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If Obi and Atiku proceed to appeal the judgments, the results will likely remain the same –Chekwas Okorie

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The founder of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Chief Chekwas Okorie, has expressed his lack of surprise following the decision of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal to dismiss the petitions filed by Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi challenging the victory of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

As per the Independent National Electoral Commission, Tinubu emerged victorious in the presidential election, defeating strong contenders such as Peter Obi of the Labour Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, and Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party.

Both the Labour Party’s Peter Obi and the Peoples Democratic Party’s Atiku Abubakar had contested the outcome of the election at the Presidential Election Tribunal in Abuja, and Nigerians have been eagerly awaiting the court’s judgment. It was anticipated that the verdict would be delivered on Wednesday.

In a statement made public and reported by The Punch Newspaper, Chekwas Okorie conveyed his lack of surprise regarding the tribunal’s decision. He mentioned that he had carefully reviewed the petitions filed by Atiku Abubakar of the PDP and Peter Obi of the Labour Party before the tribunal.

Okorie also asserted that: “if the petitioners – Atiku and Obi proceed to appeal the judgments, the results will remain the same”

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Nnamdi Kanu seeks negotiation with FG over trial

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– Nnamdi Kanu seeks negotiation with FG over ongoing trial
– Kanu’s lawyer moves two applications before the Federal High Court
– FG’s counsel says defendant should approach Attorney General for negotiation

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has expressed willingness to negotiate with the Federal Government over his ongoing trial.

Through his counsel, Alloy Ejimakor, Kanu informed the Federal High Court in Abuja of his intention to seek negotiation under Section 17 of the Federal High Court Act.

Ejimakor had earlier moved two applications before the court, including one objecting to the jurisdiction of the court. If the applications are denied, Kanu’s lawyer plans to invoke Section 17, which promotes reconciliation and amicable settlement among parties.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government’s counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, stated that the defendant should approach the Attorney General of the Federation for negotiation.

Justice Binta Nyako, the presiding judge, clarified that the court’s role is to hear cases, not to solicit negotiations. Kanu has been in DSS custody since June 2021, facing terrorism-related charges levelled against him by the government.

His lawyer’s latest move may signal a potential shift in the case’s trajectory.

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30,000 Students to Benefit from FG’s Interest-Free Loan Scheme

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– Over 30,000 students selected for federal government’s student loan scheme
– Scheme aims to support underprivileged students in pursuing higher education
– Loan is interest-free and does not require a “godfather”

The federal government’s student loan scheme has selected over 30,000 students to benefit from the initiative.

This was announced by Senate President Godswill Akpabio during a visit to the Nigeria Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies in Abuja.

Akpabio praised the student loan bill, signed into law by President Bola Tinubu, for enabling vulnerable Nigerian students to access higher education without financial burdens.

He expressed his personal admiration for the bill, stating it is one of the most important bills passed by the 10th National Assembly.

The Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) has assured the public that every eligible Nigerian student will benefit from the interest-free loan program.

Thee application process will be open, fair, and transparent, without requiring a “godfather,” according to Dr. Fred Femi Akinfala, NELFUND’s Executive Director of Finance and Administration.

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