ELECTION PETITION TRIBUNAL IN ABIA RULES IN SUIT AGAINST ORJI KALU

The National and State House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, on Thursday, dismissed a petition filed against the election of Sen. Orji Kalu as the Senator representing Abia North. The petitioner, Anagha Anagha, the candidate of All Grassroots Alliance (AGA) had filed the petition on grounds that he was unlawfully excluded from the February 23 Abia North Senatorial election. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Anagha urged the tribunal to annul the election of the former Abia governor and order a fresh one. Delivering a unanimous…

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TRIBUNAL SACKS BENUE APC REPS MEMBER, ORDERS CERTIFICATE OF RETURN BE ISSUED TO PDP CANDIDATE

The National and State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Benue state has sacked a member of the House of Representatives, David Ogewu, as the legitimate winner of the 2019 election for Oju/Obi constituency. The tribunal also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Ogewu, a member of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA). According to the tribunal, the certificate of return should be handed over to Samson Okwu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In his ruling on Wednesday, August 28,…

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ELECTION PETITION: GANDUJE OPENS DEFENCE WITH WITNESS THAT HAS FAKE ELECTORAL CARD

by IBRAHIM SHA’BAN Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has opened his own defense with documentary evidence and oral witnesses At the Kano Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, just as the defendant presented a witness whose voter’s card was discovered to be reflecting a different name. Recall that the tribunal is hearing a petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its candidate, Abba Yusuf, challenging Mr Ganduje’s victory at the March 2019 governorship election in the state. During the proceeding, Mr Ganduje lead counsel, Ofiong Ofiong,…

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CROSS RIVER GUBER RACE: EX-MINISTER ACCUSES OSHIOMHOLE OF REFUSING TO SUBMIT HIS NAME

A former Minister of Niger Delta, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani has accused the National Chairman of All Progressive Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole of personally refusing to submit his name as the governorship candidate of the party in the March 9, 2019 election. Pastor Usani in his submission before the Election Tribunal, by his lawyers, led by Elder Henrie Ituen also prayed the tribunal to consider him as a valid candidate. Pastor Usani demanded in his final written address that the tribunal should annul the election and order a rerun…

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INEC OPENS DEFENCE AGAINST ATIKU TODAY

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will today open its defence against the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. This followed the conclusion of submissions by PDP and Atiku on July 19 during which they called 62 witnesses out of the 400 earlier billed to testify at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal. INEC had contended that the election was conducted in accordance with the Electoral Act while objecting to the existence of a server. The PDP had claimed that results of the…

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INEC BEGINS DEFENCE OF BUHARI’S VICTORY BEFORE TRIBUNAL TOMORROW

Godwin Tsa, Abuja The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will tomorrow open its defence in the petition filed by the People’s Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, against the conduct of the February 23, 2019, presidential election which produced President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the winner. The commission will have only six days to defend the allegations contained in the said petition where 62 witnesses gave evidence against the credibility of the polls. This is after Atiku and PDP closed their case at…

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APC WITNESSES TESTIFY THAT USENI WON GUBER ELECTIONS IN THEIR AREAS

Witnesses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Plateau State have testified before the governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Jos that the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Jeremiah Useni won the governorship election in their polling unites with a wide margin. Testifying before the tribunal, Dung Isaiah Bitrus of Ratsak Zabot ward of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area during cross examination by counsel to Useni, Benso Igbanoi, said the PDP won the governorship election in his polling unit. “PDP won the governorship election in my polling…

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REPS DENY OWN CANDIDATE AT REPS PETITION TRIBUNAL IN ANAMBRA

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has admitted that its candidate’s name was never published ahead this year’s election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for Njikoka/Anaocha/Dunukofia Federal Constituency seat of Anambra State. This clarification was made before the National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal One, sitting in Awka, by Ntiham Niam, a top administrative officer at the PDP headquarters, while giving evidence as a defence witness in a petition by the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Dozie Nwankwo, during cross-examination by the lead prosecution Counsel, Dr.…

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TRIBUNAL: INEC FINALLY PROVIDE ATIKU WITH THE NEEDED DOCUMENTS

ABUJA – Sequel to the order of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Thursday, produced some documents the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, requested with respect to their case against the outcome of the 2019 presidential election. Though the tribunal had on Wednesday, adjourned further hearing on the joint petition Atiku and PDP lodged against President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election till Friday, however, the Justice Mohammed Garba-led five-member panel acknowledged receipt of the sensitive electoral materials INEC produced…

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ATIKU’S WITNESS WEEPS BEFORE ELECTION PETITION TRIBUNAL

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Petitioners’ Witness 57, Mohammed Yahaya, called by the Peoples Democratic Party and its 2019 presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, broke down in tears at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Wednesday. Mohammed, who served as the PDP agent for Aboto Ward in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State during the election, shed tears under cross-examination by President Muhammadu Buhari’s lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), saying lives of people were being toyed with over politics. Earlier, he had claimed that two persons were shot by All Progressives Congress’…

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