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Presidential Election Tribunal Ruling: Opposition Parties Approaching Supreme Court Unnecessary — Kogi Gov



Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, has applauded the Pres­idential Election Petitions Tri­bunal ruling which affirmed the election of President Bola Tinubu and his vice, Kashim Shettima, advising the opposi­tion parties that it would not be necessary to approach a high­er court, but accept the appeal court’s ruling in good faith.

Still basking in the eupho­ria of Wednesday’s All Pro­gressives Congress (APC) vic­tory at the Court of Appeal, while fielding questions from newsmen after he emerged from the office of Vice Pres­ident Kashim Shettima at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Governor Bello asked the ag­grieved opposition parties to, rather, deploy the resources at their disposal to other more meaningful ventures.

“As far as I’m concerned, I don’t think there is any ground for appeal. I will rath­er appeal to them that they should drop any appeal going to the higher court and then save the resources, save the trouble; advise their support­ers, admonish them that they should accept yesterday’s judgment. No flaw.”

The governor equally ap­pealed to the opposition to join hands to support the efforts by the President Bola Tinubu-led administration towards ame­liorating the hardship being faced by the citizens.

He said, “I advise all those that feel aggrieved, we have only one country, Nigeria, they should all come togeth­er and support President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and ensure that we fix this country. What­ever hardship we are facing today is the effects of the past.

“Definitely, we have Mr. Fix It, who is trying his best traveling around the world to ensure that Nigeria is fixed. So we are happy the matter is settled.”

Continuing, the Kogi State governor in an elated voice said: “Nothing is as success­ful as success. We are happy; Nigerians are happy and the truth is out there. We appreci­ate all that happened yester­day (Wednesday). The truth has been exposed.

“Imagine the Justices sit­ting down for almost fourteen hours to deliver that land­mark judgment yesterday. Nigerians within the country and in the diaspora are happy and I think it’s time to settle down and face governance.”

On the outcome of the Kogi State tribunal decision which nullified the election of two All Progressives Congress (APC) senators, and gave vic­tory to the opposition PDP candidates, Governor Bello, while suing for calm, quipped: “But I want to assure you that even judging from the pro­nouncements yesterday at the appeal court, we are going to have our 3/3 Senate in Kogi State, I can assure you,” the governor said without being categorical.

“This is democracy and they have right of appeal. I think they will take the ap­propriate steps to ensure that no violence is orchestrated anywhere. We will follow the due process of the law and whatever will be the outcome at the end of the day, we will abide by it,” he said.

Recall that the Kogi State Election Tribunal had de­clared Natasha Akpoti-Udu­aghan of the Peoples Dem­ocratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the February 25 Senatorial election in the Kogi Central Senatorial District.

The three-member panel of judges, led by K. A. Orjia­ko, at the Kogi State Election Petition Tribunal unanimous­ly declared her winner of the election after nullifying the victory of the APC candidate, Abubakar Sadiku-Ohere.

The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sit­ting in Lokoja, Kogi State, also sacked the Chairman, Senate Committee on Customs and Excise, Jibrin Isah (APC, Kogi East), on the ground that elec­tions were cancelled in 94 poll­ing units.

Consequently, it ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a supplementary election in the 94 polling units

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Fulham 0-2 Chelsea: Mudryk, Broja strike to earn Blues their second league win of the season



Chelsea bagged two first-half goals to seal a crucial win over West London rivals Fulham at Craven Cottage and move up to 11th on the Premier League table.

The Blues flew out of the blocks as they debuted their new Infinite Athlete kit and created the first chance of the match after only 80 seconds, but Armando Broja could not capitalise.

Chelsea looked bright with Enzo Fernandez conducting affairs, and they picked the Cottagers apart.

Mykhailo Mudryk was looking electric and dangerous. The Ukrainian winger opened the scoring on 18 as he controlled a pass from Levi Colwill before slotting the ball beyond Bernd Leno.

It was Mudryk’s first Premier League goal following his £88 million move from Shakhtar Donetsk in January. And within seconds, Chelsea had their second.

Tim Ream had a moment to forget as he gave the ball away to Cole Palmer. The young English playmaker then slipped Broja in, but Ream hit the ball off the Albanian striker as the ball trickled past Leno.

Fulham tried to find gaps behind Marc Cucurella and Axel Disasi on the right side of Chelsea’s defence, but it was not working. Chelsea controlled the game and held their two-goal going into the break.

In the second 45, Fulham came out with more attacking poise, and it helped that Mudryk went off with a knock, giving Fulham the impetus to come forward, but Chelsea’s defence stood resolute.

Vinicius and Alex Iwobi came on for Fulham and helped their side find spaces beyond Chelsea’s backline, but the Boys in Blue defended well and showed they were still dangerous.

Ian Maatsen, on for Mudryk, hit the post, and Leno had to be quick to smother Fernandez’s rebound effort. Fulham forced Chelsea to work for their lead, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men looked up to it.

Substitute Tom Cairney created a lovely chance for Sasa Lukic. However, Robert Sanchez stuck out a brilliant leg to save the effort and keep his side in it.

On 83, Willian tried an effort from outside the box, but it did not cause any problems for Sanchez as Chelsea ran out 2-0 victors

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Tribunal verdict: Governor rejects judgement, calls for calm



Nasarawa State Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule has rejected Monday’s judgment of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal delivered in Lafia.

While speaking to teeming supporters of the APC at the Government House, Lafia, Governor Sule says the judgement will be challenged at the appeal court.

He however call on the people of the state to remain calm and law abiding.

Engr. Sule promised to continue discharging his duties as the Executive Governor with more vigor.

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Man Utd winger Anthony in contention for Galatasaray UEFA champions league clash



Erik ten Hag has confirmed that Antony could feature for Manchester United against Galatasaray after rejoining his ranks at Old Trafford.

The Brazil international forward was granted indefinite leave by the Red Devils following a series of alarming allegations made against him by former girlfriend Gabriela Cavallin.

Antony has been back in his homeland since then, allowing him to meet with police forces in Sao Paulo.

He returned to England last week and has held five hours of talks with Greater Manchester Police.

The 23-year-old winger maintains his innocence – having also faced accusations from two other women.

United have allowed him to focus on off-field matters of late, but revealed ahead of a Premier League meeting with Crystal Palace that Antony had been given a green light to return to training and was once again available for selection.

He has only taken in one session since then, suggesting that he will be short on match fitness, but Ten Hag says the South American is in his thoughts ahead of the Champions League group stage meeting with Galatasaray on Tuesday.

The Dutch coach has said: “Antony will be in consideration but yesterday was his first time back in team training. We have a final training, then we’ll make a decision.”

Ten Hag added when delivering an update on Lisandro Martinez – with the World Cup-winning Argentine defender still struggling with a long-standing foot injury: “I can confirm, yeah. Licha Martinez will undergo surgery and the team news is Antony can probably return.”

Antony’s last appearance for United came in the club’s 3-1 defeat at Arsenal on September 3.

He was removed from the Brazil squad for the last round of international fixtures and has not registered a goal for club or country since April 16.

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