Imo: We Must Accept Supreme Court Judgement, Says Atiku

Supreme Court To Hear Atiku's Appeal August 20
A file photo of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

 

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said that the Supreme Court judgment which nullified the election of Emeka Ihedioha as the Governor of Imo State must be respected.

According to a statement issued by his media office, the ex-vice president based his premise on the fact that the verdict of the apex court is final.

“I can only say that since the Supreme Court is final, we must accept its judgment, however unexpected and unpalatable it may be. The Rule of law must guide our paths even if logic sheds light on a different path,” the statement read in part.

Stressing further, Akitu said: “Let me state unequivocally that I solidarise with Emeka Ihedioha, a man I know to be a great leader of men and resources. In the fullness of time, I am convinced that he will overcome this setback and emerge stronger.”

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Atiku restated his full support for his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), noting that it must continue to provide hope for the Nigerian people.

He however regretted that “despotism and despair that has gripped almost every aspect of our national life.”

Atiku, who was also PDP’s presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections, said his party has “provided genuine democracy for this nation once before, and I believe it is our destiny to democratically restore what has been lost due to the encroachment of anti-democratic agents.”

He said, “my greatest desire, and one I hope to see again in my lifetime, is that Nigeria will fulfill its potential as the land of Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress.

“These four ideals have been missing from our borders for a while, and all freedom-loving Nigerians ought to henceforth work together to bring them back. So, help us, God.”

Alleged Money Laundering: EFCC Opposes Transfer Of Atiku’s Lawyer’s Case To Another Judge

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has challenged the re-assignment of the money laundering charge that it had filed against the lawyer of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Mr Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie, to another judge.

The move stalled the trial of the defendant today, at the Federal High Court Sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State.

Mr Uyi Giwa-Osagie, a senior Lawyer and his younger brother, Erhunse, are being tried before the court by the EFCC for allegedly laundering the sum of $2 million (USD).

They were first arraigned before the vacation judge, Justice Nicholas Oweibo on August 14, during the court’s long vacation on three counts of conspiracy and money laundering.

But they pleaded not guilty and were granted bail by the court.

After the court resumed from the vacation, they were re-arraigned on the same charge before Justice Chuka Obiozor.

But before their trial could commence before Justice Obiozor, their lawyers, Ahmed Raji and Norrison Quakers, both Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), wrote a letter to the Chief Judge of the court asking for the consolidation of the charge with that of another defendant, Abdullahi Babalele.

Babalele, who is Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s son-in-law, is being tried before Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke also of the same court for allegedly laundering the sum of $140, 000 USD.

The lawyers claim that the facts in the charges were essentially the same and it was better to consolidate the cases before one judge.

Justice Obiozor subsequently returned the case file to the court’s registry and the EFCC’s case against Uyi Giwa-Osagie was reassigned to Justice Aneke for consolidation of both matters.

At the resumed hearing of the matter today before Justice Aneke, the EFCC counsel told the court that his commission was protesting the consolidation.

Oyedepo said: “We are protesting that, we have written a letter to the Honourable Chief Judge for a reassignment of the case to the former judge, Justice Obiozor.

“There is nothing connecting the case pending before this court and this case. It is going to be dangerous things if we allow this.

“During the vacation, two cases were assigned to Justice Obiozor, this one and that of Professor Maurice Iwu, but they were both transferred”.

He, therefore, urged the court to adjourn the matter, so that it can be reassigned to the former judge.

The defendants counsel, Mr Norrison Quakers (SAN) has, however, described Oyedepo’s statement as ‘offensive and out of tune”.

He said: “I find the statement of the prosecutor a bit offensive and out of tune.

“The court will recall that the matter was transferred based on rule of court and by the Administrative Judge, who in his wisdom transferred the matter based on the connection in the proof of evidence served on us.

“Having consolidated the two charges, all the counsel have to come before this court”.

Quakers (SAN) also told Justice Aneke that the prosecution has not presented anything before the court challenging the transfer of the charge.

He, therefore, urged the court to discountenance the prosecutor’s argument for the request for adjournment.

Responding on points of law, the EFCC lawyer, Oyedepo cited section 89 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015, and submitted that there was no connection between the two cases consolidated.

“The charge has no nexus, the transfer is not in the interest of justice, no panel was constituted and I wasn’t invited to any panel.

“I urge the court to return the case file to the Chief Judge for reassignment to the former judge”.

After listening to both lawyers, Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke, adjourned till the case till Thursday, January 16, for his ruling.

Atiku Asks PDP To Focus On Rebuilding Party, Not Elections

A file photo of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

A former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has advised the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to focus more on making the party greater than its.

In a tweet on Saturday, he believes the main opposition party has a lot of fixes to make before facing the tasks ahead of it.

Atiku, the PDP presidential candidate in 2019 general elections, urged the PDP to divert its attention from the coming elections but make the party stronger and better.

“Our preoccupation at this point in the PDP should not focus on elections, but on rebuilding and strengthening our party for the challenges ahead of us. –AA,” the tweet read.

The PDP presidential candidate’s tweet came four days after he called for a change of attitude across the board in the new year and new decade.

He had noted that the new year and a new decade were coming with the opportunity to make better impressions in the lives of the people.

Atiku also called on the Federal government to respect the rule of law and remember the struggle for democratic rule in the country.

“It is a bad advertisement for the country and its democracy if declarations made by the court are not respected without the executive arm of government agreeing to same.

“Any democracy is not worth the appellation if the principle of separation of power is not ingrained in it. In the New Year, government should not pretend to be democratic, but rather act according to the fundamentals of a democracy,” the elder statesman had said in his New Year message on Tuesday.

 

2019 Presidential Poll In Summary

The presidential election was a tough contest among President Muhammadu Buhari, Atiku, as well as Omoyele Sowore, Fela Durotoye, Felix Nicholas, and several others.

Although a total of 73 political parties fielded candidates for the election, some later endorsed Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) while others formed an alliance with the PDP candidate to take over the office of the number one citizen.

Following a series of heightened activities in the build-up to the elections, the presidential poll was seen as a major battle between the man seeking another four years and the man on a mission to fulfil his dream of becoming a president since 1992.

Four days after the February 23 poll was conducted, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) returned President Buhari elected for a second term in office.

But this did not go well with the PDP and its candidate who accused the APC of rigging the election and vowed to challenge the outcome in court.

However, the issues and disagreements surrounding the 2019 Presidential Election finally came to an end on October 30, 2019.

This followed the judgement of the Supreme Court which upheld the judgement of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal dismissing the appeals filed by Atiku and the PDP.

Nigeria Can’t Win Terrorism War Without Tackling Poverty, Illiteracy – Atiku

A file photo of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

Former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has highlighted poverty and illiteracy as parts of the major challenges Nigeria must tackle urgently.

Following his repeated calls on the Federal Government to give special attention to the menace, Atiku believes this would go a long way in addressing the issue of insecurity and other problems bevelling the nation.

In his New Year message on Tuesday, the elder statesman observed that the rate of insecurity would reduce in the country if poverty was addressed, with a special focus on the war against insurgency in the North East.

“The problems of extreme poverty and scant investments in education play huge roles in fuelling the problems of violent extremism that we spent the past decade contending with.

“We cannot win the fight against terrorism if we do nothing to reduce or eliminate poverty and illiteracy.

“The reality of this new decade requires us to recalibrate our approaches and to pursue some tough choices. If failure is not an option, then we must let go of our egos and conveniences,” the PDP candidate said.

According to him, the New Year will require Nigerians to stay together more than ever before to take on, head front, the common enemy of insecurity.

Atiku said he does not share what he described as the sentiment that the outgone 2019 was a successful year for Nigerians.

He stated, “The bitter truth is that Nigeria is still in the throes of economic instability, with more people losing jobs and the attendant outcome of more children being out of school and more families having hard time in accessing basic needs of life.”

The former vice president, therefore, called on the Muhammadu Buhari administration to review its economic policies and improve the situation.

He also stressed the need for a deliberate effort to improve the material wellbeing of the people by lifting millions of Nigerians out of poverty into prosperity.

Atiku Reacts To Abuja Bank Robbery, Hopes For Better Security

A file photo of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has reacted to Saturday’s bank robbery in the Mpape area of Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He commended the security operatives who arrived at the scene on time to foil the attack.

Atiku, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, called for improved security of the country and its people next year.


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Some soldiers at the Mpape area of Abuja on December 28, 2019. PHOTO: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

“I am proud of the proactiveness of the Nigerian Army and Police in foiling the bank robbery in Abuja,” he said in a tweet.

The former Vice President added, “It is my hope that this will be the face of a reinvigorated security in the new year.”

His tweet came hours after a group of armed men attacked the commercial bank located at Mpape, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

 

The suspects were said to have gained entry into the banking hall after shooting sporadically into the air to scare people away.

Their hope of successful and well-planned operation was, however, dashed as they came to the end of the road after they were trapped inside the bank.

This was as a result of the prompt response by security operatives made up of men of the Nigeria Police Forces, Nigerian Army, and the Department of State Services (DSS) who positioned themselves strategically in the area.

An exchange of gunfire between the suspects and the security personnel ensued thereafter, resulting in the death of one of the attackers while four others were arrested.

PHOTOS: Grandchildren Present Birthday Cake To Atiku

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and his grandchildren. Photo: Twitter- @atiku

 

 

It appears former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is still in birthday mood after receiving yet another gift.

This time, it is a beautiful birthday cake from two of his grandchildren – a girl and a boy.

Emotional Atiku, after receiving the cake, warmly embraced his grandchildren in appreciation for the kind gesture.

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He could not hide his joy as he took to Twitter to share some photos capturing the moment.

Atiku, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last general elections, turned 73 on November 25, 2019.

See the photos below:

Atiku Files N2.5bn Libel Suit Against Buhari’s Aide, Lauretta Onochie

 

The former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has made good his threat to institute a N2.5bn libel against a Presidential aide, Mrs Lauretta Onochie over an alleged libellous publication.

He was at the Registry of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama where he formally deposed to his own witness statement on Oath before the Commissioner for Oaths to kick-start the libel suit against Onochie, an aide of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Atiku, who was the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23, 2019, presidential election, had in May this year threatened legal action against Onochie, who is the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media.

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The legal action was in connection to a publication wherein, Onochie on her twitter handled, alleged that Atiku is on the watch list of security operatives in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for alleged criminal matters.

Onochie in the said publication of May 7, 2019, also accused Atiku of shopping for terrorists in the Middle East.

“Atiku on UAE watchlist – security sources; Security operatives in the United Arab Emirates are keeping a close tab on a former Nigerian Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, who has been in Middle East nation for several weeks now. What is he doing there? Me: shopping for terrorists?

The PDP presidential candidate insisted that there is no iota of truth in the said publication which is beginning to affect public perception of his person, adding that, the publication since it was made has caused him national and international backlash and embarrassment as well as incalculable damages.

Atiku while challenging the victory of President Buhari in the February 23 presidential poll at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal and the Supreme Court was in the United Arab Emirate (UAE) until last week when he returned to the country.

This move was confirmed to Channels TV by his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome who described Onochie’s statement as not only vile and denigrating but a calculated attempt to disparage his person in the eyes of right-thinking members of the public.

PDP Salutes Atiku At 73

 

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has congratulated its Presidential Candidate in the 2019 Presidential election and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Waziri Adamawa, as he clocks the age of 73 years.

In a statement issued on Monday, the PDP said Atiku Abubakar is an exceptional patriot, quintessential democrat, leading light and incontrovertible symbol of the collective quest by Nigerians for a united, peaceful, secure, democratic and prosperous nation governed by the rule of law, equity and justice for all.

“Indeed, Atiku Abubakar leads the trail in the hope for a much-desired national rebirth, anchored on purposeful leadership where the overall interest of the people is over and above selfish personal interests,” the statement read.

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The party further stated that it is lamentable that at the time our nation would have been enjoying the dividends of Atiku Abubakar’s blueprint for economic recovery and political stability, our citizens are rather groaning under prevailing harsh economic polices, excruciating multiple taxes, worsened security situation and degenerated poverty in the land.

The PDP held as unarguable that the nation, by now, would have been enjoying a breath of fresh air had the February Presidential election had gone their way.

According to the PDP, this is so because Atiku Abubakar has demonstrated in all spheres of life that the true worth of leadership is in applying the powers therein for the collective good of the people rather than that of a group or self.

The PDP, therefore, joined family members, millions of compatriots, friends and associates in celebrating Atiku Abubakar, while supplicating the Almighty God to continue to bless him and keep him in good health as he applies his wealth of experience and goodwill for the service of our dear fatherland.

2019 Presidential Election: Atiku, PDP Failed To Call Credible Witnesses, Says Supreme Court

I'm 'Far More Qualified' Than Atiku, Buhari Tells Election Tribunal

 

The Supreme Court has said that the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, failed to call credible witnesses in their appeal filed challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 Presidential Elections.

The Apex court which gave reasons for the dismissal of the appeal filed by the PDP and Atiku on Friday added that the Appellant failed to prove that Buhari is not educated up to secondary school level,

A unanimous summary judgment delivered by Chief Justice of Nigeria, Ibrahim Muhammad, on October 30, 2019, dismissed the appeal filed by Atiku and the PDP after the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal had earlier on in September 11, 2019, dismissed the petition against the election of Buhari on the grounds that the petitioners failed to substantiate the allegations made in their petition.

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Justice John Okoro who read the submissions of the CJN held that the failure of the appellants to call credible witnesses was fatal to their case as they presented only five witnesses including a star witness who relied on hearsay evidence.

He added that the appellants failed to prove issues of over voting when it could not produce authentic voters register to validate its claim.

Justice Okoro stated that the unanimous decision of the court delivered on the 30th of October, 2019 is in total agreement with the verdict of the lower court which upheld and affirmed the election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

Election Petition: Atiku’s Lawyers Absent As Supreme Court Gives Reasons For Ruling

 

About 20 Senior Advocates of Nigeria and over 30 junior lawyers representing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar are absent at the Supreme Court where the reasons why their appeal challenging the outcome of the February 23 presidential election is expected to be delivered.

The Apex court had on October 30, in a unanimous summary judgment, dismissed the appeal filed by Atiku and his party, and set November 15, 2019, as the date to explain reasons for the dismissal of the appeal.

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Chief Justice of Nigeria Ibrahim Muhammad while delivering the summary judgment had announced that the court would later offer its reasons to the general public on why it dismissed the appeal the way it did.

At the hearing, all the SANs who led the legal teams of the All Progressives Congress, President Muhammadu Buhari, and the Independent National Electoral Commission were already seated.

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Supreme Court Set Date To Give Reasons On Dismissal Of Atiku’s Appeal

 

The Supreme Court has set the date to explain the dismissal of the appeal filed by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar which challenged the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari as winner of the February 23, 2019 presidential election.

The set date is Friday November 15, 2019.

The apex court had in a unanimous summary judgment delivered on October 30, 2019, dismissed the appeal filed by Atiku and his party.

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Chief Justice of Nigeria Ibrahim Muhammad while delivering the summary judgment had announced that the court would later offer its reasons to the general public on why it dismissed the appeal the way it did.

Atiku and PDP had in their joint appeal filed in September, challenged the entire judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal which affirmed the election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal had on September 11, 2019 dismissed the petition of Atiku and the PDP against the election of Buhari on the grounds that the petitioners failed to substantiate the allegations made in their petition.

Supreme Court Judgement: Nigeria Must Now ‘Move On’, Says Buhari

File photo: President Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the ruling of the Supreme Court, dismissing the appeal brought before them by Atiku Abubakar and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has afforded the country the ‘right to move on’.

President Buhari who is away in Saudi Arabia for the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference, was quoted in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stressed that the victory had been settled since February 2019.

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Atiku lost the presidential election by a margin close to 15 percent of the total vote and challenged the outcome at the tribunal which ruled in September 2019 against him and his party, the PDP.

“The President and Government of Nigeria do wish to extend our gratitude to former vice-president and his party for undertaking their campaign through protestations to the courts.

‘‘In this regard, they have conducted themselves in line with the laws of the country they sought to lead.

“Now, following this final legal bid before the highest court, it is time the country is afforded the right to move on – in the interest of all Nigerians – regardless of how they voted”.

The statement added that President Buhari and the Federal Government should be allowed to focus on addressing the issues concerning the country.

“The elected President and his Government now must be enabled to focus solely on addressing the issues that concern the country.

“From building economic empowerment and opportunities for the nearly 200 million Nigerians, 60 percent of whom are youths bubbling with energy, to defeating the twin ills of terrorism and corruption, there is much work to do”.