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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USENI VS LALONG: APC CANDIDATE NOT QUALIFIED TO CONTEST SAYS MIKE OZEKHOME

The Counsel to the gubernatorial candidate of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), has described Governor Simon Lalong as a pretender, who needs to vacate the seat for the rightful owner (Senator Jeremiah Useni) to take his place as governor of the state. He also said because of the misrepresentation of his name as “Sule Simon”, and could not prove that in his affidavit, Lalong wasn’t qualified to contest the last governorship election in the State. Ozekhome disclosed this to journalists after the…

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TRIBUNAL RESERVES RULING IN ATIKU, PDP PETITION AGAINST BUHARI’S ELECTION

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja, on Wednesday, reserved its judgment on the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at the February 23, 2019 poll. The five-man tribunal led by Justice Mohammed Garba announced this after listening to the final arguments of the parties to the case. Justice Garba said the date for judgment would be communicated to the parties through their lawyers. “‎Judgment in this petition is hereby reserved and will…

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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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KWARA ELECTION PETITION TRIBUNAL SETS DATE FOR JUDGEMENT ON PETITION AGAINST GOVERNOR ABDULRAZAQ

KWARA State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has slated September 20 to give judgment in the petition filed by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Rasak Atunwa, challenging the election of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq. Atunwa is challenging AbdulRazaq’s election on the ground that the Governor had allegedly presented a forged secondary school certificate and was therefore not qualified to run for Governor — a claim AbdulRazaq insisted was unfounded. Respondents in the case are the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), AbdulRazaq, and the All Progressives Congress (APC). At the resumption of the…

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YUSUF VS GANDUJE: KANO GUBER ELECTION PETITION TRIBUNAL FIXES DATE FOR JUDGEMENT

Ganduje Kano State Governorship Election Petition tribunal presided by justice Halima Shamaki has disclosed that judgment on the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party,(PDP) challenging the election of Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of the All Progressive Congress, APC will be delivered in October. He spoke after the Counsel representing the petitioners, barrister Adegboyega Awomolo(SAN) told the court they had reached the end of presenting their case. Justice Shamaki said the tribunal would not accommodate delay tactics from the respondents. He directed INEC, Ganduje and APC to put up their defense…

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KANO POLICE COMMISSIONER TENDER 14 DOCUMENTS BEFORE ELECTION PETITIONS TRIBUNAL

The Kano State Commissioner Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, yesterday, tendered 14 documents before the governorship election petitions tribunal sitting in Kano. The documents were part of the 61 election materials requested by the petitioners, PDP and its governorship candidate, Abba Kabir Yusuf. The commissioner who was represented by the officer in charge of legal and prosecution of the command, SP Sunday Ekwe, tendered 14 documents, which were carbonated copies of polling units’ election results given as police copies during the election. However, counsels to the respondents, INEC and APC, objected to…

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THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS PETITION TRIBUNAL AND ATIKU

No one is ever expecting the Supreme Court to pronounce Atiku winner but the point I believe they want to score has been achieved. I have been in that court all thru and for the first time I see Wole Olanipekun closing his case prematurely. It is not for any reason beyond the fact that the key witness they produce rather than helping the matter threw spanner in the works. The old man that came to testify on certificate said the army never collected their papers, the WAEC/, Cambridge man…

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KANO’S GAMA WARD RESULT DISAPPEARED AT COLLATION CENTRE, INEC STAFF REVWALS

Joshua Kubai, an ad hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), yesterday, testified at the Kano State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in continuation of the hearing of the case filed by the PDP and its candidate, Abba Kabir Yusuf. Kubai, a staff of Bayero University, Kano, was the Returning Officer of the contentious Gama ward in Nasarawa Local Government Area during the last governorship election who was summoned by the tribunal on the request of the petitioners. Kubai who testified on behalf of the petitioners, was cross-examined by…

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YOUR EMOTIONAL GAMBIT WILL FAIL, PRESIDENCY TELLS ATIKU, OVER ATTEMPTS TO WHIP UP SENTIMENTS AT ELECTION PETITION TRIBUNAL

The Presidency on Friday, described as laughable efforts by the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the February 23 elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to appeal to the emotions of Nigerians, particularly members of the judiciary, thinking it would in any way influence decision in the ongoing legal tussle over the result of the presidential poll. Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina in Abuja stated that “first, it was laughable, now it gets progressively pitiable,” to see and hear Alhaji Abubakar making…

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