court’s declaration, said that the court had demonstrated bravery.
That’s the roundup of the top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines this morning. More Nigerian newspapers headlines are available on Concise News website.