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Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi, who lost at the last Lagos East Senatorial elections, to the All Progressive Congress, APC’s Tokunbo Abiru, has lost again in the judgement delivered on Monday, 01 March 2021, by Honourable Justice Obiozor of the FHC, Ikoyi, Lagos Division

In delivering its Judgment, the Court first dealt with the notice of Preliminary Objection filed by Kemi Pinheiro SAN on behalf of the 2nd Defendant (Sen. Adetokunbo Abiru). The Honourable Court agreed with his  contention that part of the reliefs sought by the Plaintiffs were statute barred having not been brought within 14 days of the accrual of the cause of action as contemplated under Section 285 of the constitution, consequently, reliefs 2,3, 4, 5,10 and 11 were struck out.

 

The Honourable Court thereafter considered two applications filed by Kemi Pinheiro SAN on behalf of the 2nd Defendant which sought to strike out new facts which the Plaintiffs attempted to introduce via further affidavit. Owonikoko SAN also filed similar applications on behalf of the APC the third respondent

The Honourable Court in its judgment agreed with Pinheiro SAN and Owonikoko SAN and struck out the new facts sought to be introduced by EBUN Adegboruwa SAN for the Plaintiffs as being statute barred

 

On the substantive issues, the Court rejected Adegboruwa SAN contentions and agreed with Mr Abiru and APCs :

 

1. That the issue of residency and indegineship are not disqualifying factors under the constitution. Consequently, the reliefs sought by the Plaintiffs predicated upon this allegation were dismissed

 

2. On the issue of registration or double registration, the court held that registration is not a disqualifying factor under Section 65 and 66 of the constitution. Thus, the allegations of double registration cannot disqualify the 2nd Defendant and the reliefs sought thereon were dismissed

 

In all the Court found that there was no merit in the case of the Plaintiffs (PDP and Gbadamosi ) and same was dismissed for being unmeritorious.

Seye Oladejo

APC Spokesman


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The  IT division at GTBank has suffered a continual decrease in personnel within the last six months. It has caused a significant technical lacuna and work overload for current employees. Reports reaching 1st News have it that GTBank has been slow in promoting its staff; inadvertently triggering a wave of exits into the labour market which had attractive offers for their talent.

The shortage in manpower is bringing about increased workload; and mounting pressure on the remaining IT employees.

One staff said, “I was handling one application then it doubled as a result.”

Another one also: “There’s a particular team where three members left in the space of one month. Now, four people’s responsibilities are being juggled by one person.”

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And yet another staff said, “The pressure is crazy. One person is doing three people’s jobs all in the name of efficiency. That’s why our cost to income ratio will always be the lowest in the industry.”

An undisclosed source said the frequent loss of experienced workers without commensurate hiring resulted in gaps in technical capabilities.

He said: “The application I am managing was handled by two people; but my partner has gone to join another team. If I’m leaving now, a new person can’t cram; and get a good grip of everything in my handover note within 3 weeks. We simply need more people on the team!”

This gap is often reflected when there is a service downtime towards the end of the month caused by server overload. During this period, transaction volume increases due to salary payments; and other month-end payments; leading to more pressure on existing resources.

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Pyramids’ Road Trip Video to Aba Stadium, a Wake up Call, Says Egbe

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The Chief Executive Officer of Monimichelle Group, Ebi Egbe, has called on the federal government to do something on the state of the roads in the country, declaring that the state of the Port-Harcourt Aba Road has become a bad advertisement for the country.

The poor state of the federal highway came to the fore over the weekend when Egyptian side, Pyramids Football Club who flew in the club’s private jet landed

at the Port Harcourt Airport and made a video of the horrible road trip to Aba and posted it on the social media, calling it a shame.

Pyramids held Enyimba 1-1 in Aba yesterday but qualified 5-2 aggregate for the semi final of the CAF Confederation Cup.

But Egbe whose outfit constructed the Enyimba Stadium turf noted that the Egyptians deliberately wanted to paint the country in bad light by showing the video to the world.

Egbe was however quick to add that government on its part also need to avoid the country being embarrassed by her international visitors by fixing our roads.

“That video by Pyramids is to me, a wake up call for us to not only fix our stadiums but also fix our roads.

“Teams that come to Aba to play have always commended the playing turf. We need to get it right on all fronts. This is why I am appealing to the federal government to get our roads fixed.

“Our teams would return to the continent next term and it would be a shame if teams from other countries that are far less endowed come in and mock us that we ve got no good roads in the country,” Egbe stressed

He further charged the various state governments to also upgrade their stadium facilities just like other countries are doing.

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