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Court Approves Appointment Of T.B. Joshua’s Wife As SCOAN Trustee

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has approved the appointment of Mrs Evelyn Joshua as a trustee of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN).

Justice Tijjani Ringim gave the approval on Thursday while ruling on a petition by some concerned members of the church, especially Kola Kareem and Moji Oguntoyinbo, who filed for themselves and on behalf of all the members of SCOAN.

In the petition, they urged the court to appoint the widow of the founder of the church as a member of the trustees, in line with the constitution of the church which prescribes a minimum of three trustees for SCOAN.

The petitioners claimed that their petition followed the sudden demise of the late General Overseer of SCOAN, fondly called Prophet T. B. Joshua, who was also a church trustee.

They argued that the two surviving members of the Board of Trustees lacked the legal capacity to make decisions necessary to move the church forward, as the constitution provides for a minimum of three members on the Board of Trustees.

“In the circumstances, it became imperative for an additional trustee to be appointed to fill the vacancy created by the untimely death of the deceased founder,” they maintained.

The members instituted the suit against the Incorporated Trustees of SCOAN, the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), and Mrs Evelyn Joshua.

They were represented in court by Emeka Ekweozor, while Ossazu Owie represented the first and second respondents.

Another counsel, O.N. Chukwu appeared for the CAC.

All the respondents, through their lawyers, informed the court that they were not opposed to the petition filed under Section 839 (6) (B) of the Companies and Allied matters Act (CAMA) 2020 (as Amended).

With no objections from the respondents, the court wasted no time in granting the approval and the expectation is that the move will provide further clarity on the leadership succession in the church.

 

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Just In : Supreme Court affirms Osun Gov-elect, Adeleke as PDP candidate

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The Supreme Court, on Thursday, affirmed the Governor-elect of Osun state, Senator Ademola Adeleke as the authentic candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the gubernatorial election that held in the state on July 16.

The apex court, in a unanimous judgement by a five-man panel of justices, dismisses an appeal that was lodged against Adeleke by Prince Dotun Babayemi who laid claim to governorship ticket of the PDP, having emerged from a parallel primary election that was held by a faction of the party in the state.

Counsel to the Appellant, Mr. Adebayo Adelodun, SAN, withdrew the appeal after the panel led by Justice Amina Augie, drew his attention to the fact that the case was statute barred.

The panel had maintained that the appeal was incompetent, stressing that it was filed outside the 14 days period provided by the law.

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SUPREME COURT RULLING : PDP, Adeleke optimistic, Babayemi mum over court ruling

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Osun governor-elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke, on Wednesday expressed optimism of a favourable judgement as Supreme Court rules on the suit instituted against his candidature as the flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party in the Osun July 16 governorship poll.

Supreme Court is expected on Thursday to rule on the case filed against Adeleke by a governorship aspirant on the platform of the PDP, Prince Dotun Babayemi, who had asked the court to invalidate primaries that produced Osun governor-elect, citing non compliance with court order.

In his judgement on the matter on May 18, Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of a Federal High Court, sitting in Osogbo, had upheld the governorship primary that produced Adeleke.
Also, the Court of Appeal, Akure Division, in its judgement of July 20 on the appeal filed against the decision of the Federal High Court, Osogbo, aligned with the lower court and dismissed Babayemi’s appeal

Ahead of the Supreme Court judgement this Thursday, Adeleke in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, said he expected a favourable judgement from the Court.

The statement further read, “There is no tension here. His Excellency calls on his supporters to remain assured of eventual victory because we stand on legality from the begining of the process to the end. Our positive expectation is also borne out of the strong faith Senator Adeleke has in the judiciary as a house of justice and seriousness.

“The judiciary and all stakeholders are fully aware that the primary that produced Senator Adeleke is approved and supervised by the National Executive Committee of the PDP with electoral Commission in attendance and with the right legal candidate participating. So the Governor-elect has absolute faith in the judiciary. His message is for our people to be calm as victory is right at our door.”

Efforts to get Babayemi to comment through the spokesperson of his campaign organisation, Kayode Oladeji, proved futile as calls did not go through to his mobile line and he had not responded to a text message sent to him asking for comment as of the time of filing this report.

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Court Of Appeal: Senate Passes Bill Increasing Justices to 110

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The Senate on Tuesday passed an amendment Bill which provides for an increase in the number of Justices of the  Court of Appeal justices from 90 to 110.
The Senate gave the  approval after it considered and adopted the report of its Committee on Judiciary,  Human Rights and Legal Matters on the Court of Appeal Act, 2013 (Amendmen) Bill, 2022.
Leading the debate on the report,  Chairman of the Committee,  Senator Micheal Opayemi Bamidele said “the legislative intent of this amendment is to ensure that the court has the requisite manpower to allow for creation of more divisions of the court, and to bring the court closer to litigants in line with the current realities aimed at expediting dispensation of Justice.

“This is necessary in order to eliminate delay in the justice delivery system, as it relates to the adjudicatory powers of the court in tandem with its appellate jurisdiction.
“This proposed amendment, undoubtedly, is targeted at reducing the workload of the court and enhance it’s effective performance.”
He explained that the committee extended the amendment to other provisions of the bill whereby new clauses as well as sub-clauses were introduced in order to address plethora of issues bordering on administration of justice, as it relates to the Court of Appeal.
According to Bamidele, one of the salient provisions of the new bill is the aspect that seeks to integrate virtual court proceedings, which, he said, has become an integral part of court proceedings in recent time.
The new amendment also seeks to align the provisions of the exctant Act with the provisions of the Nigerian Correctional Services Act , and also seeks to formalise the convention of having five-member panel of justices to hear Election Appeals and issues on appeal that are novel, uncertain and recondite.
After the consideration and adoption of the report, the Bill was thereafter read the third time and passed.
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