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INEC boss to appear before election petition court

Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), will appear before the Presidential Election Petition Court on Thursday.

This was disclosed on Tuesday by Chris Uche, SAN lead counsel to Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party in their ongoing petition.

In a petition marked CA/PEPC/05/2023, Abubakar Atiku and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are challenging the outcome of the Feb. 25 presidential election, which declared President Bola Tinubu the winner.

Uche said the INEC chairman will, during his appearance, testify on the conduct of the disputed presidential election.

Read also: Focus shifts to Tinubu’s cabinet as Akpabio emerges Senate president

UN chief calls for digital accessibility for PLWD

Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General, speaking at the opening of the 16th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on Tuesday, called for improved digital accessibility for Persons Living with Disabilities (PLWD).

Guterres, who made the call at the UN headquarters in New York, said that a “cascade of crises” is putting global progress towards ensuring the rights of persons with disabilities in danger.

Addressing a conference to take stock of action since the adoption of the CRPD 17 years ago, he urged countries to do much, much better to achieve greater inclusion and accessibility.

Guterres said the treaty marked “a landmark moment in our shared journey towards a more just and inclusive future for all.”

Mobil Nigeria appoints Adesua Dozie as its new vice chairman

ExxonMobil has appointed Adesua Dozie as the new vice chairman for its Nigerian affiliates, Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited and Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited.

The appointment was announced by the company on its official Twitter handle. It disclosed that her appointment became effective on June 12.

Prior to her current role, Dozie served as executive director and general manager of MPN and EEPNL.

With extensive years of senior legal experience cut across several industries on the African continent, she brings a wealth of expertise to her new position, the company said.

Lolu Akinyemi takes over as CEO of Lafarge Africa

Lolu Alade-Akinyemi has been appointed as the new chief executive officer of Lafarge Africa.

His appointment was disclosed in a statement issued by the company on Tuesday after the board of directors accepted the resignation of the former CEO, Khaled El-Dokani, after an emergency meeting.

Although the reason for El-Dokani’s resignation was not disclosed, the company stated that upon the conclusion of his tenure as CEO, he would assume a non-executive director position within Lafarge Africa.

“He effectively established and upheld robust ethical culture, fostered gender diversity, and championed sustainability principles, all of which align with the core values of the Holcim Group,” the statement said.

Alade-Akinyemi, who once served as a finance officer at the FMCG giant, PZ Cussons Nigeria, would replace El-Dokani on July 1.

Trump pleads not guilty in federal documents case

Former U.S. President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to federal criminal charges that he unlawfully kept national-security documents when he left office and lied to officials who sought to recover them.

Trump’s plea, entered before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan Goodman in a federal court in Miami, sets up a legal battle likely to play out over the coming months as he campaigns to win back the presidency in a November 2024 election. Experts say it could be a year or more before a trial takes place.

Trump, wearing a blue suit and a red tie, frowned and leaned back in his chair but did not speak during the 47-minute hearing.

He was allowed to leave court without conditions or travel restrictions, and no cash bond was required. Goodman ruled that he was not allowed to communicate with potential witnesses in the case. (Reuters)