BULKACHUWA’S SON CAMPAIGNED FOR BUHARI, PDP TELLS PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION PETITION TRIBUNAL

Olusola Fabiyi and Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar,  on Friday told the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal  in Abuja  that Aliyu Haidar Abubakar, son of the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, campaigned for  President Muhammadu Buhari  ahead of the February 23 presidential poll. They alleged that Abubakar was  not only a card-carrying member of  the All Progressives Congress, but  also  contested  the party’s governorship primary election  in  Gombe State. They  informed the tribunal that they had attached the…

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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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OLUSOLA-ELEKA VS FAYEMI: SUPREME COURT RULES ON EKITI GUBER ELECTION PETITION MAY 24

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Supreme Court on Thursday heard and fixed May 24 for judgment on the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its governorship candidate in Ekiti State, Kolapo Olusola-Eleka challenging the election of Governor Kayode Fayemi. A five-man panel of the apex court which heard the appeal was led the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad. The appeal sought to overturn the concurrent judgments of the Ekiti State Election Petition Tribunal and the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal which had both upheld…

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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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RIBADU REPRESENTS BUHARI BEFORE ELECTIONS PETITION TRIBUNAL

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The pioneer Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Nuhu Ribadu, has arrived the Tuesday’s proceedings of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja. When the matter slated for the day, the petition filed by Hope Democratic Party and its candidate, Ambrose Awuru, was called, Ribadu a top member of the All Progressives Congress from Adamawa State, announced himself as the representative of President Muhammadu Buhari, whose victory at the February 23 poll is being challenged by HDP. Buhari’s party, the APC, was represented by…

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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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