ABUJA LAWYER ARRESTED OVER 1.5MIL DOLLAR BRIBERY ALLEGATION GOV. EMMANUEL

Patrick Odey, Uyo Policemen have arrested an Abuja-based lawyer, Leo Ekpenyong, for $1.5m bribery allegations he made against the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, and some senior judicial officers. Ekpenyong was picked up in Abuja and flown to Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, where he would be arraigned in an Uyo Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, the state Commissioner for Justice, Uwemedimo Nwoko,  said. He said, “The police trailed him to Abuja where he was arrested and brought to Akwa Ibom to face the charges against him.” It…

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TENSION GRIPS BAUCHI AS ELECTION TRIBUNAL SETS OCTOBER 7 FOR JUDGMENT

  Palpable tension and anxiety has now gripped residents of Bauchi State particularly politicians in the camps of ruling PDP and the opposition APC, as the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has fixed Monday, October 7, 2019, as the day for the final ruling in the petition filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC), challenging the declaration of Senator Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir as the winner of the gubernatorial election in the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The Bauchi State chapter of the APC had filed the petition seeking nullification of…

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IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR TRIBUNAL TO OVERTURN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN NIGERIA – FALANA

Seriki Adinoyi in Jos Human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Femi Falana, has lamented that the 1999 Constitution gives rooms to the kind of judgments witnessed in recent times, noting that “under the current legal system in Nigeria, it is impossible for an election petition tribunal to overturn a presidential election in Nigeria.” Falana has, besides, urged the federal government to demand for justice and not apology from South African government over the recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreigner nationals. The human rights lawyer…

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ATIKU VS BUHARI: IMPLICATIONS OF A JUDGEMENT FOR THE NATION

KUNLE ODEREMI ? KUNLE ODEREMI captures the admixture of fury, suspense and hypothesis that marked the sitting of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal for weeks, culminating in the delivery of its judgment last Wednesday.   BEFORE the D-Day, the two parties involved in the matter at the five-man Presidential Election Petition Tribunal that sat in Abuja were optimistic of the judgment going their way. The camps were upbeat, as they deployed the machinery of propaganda to the fullest, to sway public sympathy and favour to their principals. The theatrics and…

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ELECTION TRIBUNAL: AFTER CLAIMING HE WAS NOT BOTHERED, BUHARI CONFESSES, HE WAS UNDER SERIOUS TENSION OVER OUTCOME OF JUDGMENT

      John Ameh, Abuja Contrary to an earlier position that he was not bothered by the proceedings at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, President Muhammadu Buhari confessed on Friday he was under tension while the tribunal delivered its judgment on Wednesday. Buhari admitted that but for the first meeting of the Federal Executive Council, which he presided over about the same time the tribunal sat, he would have gone into trauma. Buhari and cabinet ministers for his second term met for the first time on Wednesday since he…

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ELECTION TRIBUNAL: PDP WINS 2 MORE REPS SEATS IN AKWA IBOM

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Akwa Ibom State on Wednesday won two more seats of the House of Representatives in the state. The tribunal upheld the elections of Aniekan Umanah, representing Abak/Etim- Ekpo/ Ika federal constituencies and that of Patrick Ifon, for Eket/ Esit Eket/Ibeno and Onna federal constituency both of the PDP. The APC petitioner for Abak/ Etim Ekpo/ and Ika, a two-time member of the House of Representatives, Emmanuel Ekon was challenging the election of Hon. Aniekan Umanah on two grounds that the election and return of…

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WIKE CONGRATULATES BUHARI OVER ELECTION TRIBUNAL VICTORY

GOVERNOR WIKE CONGRATULATES PRESIDENT BUHARI, URGES HIM TO USE HIS VICTORY TO WORK FOR ALL NIGERIANS  Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on the validation of his election by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal. In a statement on Wednesday, Governor Wike urged President Muhammadu Buhari to use his victory to work for all Nigerians, irrespective of their political leanings Governor Wike called on the President to work towards the unity of the country, noting that the country is divided Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the…

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GUBER ELECTION TRIBUNAL: EL RUFAI TO KNOW FATE SEPTEMBER 9

The Kaduna State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal will on Monday, September 9, rule on the petition challenging the re-election of Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna state. The Tribunal Secretary, Mrs Hafsat Suleiman, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Kaduna State. Suleiman said the Tribunal concluded it’s sitting on August 19 and has fixed Monday, September 9, to pass its verdict on the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party. The PDP and its governorship candidate in the March 9 poll, Alhaji Isah Ashiru, had petitioned the Tribunal…

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I STAND BY MY 15MIL DOLLAR BRIBE STORY AGAINST THE STATE GOVT SAYS AKWA IBOM LAWYER

    Patrick Odey, Uyo The Managing Director of De-Bongos Media Projects,Leo Ekpenyong, on Saturday insisted that he stood by his report on the $1.5m bribery allegation, adding that he did not owe anyone the duty to disclose the source of his information. Ekpenyong, a lawyer and an activist, said he would not dignify the Commissioner of Justice, Akwa Ibom State, Uwemedimo Nwoko, with a publication of his findings in any newspapers. The state government had challenged Ekpenyong and those accusing Governor Udom Emmanuel in the alleged bribery deal with…

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KANO ELECTION PETITION TRIBUNAL THREATEN TO RELOCATE TO ABUJA

By Tijjani Ibrahim The Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Kano yesterday threatened to relocate to Abuja if any of its members face the slightest security threat in the state. The Presiding judge, Justice Halima S. Muhammad, said this while condemning a cyber attack meted on one of the witnesses who testified before the tribunal for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the case. “If a life of a witness is threatened just because she came to testify here, then we cannot just sit here and think we are safe,”…

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