Edo Election: Petition Tribunal Continues Sitting

The Edo Governorship Election Petition Tribunal shortly before sitting in Benin City on December 8, 2020.

 

The Edo Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has continued its sitting at the State High Court in Benin City.

The pre-hearing session commenced yesterday with five petitions filed against the victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki in the September 19 governorship election.

However, in the third petition filed by the Action Alliance and another against Obaseki, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the counsel to the second respondent, Onyechi Ikpeazu raised the concern that the petitioner had abandoned the petition had failed to apply for a mandatory application.

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He submitted that the Tribunal did not have the jurisdiction to go further with the petition.

The counsel to the petitioner, Steven Osaigbovo also urged the tribunal to disapprove of the application as it was made orally.

The tribunal thereafter fixed ruling on the application for Friday, December 11.

Over One Million Persons Sign UK Petition Against Suspending Parliament

 

An online petition opposing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s move Wednesday to suspend parliament weeks before Brexit garnered more than one million signatures within a few hours.

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On its website, the petition states “parliament must not be prorogued or dissolved unless and until” Britain’s departure from the European Union, scheduled for October 31, has been extended or cancelled.

EFCC Arrest ABU Graduate For Fraud

 

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Lagos Zonal office, has arrested a 32-year-old suspected fraudster, Loretta Okonkwo, for obtaining money under false pretense.

Okonkwo, a graduate of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, was arrested on July 19, 2019 in Lagos, following a petition received by the Commission about her fraudulent activities.

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The complainant alleged that he invested in Recharge and Make Money Limited, a company belonging to the suspect.

The petitioner further alleged that the suspect, however, reneged on her promise to offer him a percentage of the proceeds on his investment and also refused to refund him.

The suspect will soon be arraigned in court.

Tribunal Orders INEC To Allow PDP, Atiku Access All Electoral Materials

 

A three-man panel of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja has granted PDP and Atiku Abubakar access to all electoral materials used in the presidential elections. 

The panel on Wednesday heard the ex-parte motion filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, seeking an order granting them access to inspect the electoral materials used for the February 23 polls.

 

 

Atiku filed an ex-parte motion at the Court of Appeal in Abuja, asking for various orders of the court to allow him to access all documents used by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the conduct of the presidential election.

The ex-parte motion prayed for an order compelling INEC to allow them to inspect the register and other vital documents used in the conduct of the election unhindered.

In delivering its ruling, the panel ordered INEC to allow the appellant access to all electoral materials to enable the applicant file and maintain an electoral petition.

However, the court refused prayers 3 to 5 which sought scanning and forensic audit. Stating that a forensic audit does not fall under the terms envisaged by section 151 of the electoral act.

The panel led by Justice Abdul Aboki agreed unanimously to the ruling, hence, the motion was granted in part.

Other members of the panel include Justices Peter Ige and Emmanuel Agim.

Osun Assembly Dismisses Petition Against Aregbesola

aregbesolaThe Osun State House of Assembly has dismissed the petition by Justice Folahanmi Oloyede seeking for the impeachment of the State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, following the recommendation of the 7-man ad-hoc committee set up to investigate the petition.

The lawmakers said that the petition should be dismissed because the petitioner abandoned her claims by refusing to appear before the ad-hoc committee to substantiate the various allegations levelled against the Governor and the Deputy Governor of Osun State in her petition.

‎The committee also recommended that the state’s Judicial Service Commission should take a disciplinary action against the petitioner, Justice Folahanmi Oloyede, a serving judge in the State High Court.

Background
On June 23, 2015, the Osun State House of Assembly received a petition from Justice Folahanmi Oloyede, urging the House to investigate   Governor Rauf Aregbesola and his deputy, Titi Laoye Tomori for misappropriation of state funds.

Thereafter,  the House constituted a 7-man ad-hoc ‎committee with a mandate of two weeks to investigate the allegations levelled against the Governor.

The committee, in the course of the investigation, invited the petitioner to lay credence to her claim, an invitation which she never honoured. Instead of her appearing before the committee, her legal team showed up claiming that the response of the Governor to the petition had not been forwarded.

The lawmakers then said that based on available facts, the committee has recommended that the petition against Governor Aregbesola be dismissed on the grounds that it was an embodiment of emotions and laden with political undertone among others.

‎Speaker of the House, Najeem Salaam, while commenting on the report and its recommendations, pointed out that although the petitioner’s action was against judiciary etiquette , the House took it upon itself to investigate her claims, in order to honour her right to freedom of expression.

The Speaker also made it clear that the report of the 7-man ad-hoc committee and all the other petitions received by the House against Justice Folahanmi Oloyede would be presented to the EFCC and ICPC.

 

INEC Distributes Materials To States

Election Update INEC distribute materials The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has started the distribution of sensitive electoral materials to different states in Nigeria ahead of Saturday’s governorship election.

On Thursday, the INEC in Akwa Ibom State, south-south Nigeria, sent materials to electoral officers for the 31 local government areas in the state.

The State Resident Electoral commissioner (REC) in a closed door meeting with an elder  statesman, Mr Don Etiebet, gave the assurances that the commission would provide a level playing field for all parties in the election.

Mr Etiebet is canvassing support for the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state.

Meanwhile, the APC in the state had earlier lodged a complaint against the conduct of last month’s Presidential election, saying INEC should ensure that the state REC, Austin Okojie, does not conduct the April 11 governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state.

INEC, in response to allegations against RECs, said that the commission would look at the substance in the petitions before it would take a position.