Edo Gov Election: Hearing Of Petitions Against Obaseki, Others Continues

A photo combination of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and a court gavel.

 

The hearing of the petitioner’s case in the Action Democratic Party and Emmanuel Iboi against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Godwin Obaseki, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Osagie Ize-Iyamu, continued on Tuesday before the Edo governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Benin City the Edo State capital.

The tribunal admitted in evidence, an affidavit of correction of date of birth and statutory declaration of date of birth of Iboi Emmanuel both dated June 18, 2019.

Also in another petition which the Action Peoples Party (APP) filed against Godwin Obaseki, the PDP and INEC, the first respondent opened his defence, calling one witness through whom some documents were tendered and admitted in evidence.

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The witness, a legal practitioner, Mr. Charity Iguodala Aiguobarueghian was also cross-examined by the counsel to the 2nd and 3rd respondents, as well as the counsel to the petitioner.

The petitioner’s counsel, Chikaosolu Ojukwu who had closed his case on January 15, also today sought via an exparte application, the tribunal’s assistance in securing the attendance of the chairman of INEC at the tribunal.

This application was not granted as the tribunal ruled that he had closed his case and did not apply to set that closing aside.

Supreme Court Upholds Kebbi Elections In Favour Of Bagudu

kebbiA Supreme Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed a petition filed by the PDP governorship candidate during the April governorship elections Bello Sarkin Yaki against Atiku Bagudu of the APC.

During a judgment on Tuesday in Abuja, the Supreme Court declared Atiku Bagudu as the validly elected Governor of Kebbi State after the counsel to the petitioner failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the election in Kebbi State was rigged.

According to the presiding judge, Justice Walter Samuel, detailed reasons for the dismissal would be given by the Supreme Court on November 13, 2015.

Meanwhile, Governor Atiku Bagudu, in a reaction to the judgement, has commended the nation’s judiciary for standing firm on the delivery of justice without fear or favour as he promised to execute developmental projects for the people of Kebbi State in the next four years.

Supreme Court Orders Retrial Of Petition Against Gombe Governor

Supreme courtThe Supreme Court has ordered the Gombe State governorship election petition tribunal to re-try the petition against the Governor Ibrahim Dakwambo of the People Democratic Party (PDP).

In a judgement delivered by a full panel of the apex court, the court unanimously dismissed the appeal ‎on ground that the tribunal had only emphasised on technicalities in arriving at its decision.

Reading the judgement, Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun held that the tribunal was wrong to have dismissed the petition on ground of technicalities.

The tribunal sitting in Gombe had earlier dismissed the petition filed by the African Democratic Congress (ADC) challenging the victory of Governor Dankwambo in the April 11 governorship elections.

The petition was nullified and dismissed by the tribunal on the ground of competency of the petitioner’s counsel, Sam Kagbo, as a legal practitioner.

The petitioner’s counsel had signed the petition as Sam Kagbo whereas on the roll of lawyers, the name is Sam Peter Kagbo.

Not satisfied with the ruling, ADC approached the Court of Appeal challenging the decision and the Court of Appeal in its judgement ordered the tribunal to retry the petition.

Governor Dakwambo later approached the apex court seeking to set aside the decision of the Court of Appeal.

Tribunal Dismisses APC Petition Against Fayose, APC To Appeal

FayoseThe election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja on the Ekiti State governorship election has dismissed the petition filed by the All Progressives Congress, APC, against the election of Governor Ayodele Fayose.

The petition was dismissed on all grounds by the Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Mohammed Ibrahim-Siraju, on the grounds that the petitioner failed to substantiate the allegations with evidence.

Justice Siraju, in his judgement that lasted over four hours, held that the petitioners failed to prove all the allegations raised against the Governor.

The APC had, among others issues, demanded that the election of Fayose be nullified because it was heavily militarized and that its officers and members were arrested, molested and detained during the election.

The party also claimed that Fayose was not qualified to have stood for the election in the first instance, having been indicted by a probe panel and impeached during his first tenure of office for breach of code of conduct.

APC To Appeal

The All Progressives Congress, APC has said that it would file an appeal against the ruling of the tribunal because the court did not say that the issues raised were untrue.

Spokesman for the APC in Ekiti State, Mr Taiwo Olatunbosun, insisted that the party would get justice from the Appeal Court.

He explained that the APC raised issues of perjury against the PDP candidate, Ayo Fayose, who the party accused of storming the court to disturb proceedings before the trial judge, Justice Femi Ogunyemi.

The APC also called on the National Judicial Council to intervene in what it called a miscarriage of justice by the tribunal.

Ekiti State Election Tribunal Begins Sitting

APCThe Ekiti State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ado Ekiti, on Wednesday, commenced proceedings in the petition filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) challenging the June 21 governorship election.

The candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Ayo Fayose, had emerged winner in a landslide victory which knocked out incumbent governor, Kayode Fayemi, the APC candidate.

However, after Governor Fayemi conceded defeat to Fayose, through a State-wide broadcast, the APC decried the election process, as well as some of the activities leading up to the day of the election, including the arrest of some top APC members.

The Party further announced its plans to contest the result of the election in Court.

The Tribunal in Ado-Ekiti sat to consider an ex parte motion filed by the APC seeking the leave of the court to inspect the Independent National Electoral Commission materials used for the election.

The APC through its counsel, Kabiru Akingbolu withdrew the ex- parte motion after the re-evaluation of the matter by the petitioner.

The motion filed had sought the permission of the tribunal for the electoral umpire to allow the APC to inspect the ballot papers used at June 21 poll.

The motion was however struck out by the Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Ibrahim Muhammad Siraju.

PDP, ACN Ask Court To Nullify Mimiko’s Election

The premises of the Ondo State High Court, Akure, the venue of the tribunal hearing the petitions against the result of October 20, 2012 governorship election, in which INEC declared Olusegun Mimiko as the winner was filled to capacity, with heavy security presence.

This was due to the appearance of the three main candidates in the election: Governor  Mimiko of the Labour Party, Rotimi Akeredolu of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Olusola Oke of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), parties’ officials and loyalists at the venue.

The tribunal proceeding of the day was the adoption of the written addresses of the petitions.

The counsel of the appellants, Akin Olujimi of ACN and Patrick Ikweator of PDP prayed the tribunal to nullify the governorship election because it was characterised by irregularities including the over-bloating of the voter’s register and non-accreditation of voters in some parts of the state.

However, the counsels to Governor Mimiko, Wole Olanipekun; LP, Yusuf Ali and Onyechi Ikpeasu of INEC prayed the tribunal to quash the two petitions and affirm the result of the governorship election because the claims of the petitioners lacked merit and could not be substantiated.

At the end of the adoption procedures, Mr Mimiko’s Counsel on behalf of the legal teams thanked the tribunal judges for their tolerance and understanding.

The Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Andover Ka’kaan thanked all parties involved in the tribunal for their tremendous cooperation. He commended the conduct of the legal counsels for peacefully resolving all arguments in the petitions.

Justice Ka’kaan however adjourned judgement in the two petitions till a later date; adding that all concerned parties will be duly notified of the date.

The Chairman of the three man election tribunal, Justice Andover Kaa’kaan has promised that the judgement will be fair and just; and virtually all the people of Ondo State are eagerly waiting for this.