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.

Court To Hear NBA’s Suit Challenging NDDC Boss Removal On July 5

Court on NDDC boss Bassey Dan Abia removal A Federal High Court in Akwa Ibom State will on July 05 hear a case filed by the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), challenging the removal of Bassey Dan Abia as Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The lawyers association is also questioning the replacement of the NDDC boss with Mrs Ibim Semenitari.

Honourable Justice F. Riman presiding over the case had adjourned hearing till July to ensure both parties had enough time to respond to the issues raised.

The Akwa Ibom State chapter of the NBA is asking the court to nullify the removal of Mr Abia as MD of the NDDC and his replacement with Mrs Semenitari by President Mohammadu Buhari.

It further sought the appointment of an indigene of Akwa Ibom State to complete the tenure of the state on the board of the body.

Mr Abia was appointed MD of the NDDC in 2013 by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

His appointment was terminated by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 before the end of a five-year tenure.

Gov. Mimiko Swears In New Ondo LG Chairmen

OndoOndo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has urged the newly elected local government‎ chairmen in the state to employ team dynamics and good human management in their administration.

The Governor stated this while delivering his address at the swearing-in ceremony for the 18 chairmen in Akure, the State Capital.

Governor Mimiko informed the audience that his administration decided to dissolve the existing local government administration he met in 2009 because it was constituted illegally.

He advised the new chairmen to work together with the career officers, the councillors and traditional rulers‎ in their councils.

Mimiko also advised them to embrace exemplary leadership, transparency and accountability and equally maintain peace and security of their people.

The Chairman of Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC), Prof. Olugbenga Ige, had earlier in the day, presented Certificates of Return to the chairmen at the commission’s office in Akure.

The swearing-in ceremony held at the International Culture and Eve‎nts Centre, Akure, top government officials including members of the state cabinet, legislators, as well as traditional rulers, relatives and friends of the chairmen witnessed the occasion.

PDP Wins All 18 LG Chairmanship Seats In Ondo

pdpThe Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC) has announced the final results of Sunday’s local government elections in the state.

Announcing the results at the ODIEC office in Akure, the Chairman, Prof. Olugbenga Ige, announced that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won all the 18 chairmanship positions.

He added that the PDP also won 202 councillorship seats out of the 203 seats available, while the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) won the remaining one seat.

He described the conduct of the election as peaceful and the results very impressive.

The APC, which is the major opposition party in the state, ‎has since decided to boycott the elections, which held on Saturday, April 23, 2016.

This was after the Federal Court of Appeal ‎in Akure, the Ondo State capital struck out the case filed by the party to stop the Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission from conducting the local government election.

The Appeal Court held that the Federal High Court does not have the jurisdiction over matters involving the conduct of local government elections.

Appeal Court Strikes Out APC’s Suit Against Ondo LG Elections

LG ElectionsThe Federal Court of Appeal ‎in Akure, the Ondo State capital has struck out the case filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state stopping the Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission from conducting local government election in the state.

The presiding judge, Justice Folashade Olubanjo, quoting copiously from several sections of the Nigerian Constitution and previously decided cases at the Supreme Court, said that the Federal High Court does not have the jurisdiction over matters involving the conduct of local government elections.

She added that it would amount to judicial pettiness to make pronouncement on the suit when issues on the dissolution of the ‎former councils were still pending before the Supreme Court.

The APC, the major opposition party in the state ‎has since decided to boycott the elections, which is scheduled to hold on Saturday, April 23, 2016.

Court Remands Badeh In Kuje Prison

alex badehA Federal High Court in Abuja has remanded a former Chief of Defence Staff in Nigeria, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, in Kuje Prison after he pleaded not guilty to a 10-count charge of money laundering. 

The court order came after an anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), at Monday’s proceeding asked the court to remand the former Chief of Defence Staff.

But in an attempt to make a bail application, the counsel to Air Chief Marshal Badeh, drew the attention of the court to a motion for bail filed by his client on March 2.

The presiding judge, Justice Obong Abang, however, held that the motion was not competent, as the court could only exercises jurisdiction over an accused person when he is arraigned.

Justice Abang thereafter struck out the application for lack of merit, but obliged the request of the accused person’s lawyer to hear the bail application in the shortest possible time.

Meanwhile, the Director of Public Prosecution told the court that he would not be able to commence with the trial.

The trial judge then adjourned till March 19 to hear the bail application.

Air Chief Marshall Badeh is alleged to have used funds of the Nigeria Air Force to purchase choice property in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.

According to the EFCC, he illegally used Six million Naira to renovate his son’s house, which he purchased for 260 million Naira in Abuja between January and December 2013.

The former Defence Chief is also alleged to have used 876 million Naira belonging to the Nigerian Air Force to build a shopping mall in  Abuja.

On March 4, a Federal High Court in Abuja turned down a fundamental rights enforcement application filed by Air Chief Marshal Badeh.

Mr Badeh in his application, sought the enforcement of his fundamental rights to liberty pending when the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) would be ready to charge him.

But the presiding judge, Justice James Tsoho, said that there was a subsisting withholding charge order by a Magistrate Court in Lagos, which gave the Anti-graft agency the right to detain him.

The former Chief of Defence Staff is facing a 10-count charge on money laundering and criminal breach of trust to the tune of 3.9 billion Naira.

Synagogue Building Collapse: Court To Rule On February 8

SynagogueThe Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja has fixed February 8 to rule on the applications filed by the two engineers indicted in the collapse of the six-storey building belonging to the Synagogue Church Of All Nations.

The collapsed building which came down in the Ikotun area of Lagos State in September 2014 led to the death of 116 persons, mostly nationals of South Africa.

In the application, the engineers, Oladele Ogundele and Akinbola Fatiregun, who have been charged on 110 counts of involuntary manslaughter, are challenging the validity of the service of the charges on them.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo, had on December 11, 2015, granted an application by the prosecution to serve the engineers through substituted means by pasting the court processes on the front doors of their residential houses in the Alagbado and Ikeja areas of Lagos.

This was done to compel the engineers to come before the court to face the charges against them.

Through their lawyers, however, the two defendants are contending that the order to serve them by substituted means was wrongfully granted by Justice Lawal-Akapo.

Court To Rule On Kashamu’s Human Rights Suit Nov 18  

KashamuA Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has fixed November 18, 2015, to rule on the fundamental human rights case filed by Senator Buruji Kashamu against the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF).

Senator Kashamu is praying for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the NDLEA and the AGF from taking over his property, including a 24-flat housing estate at Egbe and several hectares of land on Lekki Peninsula, Lagos, worth over 20 billion naira.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Ibrahim Buba, adjourned the case for ruling, after hearing the arguments of both parties.

The AGF in its preliminary objection, said that Senator Kashamu’s suit is premature, incompetent and an abuse of court processes and asked the court to dismiss it.

Meanwhile, Senator Kashamu’s lawyer, Mr. Ajibola Oluyede, said that his client was in court to protect his fundamental right to own property as enshrined under Sections 43 and 44 of the 1999 Constitution.

A judge of the Federal High Court in Lagos, Justice Ibrahim Buba, had earlier refused to disqualify himself from adjudicating on the suit.

He restrained the NDLEA from arresting or extraditing Kashamu to the United States of America, where he was allegedly wanted.

But the NDLEA asked the judge to ‘hands off’ the trial.‎ It said that since Justice Buba, on June 23, reaffirmed a May 27 order by Justice Okon Abang of the same court, stopping Kashamu’s arrest, he might not be fair in the case.

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.

Kebbi Governorship Election: Court Dismisses PDP Suit

akwa ibom-tribunal-kebbiThe Court of Appeal sitting in the Sokoto Judicial Division has dismissed the appeal filed by Gen. Bello Sarkin Yaki and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against the ruling of the Kebbi State governorship election petition tribunal, for lack of merit.

Delivering judgment on the three issues for determination by the court, the Presiding Judge, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, stated that the issues raised for appeal were resolved against the appellants, with a cost of 50,000 naira ordered in favour of each of the respondents and against the appellants.

On August 11, 2015, the Kebbi State tribunal had dismissed the PDP’s petition saying the PDP and its candidates had abandoned their petition against the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate and winner of the governorship election, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu.

Aggrieved by the decision in the said ruling, the PDP and its candidate filed notice of appeal which was decided against them by the five Justices of the Appeal Court in Sokoto.

With this judgment by the Court of Appeal, the election of Senator Bello Sarkin Yaki of the APC as governor of Kebbi State stands, until the appellants head to the Supreme Court.

Court Convicts Michael Igbinedion For Money Laundering

michael igbinedion alledged for money launderingThe Federal High Court in Benin City, the Edo State capital, has convicted Michael Igbinedion, of three and seven count charges respectively.

The younger brother to the former Edo State Governor, Lucky Igbinedion, alongside Mr Eboigbodin were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on 81 count charge for money laundering, misappropriation of funds, conspiracy and abuse of office.

After almost four hours of reading the judgment, the Presiding Judge, Justice Liman, called for a recess which later became the end of the day’s sitting.

The sentencing of the duo is expected to come up on Thursday, April 30, 2015.

 

Deregistered Parties Seek Fresh Registration As DPC

INEC websiteAhead of the 2015 general elections, the Democratic People’s Congress has dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, before a Federal High Court in Abuja over alleged failure of the electoral body to register the association as a political party.

Lawyer to the plaintiffs, Mr Ezekiel Ofou, in an originating summon, asked the court to determine, whether it was right for INEC in the conduct of its statutory and constitutional duty to neglect, refuse and fail to register the plaintiff’s association, having satisfied all requirements for registration as a political party as stipulated in the 1999 Constitution and the 2010 Electoral Act.

Reverend Olusegun Peters and 4 others, who are the plaintiffs, are praying the court for a declaration that the refusal of the defendants to register their association as a political party was wrong, unjust, unreasonable, discriminatory, unfair and unconstitutional.

They also want the court to declare that the plaintiff’s association is statutorily deemed to have been registered as a political party pursuant to Section 48 Sub-Section 4 of the 2010 Electoral Act as amended.

Presiding Judge, Gabriel Kolawole, subsequently adjourned the suit to April 2 for hearing.