CONTROVERSY IN COURT AS SURNAME IN KWARA GOVERNOR ELECT’S CERTIFICATE IS ABBREVIATED

Counsels to Kwara state governor-elect and the PDP governorship candidate in the 2019 general elections continued their argument over the authenticity of the WAEC certificate presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by the governor-elect for the election. At the continuation of pre-hearing trial of the election petition tribunal in Ilorin on Thursday, Salman Jawondo, counsel to the second respondent, who is the governor-elect, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, had tendered photocopy of WAEC certificate of another person to the tribunal to show that names or initials of candidates can be…

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SHAGARI REPS SEAT: INCUMBENT TO CALL 49 WITNESSES

Incumbent lawmaker representing Shagari/Yabo constituency of Sokoto state in the House of Representative and his party, PDP are to call 49 witnesses in the case they instituted at the Election Petition Tribunal against the APC candidate in the 2019 General polls, Abubakar Umar Yabo. Shagari, who is a son of late President Shehu Shagari, got 24,932 votes to lose the seat to Yabo who secured 33,193 votes. Shagari then filed a petition at the Tribunal, stating that Yabo did not score the highest number of lawful votes cast at the…

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PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION PETITION TRIBUNAL TO HEAR APPLICATION FOR BALKACHUWA TO STEP DOWN MAY 22

Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa By Alex Enumah in Abuja The Election Petition Tribunal on Wednesday fixed May 22 for hearing on an application by the Peoples Democratic Party and its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, seeking the withdrawal of tribunal Chairman, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, from the panel. Justice Bulkachuwa fixed the date shortly after counsel to Atiku and the PDP announced that they had an application seeking Justice Bulkachuwa to recuse herself from hearing of the petition. Shortly after the tribunal resumed at about 10.20am for a pre-hearing in Atiku and PDP’s…

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PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS PETITION TRIBUNAL STANDS DOWN PDP’S CASE FOR MEETING

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja has stood down the Wednesday’s pre-hearing session on the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate in the February 23 poll, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. The Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa-led five-man bench of the tribunal stood down the matter shortly after lawyers appearing in the case announced appearance on Wednesday. The tribunal stood down the matter following the request by the petitioners’ legal team for a meeting of the panel members with the lawyers appearing for the various…

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ELECTION HACKING NOW REAL IN AFRICA SAYS FORMER PRESIDENT MAHAMA

Chineme Okafor in Oxford, UK Countries in Africa that have adopted Information Technology (IT) in their electoral processes now have to deal with a new challenge, systems hacking, which now threatens the practice of democracy in the continent, a former President of Ghana, Mr. John Mahama, has said. Mahama’s disclosure came at a time Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election is blemished with claims of alleged hacking of the electoral commission’s IT system by both leading parties in the election – the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and ruling All Progressives Congress…

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PSP ASKS JUSTICE BALKACHUWA TO WITHDRAW FROM PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION TRIBUNAL BECAUSE SHE’S APC SENATOR’S WIFE

  Olusola Fabiyi and Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party on Thursday asked the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, to withdraw as a member of the five-man panel of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal. In a petition received in the Court of Appeal’s President’s office in Abuja, on Thursday, the party alleged that as the chairman of the five-man panel, Bulkachuwa would likely be biased in the handling of the tribunal’s proceedings because of her ties to family members belonging to the All Progressives Congress.…

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SEE THE 5 GROUNDS ON WHICH ATIKU’S PETITION ARE BASED

Presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party Atiku Abubakar The defeated main opposition candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in Nigeria’s presidential elections filed a legal challenge in March against the outcome of the presidential poll. Abubakar’s petition states that he defeated the All Progressives Congress’s Muhammadu Buhari, who was declared  the winner of the eection. The petition asks that the electoral commission overturns the result “on the grounds of irregularities.” In the 141-page petition which contained five grounds, Atiku and his party People’s Democratic Party are praying that they are declared the winner…

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PRE-HEARING SESSION OF ATIKU PETITION AGAINST BUHARI TO BE HELD MAY 15

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Wednesday fixed May 15 for a pre-hearing session on the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar There are a total of four petitions filed to challenge the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress in the February 23 poll. The tribunal led by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, after conducting its inaugural sitting on Wednesday, went on to call each case one after the other.…

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WOMEN, SUPPORTERS OF ATIKU PROTEST ALLEGED FAILURE OF INEC TO OBEY COURT ORDER AND RELEASE ELECTION MATERIALS TO PDP CANDIDATE FOR INSPECTION

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Some women in Abuja on Wednesday protested the alleged failure of the Independent National Electoral Commission to obey the order of the Court of Appeal in Abuja permitting the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to inspect the materials used for the February 23 poll. The women, numbering up to 40, held their protest on the premises of the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal venue of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal which held its inaugural sitting on Wednesday. The protest continued until…

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