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2019 General Election: Lawyers Commence Legal Action Against Kano APC Over Unpaid Legal Services

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Kano APC CHAIRMAN

 

By Abdulgafar Oladimeji. Kano.

A consortium of lawyers have commenced legal process against the All Progress Congress APC Kano state chapter to press for the payment of their appearances at the 2019 election petition tribunal cases.

The creditor lawyers through their counsel, Usman Umar far Esq in a missive addressed to the state APC chairman demanded for prompt payment of their professional fees for the services connected to the 2019 general elections.

The demand letter written to APC the debtor (obligor)with the theme “ DEMAND FOR PAYMENT OF PROFESSIONAL FEES .” (amount withheld ) stated that the unpaid fees is for professional services in the electoral cases involving the party.

Fari cautioned that failure to upset the professional fees owed the lawyers by the party will prompt the creditor legal practitioners(name witheld) to resort to further legal measures to claim their entitlements.

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The demand letter sent to the party outline the legal services offered to include “The first case is an appeal before the Court of Appeal emanating from the decision of the Kano State High Court delivered in our favour striking out the plaintiff’s case for been statute bared.
“We have been paid part of our fees for the High Court and we have forfeited the balance.

“The plaintiff however appealed to the Court of Appeal which also delivered judgment in our favour affirming the judgment of the High Court. We have earlier written a report to your good office on this case and demanded for our professional fees

“The second case is a further appeal by the plaintiff to the Supreme Court which was also struck out and in our favour thereby affirming the decisions of the two lower courts.

“The third case was filed before the Federal High Court, Kano and the fourth case is the appeal emanating there from which we all provided legal services but our fees has not been paid.

“As for the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th cases, the Honourable Chairman may recall that several Election Petitions were filed against the ruling party (APC) and candidates who contested and won under the platform of the party, in the 2019 general election – for the State House of Assembly. Consequently, counsel were engaged to represent the party (APC).

Our correspondent gathered that four demand notices have been written to the party ,an impeccable source informed Nigerian Herald that the lawyers that defended the state governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje at the 2019 Kano Governorship Election Petition Tribunal have been paid , especially those amongst them that were contracted from outside the state.

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Breaking:Emir of Dutse Nuhu Muhammad Sunusi Passes On

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Late Emir Of Dutse Nuhu Muhammad Sunusi

 

The Emir of Dutse  in Jigawa state North West Nigeria Alhaji Nuhu Muhammadu Sunusi is Dead.

In his verified Facebook handle a traditional title holder Santurakin Dutse  and PDP Gubernatorial Candidate of Jigawa state Mustafa Sule Lamido made the statement.

 

Another credible source from the Capital of Jigawa state told NIGERIAN TRACKER that Emir Nuhu Sunusi died today in Abuja but did not disclose the place where he died.

NIGERIAN TRACKER recalls that Alhaji Nuhu Muhammadu Sunusi was appointed Emir of Dutse by the military administration of Late Colonel Ibrahim Aliyu in 1995 after the passing away of his father Muhammadu Sunusi.

 

He reigned as the Emir for 28 years

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Naira Controversy: Emefiele Appears Before Reps. Committee

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Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) Godwin Emefiele on Tuesday appeared before the ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives on the cashless policy and deadline for the replacement of old currency notes.

Emefiele, who was supposed to appear before the Committee last week, failed to do stating he was out of the country with President Muhammadu Buhari.

The House threatenedto invoke the provisions of section 89(1)(d) of the Constitution by issuing a warrant of arrest today to compel him to appear.

The CBN Governor, who appeared with some of his assistants, went into a brief Executive session with members of the committee.

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Cashless system helps in tracking election financing — Osinbajo

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By Chijioke Okoronkwo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says a cashless policy, when effectively operated in Nigeria, can help stem the surge of illicit election financing by making it possible to track funds.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said the vice president received a delegation of the EU Election Observation Mission led by Mr Barry Andrews.

The EU Chief Observer is also a member of the European Parliament.

“I think that what we should be looking at is to provide more infrastructures.

“ The cashless thing has been really advantageous and helps with tracking.

“That sort of infrastructure is useful for more financial inclusion and the more financial inclusion you have, the easier it is to track.

“So much money can be spent without it being tracked under the current election financing practices in the country.’’

Osinbajo acknowledged the serious difficulty in controlling election financing because of cash transactions.

According to him, there are still infrastructure issues required to be in place to ensure an efficient cashless system in the country.

“With cash transactions, it is still difficult to seriously control election financing.’’

On electoral offences, the vice president said the Electoral Offences Commission Bill was at the National Assembly.

He said he hoped that it would begin a new regime of dealing with electoral offences which would be helpful.

“By and large, one shouldn’t expect INEC to be the investigator of electoral offences.

“I think that law enforcement agencies should be responsible for arresting and prosecuting offenders, state by state.

“Electoral offences are always seen through a political prism; people will always feel that they are being prosecuted because they belong to a certain party.

“What is more important is that we have to find a system where the police could have a special unit for offences during the course of elections.

“The Federal High Courts could also have a special jurisdiction to deal with offences and not extend beyond the Federal High Courts.”

On the role of the judicial system, Osinbajo said that more attention should be paid to the monitoring of tribunals and their outcomes, calling for more scrutiny from the National Judicial Council.

He disclosed that discussions had been had in the past concerning malfeasance on the part of some judges and those found guilty should be brought to the fore.

“There should be sanctions and that way, we would be able to clean up and correct some of the problems,’’ he said.

In his remarks, Andrews said that the mission would be monitoring the elections coming up next month and hope for a peaceful and fair electoral process.

According to him, it is the 7th time the INEC is inviting the EU Mission to monitor the elections, adding that the team had been in the country since Jan 11 and will be around until the end of March, 2023.

Other members of the delegation include Ms Samuela Isopi, Ambassador, EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS and Mr Thomas Boserup, Deputy Chief Observer, EU Election Observation Mission. (NAN)

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