A political activist and former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied a statement credited to the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) accusing him of attacking the judiciary.
Frank, however, described his accuser (BMO) as a Yahoo Yahoo group the presidency is using to deceive Nigerians.
Reacting through a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, to a media reports credited to the BMO, Frank said his earlier statement only appealed to the judges not to be intimidated by the Buhari government, rather they should follow their conscience and give the right judgement.
The political activist insisted that he stands by his earlier statement, “the judges should remember that Nigerians and the international community is watching and we expect them to do the right thing so as to save Nigeria from further misrule”. They should give the right judgement and write their names in Gold,” he said.
While calling on the chairman of the Presidential Election Tribunal to fix a date for the judgement, Frank said “justice delay is justice denied. We are in the know that because of the harassment and intimidation by some APC elements, the tribunal has not been able to officially fix a date, this must stop because the presidential tribunal case has a time bound.”
Reacting to BMO’s reports calling for his arrest, Frank said: “If there is anybody to be arrested, it is the Yahoo Yahoo members of BMO for collecting free money and supporting illegality and corruption to the detriment of Nigeria and Nigerians.
“Ordinarily I would ignore their rantings but I have to answer a fool according to his folly otherwise he will think he is wise. We all know that BMO is another arm of the presidency spokesmen, whenever the presidency via the Garba Shehu and Femi Adesina are looking to intimidate Nigerians, they call on BMO to do their dirty job, classic case of ‘hand of Esaw, voice of Jacob.’
“BMO and the presidency spokesmen are one and the same.
From their statement, this yahoo yahoo group is obviously trying to influence the 5 judges, the judges should ignore them, this is not a political campaign but strictly a judicial issue.
“BMO is threatening the judges and will be willing to give them the Onnoghen treatment but the judges are men of integrity and above all patriots who will not be cowed by a yahoo yahoo group that supports corruption and intimidation of judges by the presidency so long as it favours Buhari.
“I also want to let Nigerians and the judges know that this yahoo yahoo government is planning to use the military, DSS, the police and other security agents to intimidate the judges by sending them to the tribunal so as to scare them and also to chase away PDP and Atiku’s supporters.
“Recently I spoke in favour of the APC that it will win the forth coming Bayelsa election, BMO didn’t call for my arrest but now that the truth does not favour APC, they are calling for my arrest, hypocrites.
“Finally I want to make clear to the yahoo yahoo group BMO that unlike them that speak for a yahoo yahoo President, I Comrade Timi Frank, a political activist, does not speak for Atiku Abubarkar or PDP, I speak for the voiceless Nigerians who are suffering and dying as a result of the misrule of BMO’s pay master.”
Comrade Timi Frank
A political activist
Tribunal Affirms Ihedioha’s Election As Imo Governor
The Imo State Election Tribunal has affirmed the election of Emeka Ihedioha as governor of the state.
The chairman of the tribunal, Justice Umar Dogondaji, in his ruling on Saturday, dismissed the petition of Senator Hope Uzodinma because he did not discharge the burden of proof of the allegation that his results were excluded from the final results of the election.
He also dismissed the petition of the All Progressives Grand Alliance and its governorship candidate Senator Ifeanyi Arareume for lacking in merit as well as that of the candidate of the Action Alliance Party, Mr. Uche Nwosu, for incompetence.
The witnesses were discredited under cross-examination.
They all confirmed that there was no signature of the presiding officers on the documents they tendered as the results of the election in the various units in the state.
The judgment was delivered at the FCT High Court in Jabi, Abuja after a briefing in Owerri, the Imo State capital, where it had received and entertained several petitions.
The governorship candidates of the Action Alliance, All Progressives Congress, (APC) and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), had filed petitions at the tribunal asking it to nullify the election of Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on the ground that he was unlawfully declared as the governor of the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
Ten Wedding Guests Died In Ekiti Road Crash
An accident involving wedding guest in Ekiti has occurred along Ado-Ikere road of the state which left many dead and several injured
At least 10 wedding guests have died in a motor accident on the Ikere-Ado Road in Ekiti State.
Several others also sustained injuries in the accident.
The accident involved an 18 seater bus with registration number Ekiti LG 05 MUE.
Eyewitnesses confirmed that the victims were returning from a wedding reception when the tragedy occured.
One witness, Abiodun, told Dammylink that the driver lost control of the vehicle’s wheel.
He said, “The vehicle was speeding and summasulted several times immediately the driver lost control of the wheel.
“I counted at least 10 bodies on the road before the arrival of officials of Federal Road Safety Corps.
Government Grants Amnesty To 13 Armed Bandits
Niger State Government has granted amnesty to 13 suspected armed bandits that were arrested by security operatives along Kontonkoro axis in Magama Local Government Area of the state.
Gov. Abubakar Bello disclosed this while delivering a keynote address at the 2nd General Abdulsalami Abubakar Foundation Annual Peace Lecture on Saturday in Minna.
He said the bandits were released based on the dialogue and peace deal as well as agreement reached by the government and the bandits from the area in August.
The governor said the peace accord reached had led to a gradual reduction in activities of armed bandits
and kidnappings in the area.
“After hearing them on why they decided to engage themselves in such activities, we had to go into a peace agreement with them in the interest of peace and for them to help us with useful information to tackle spate of insecurity in the state,” he said.
The governor noted that they have been cooperating and helping security agencies with useful information on how to identify unrepentant bandits who were still terrorising the state.
He said the repentant suspects have been engaged into various trade and skill acquisition programmes, adding that the same approach would be applied with bandits in Pandogari, Allawa and Erena areas of the state, NAN reports.
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