Bauchi Election Petition Tribunal Set To Deliver Judgement

The Bauchi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal is set to deliver judgement today.

The tribunal is set to deliver its verdict in a petition filed by the immediate past governor Mohammed Abubakar and the All Progressives Congress (APC) challenging the declaration of Bala Mohammed of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the 2019 governorship election held on April 9th and 23rd by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The petition was filed on the 12th of April 2019.

Governor Abubakar and the APC are alleging over voting and non-compliance in some polling units in Bogoro Tafawa Balewa and Bauchi local government areas of the state.

The counsel to petitioners prays that the Tribunal cancels votes of some polling units and declare the first petitioner winner while counsel to respondents prayed that the tribunal dismisses a petition for lacking in merit.

Tribunal Dismisses PDP’s Forgery Case Against Governor Bello

Niger State, Abubakar Bello,
Niger Governor, Abubakar Bello

 

The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Niger State has dismissed the petition by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate Umar Nasko against Governor Abubakar Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC)

The PDP and its candidate are challenging the Bello’s victory in the recently held governorship election stating that he submitted forged certificates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The tribunal, led by Justice John Igboji, while dismissing the petition said it constitutes an abuse of court process because it had been heard and decided by a Federal High Court.

Consequently, the Tribunal upheld the Preliminary Objection of the 2nd Respondent (APC) against the Petition of Umar Nasko and the PDP on the allegation of Certificate Forgery made against Governor Abubakar Bello, saying for the same reason.

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Oyo Election Tribunal Affirms Makinde’s Victory

A file photo of Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde.

 

The governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, has affirmed the victory of Governor Seyi Makinde.

In its ruling today, the tribunal dismissed the petition of Mr Makinde’s opponent, Adebayo Adelabu of the All Progressives Congress.

Last month, the tribunal had admitted the final written addresses of both Makinde and Adelabu, as well as that of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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The counsel to INEC had asked the tribunal to dismiss the petition for being “grossly unmeritorious and lacking in substance”.

But on their path, counsel to Mr Adelabu and the APC, Yusuf Alli insisted that the petition is meritorious and that other witnesses not called had their statements properly laid before the tribunal.

Meanwhile, Governor Makinde’s counsel, faulted the relief by the petitioners, claiming they amount to hear say and therefore, asked the court to dismiss the petition.

Tribunal Dismisses Chris And Andy Uba’s Petition, Upholds Ifeanyi Ubah’s Victory

 

The Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Awka, Anambra State on Monday upheld the victory of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah in the February 23rd National Assembly election, thereby dismissing the consolidated petitions of both Chris Uba of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Tribunal’s ruling dismissed Chris and Andy Uba’s petition on the basis that it it was lacking in merit.

Reacting to the ruling, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah in a communique on Monday said the verdict in his favour is an attestation of both “the perfect will of God and the irrefutable choice of the good people of Anambra South at the February 23 polls”.

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Senator Ubah also stated that the ruling reinforces the confidence that the people have in the judiciary.

The lawmaker further stressed that his victory is a good development for the advancement of democracy in Nigeria, adding that the judiciary has shown it is indeed the last hope for all.

He dedicate the victory to God, his wife, children and to his party.

Plateau Election Tribunal Reserves Jugdement In Suit Against Lalong

FILE PHOTO: Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong

 

The Plateau State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has reserved judgement in a petition filed against Governor Simon Lalong and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The tribunal reached the decision after all the parties involved in the suit presented their submissions for the final written addresses and outlined their various positions in respect of the petition.

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Leading counsel to the petitioners, Mike Ezekhome during the tribunal on Friday urged the tribunal to make a consequential order sacking Governor Simon Lalong from office and in his place order for the swearing-in of the second runner up, Jeremiah Useni.

According to the counsel, this is owing to the failure of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to follow its guidelines in the conduct of the 2019 Plateau State Governorship Elections.

He argued that Governor Simon Lalong was not qualified to contest the said elections.

Counsels to the respondents, INEC, APC and Governor Lalong, after the adoption of their written addresses urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition since it has not been proven by the petitioners.

Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Halima Suleeman in the ruling after the submission of parties in the petition says that the date for judgement in the petition would be communicated to all parties in due course.

The petition challenging Lalong’s victory was filed by Jeremiah Useni and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The Plateau State Governorship Election Petition had seventy-seven witnesses which appeared for both the petitioners and respondents. The petition involves disputes across 742 polling units with several documents and exhibits presented during proceedings.

Election Petitions Should Be Handled By Retired Judges – Falana

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Human rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana (file)

 

Human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana, has called for an amendment of the Constitution in order to allow retired judges to handle election petitions as well as appeals arising from them.

He made the appeal in a statement issued on Thursday, saying that the injustice meted out to litigants whose cases are not political, should stop forthwith in the interest of justice.

According to him, over 350 judges drawn from State High Courts, Federal High Court and National Industrial Court who are handling election petitions have adjourned all matters pending in their courts “sine die”.

“Their Lordships and Ladyships are said to have left their jurisdictions for “national assignment” in other parts of the country.

“Apart from appeals arising from pre-election cases and election petitions, both the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court are adjourning all pending appeals till 2020 and 2021.

“The vacation of the Justices of the Court of Appeal has been cancelled to enable them to handle election-related appeals,” he said.

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The SAN further stated that since all litigants are equal before the law, it is high time the preference given to election petitions and appeals by Nigerian courts was reviewed.

According to him, in some neighbouring African countries election petitions are not handled by regular courts but by constitutional courts.

Therefore, “if our retired judges can handle arbitral matters and participate in judicial commissions of enquiry they should be saddled with the responsibility to handle election petitions and appeals arising from them”.

Edo Election Tribunal Receives 14 Petitions

The Edo State Election Petition Tribunal has commenced sitting with 14 petitions from candidates, who contested Senate, House of Representatives and State of Assembly election.

The tribunal commence sitting in Benin, the Edo state capital, on Monday with the Chairman assuring litigants and defendants of the court’s commitment to fair hearing and justice.

The 14 petitions before the tribunal include two Senate candidates, five House of Representatives candidates and seven State Assembly candidates.

Imo Re-Run: Tribunal Tells PDP To Paste Court Summon On APC Secretariat Gate

AMCON, Asset Management, Jimoh Ibrahim, Union BankThe Election Petition Tribunal for the just concluded Imo North Senatorial District election has commenced sitting at the Imo State High Court in Owerri, the state capital.

At the maiden sitting of the tribunal, the Presiding Judge, Justice Geraldine Imadegbelo, granted the prayer of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Athan Achonu, to paste the summons of the court at the notice board of the court and at the APC state secretariat to serve as a substituted service to the candidate of the APC, Mr Ben Uwajimogu, who is alleged to have evaded service.

Justice Imadegbelo also granted the application of the candidate of the PDP to carry out a forensic inspection on the sensitive materials used during the conduct of the rerun elections on July 23, 2016.

Lead Counsel to the PDP candidate, Mr Ken Njamanze (SAN) said the motion granted by the Judge has become necessary following the evasion of the second respondent to be served the court summon.

He pointed out that service on the second respondent is fundamental for fair hearing and to allow further and effective proceeding.

The Senior Advocate also noted that the court also granted the request of the appellant to inspect the electoral documents including the ballot papers and result sheets in the custody of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Mr Achonu, who contested in the just concluded Imo North Senatorial election, had approached the Election Petition Tribunal insisting that the election was marred with irregularities and massive rigging by the APC.

He insists that he won the election and that the court should declare him winner of the election, having scored majority of the lawful votes in the election.

Imo North Senatorial Election: Tribunal Grants PDP Right To Review Materials

FCT election -INECThe Election Petition Tribunal for the Just concluded Imo North senatorial district election has commenced sitting at the Imo State High Court in Owerri the capital of the State.

At the maiden sitting of the Tribunal, the Presiding Judge, Justice Geraldine Imadegbelo, granted the prayer of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mr Athan Achonu, to paste the summons of the court at the notice board of the court and at the secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He said it would serve as a substituted service to the candidate of the APC, Ben Uwajimogu, who was alleged to have evaded service.

Justice Imadegbelo also granted the application of the candidate of the PDP to carry out a forensic inspection on the sensitive materials used during the conduct of the Imo North Senatorial rerun elections on July 23, which is presently in the custody of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Lead counsel to the PDP’s candidate, Ken Njamanze, said the motion granted by the judge had become necessary, following the evasion of the second respondents to be served the court summon.

He pointed out that service on the second respondent was fundamental for fair hearing and to allow further and effective proceeding.

The counsel also pointed out that the court also granted the request of the appellant to inspect the electoral documents, including the ballot papers and result sheets in the custody of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The candidate of the PDP, who contested in the just concluded Imo North Senatorial election had approached the Election Petition Tribunal, insisting that the election was marred with irregularities and massive rigging by the APC.

He claimed that he won the election, urging the court to declare him winner of the election, having scored majority of the lawful votes in the election.

Ogun PDP To Commence State Congress In February

pdpThe Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has fixed February 2016 for the commencement of its congress.

The congress is expected to usher in new executive members at the ward, local governments and state levels to pilot the affairs of the party in the coming years.

The disclosure was made by the Chairman of the PDP, Mr Bayo Dayo, in Ijebu-Igbo on Sunday, during a reception organized for members of the party representing the state at both the National and State Assemblies.

While admonishing party faithful and supporters to continue to be united for the progress of the party, Mr Dayo said that the era of impunity and indiscipline among members was over in the PDP as the party was ready to maintain sanity and reposition it for victory

Responding to questions from reporters after the event, the Vice Chairman, House Committee on States and Local Government Administration representing Ogun East senatorial district, Mr Buruji Kashamu, lauded the ongoing fight against corruption by the Federal Government.

Mr Kashamu, however, urged Nigerians to rise above party and religious persuasions in this direction

The party also reflected on the Appeal Court’s judgment which returned members of the party serving at the State and National Assemblies, who were hitherto sacked by the Election Petition Tribunal, as a reflection of the hope for the masses from the judiciary.

Tribunal Upholds Ajimobi’s Election As Governor Of Oyo State

Tribunal Set To Decide Ajimobi Fate TodayThe Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Oyo State, south-west Nigeria, has upheld the election of Governor Abiola Ajimobi in the April 11 polls.

The judgment was delivered on Tuesday by the Justice Mohammed Aliyu Mayaki-led election Petition Tribunal, amidst tight security around the premises of the sitting.

The petition was filed by the Accord Party governorship flag bearer, Senator Rashidi Ladoja.

Justice Mayaki in his ruling submitted that the petitioner failed to link the evidences before the Tribunal to specific portions of the petition.

He declared that the petitioner lacked the ability to prove evidence before the Tribunal.

According to him, all the witnesses invited by the petitioner presented contradictory evidence before the Tribunal.

Meanwhile, various forms if celebrations have started across the state but the security agents are still on ground in strategic places to avoid any breakdown of law and order.

Security had been beefed up in areas surrounding the premises of the Iyaganku Magistrate Court in Ibadan, the state capital, where the proceedings would take place.

Security officials led by the state’s Commissioner of Police, Adeleye Oyebade, cordoned off all access roads to the court, while traffic control efforts were doubled due to the diversions.

Shops around the courts were also closed down, while everyone entering the court premises including lawyers were thoroughly searched.

Delta Governorship Tribunal Upholds Okowa’s Election

delta governor Ifeanyi OkowaThe Delta State governorship election tribunal sitting in Asaba the state capital has thrown out the petition by the Labour Party  and its governorship candidate, Great Ogboru, against the PDP.

The tribunal upheld the election of the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

In its judgement, the tribunal held that the APC could not prove that the governorship poll was characterised by irregularities.

The three-man tribunal’s chairman, Justice Nasiru Gunmi, also said that the Labour Party’s petition lacked merit. He directed the plaintiff to pay fines of 50,000 naira to each of the respondents.

The first respondent in the case is the Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa while the second and third respondents are the PDP and the electoral commission, INEC.