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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Atiku Vs Buhari: Four Key Decisions Reached In The Rulings Delivered So Far

Atiku Vs Buhari: Four Key Decisions Reached In The Rulings Delivered So Far

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, on Wednesday, delivered some rulings in some applications that had been brought by parties to the petition.

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, on Wednesday, delivered some rulings in some applications that had been brought by parties to the petition.

Below are some of the four key decisions that the Tribunal led by Justice Mohammed Garba have delivered:



1.  Vice-presidential candidate not a necessary party in election. Petitions are not incompetent because VicePresident Yemi Osinbajo was not joined as a party to the petition.

2. Petitioners’ lead counsel, Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), has his name of the roll of lawyers who can practise in Nigeria. So all the documents filed and signed by him in respect of the petition are validly filed.

3. Non-qualification of Atiku to contest on the grounds that he is a Cameroonian alleged by the respondents could not be brought up in the reply to the petition. Buhari ought to have filed it as a cross-petition

4. Allegations of the petitioners that security agencies were used to rig elections are incompetent because the individuals and intitutions accused were not joined.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

BREAKING: Buhari, IGP, NSA, NIA DG In Closed Door Meeting In Aso Rock

BREAKING: Buhari, IGP, NSA, NIA DG In Closed Door Meeting In Aso Rock

BREAKING: Buhari, IGP, NSA, NIA DG Meet In Aso Rock

On Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari met behind closed doors with the heads of some security agencies.

The meeting was held at the President’s office, in Abuja.

At the meeting were the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu; National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai-Abubakar.

The meeting, according to sources, may not be unconnected with security situation in the country and the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa.

The DG of NIA, who led the President’s special envoy to South Africa over the xenophobic attacks, had submitted his report - Thenationonlineng reports
Atiku Vs Buhari: More Collision As Tribunal Delivers Judgement Wednesday

Atiku Vs Buhari: More Collision As Tribunal Delivers Judgement Wednesday

Atiku Vs Buhari: More Collision As Tribunal Delivers Judgement Wednesday

There is an undeniable tension, as the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has fixed Wednesday to deliver judgement on the petition seeking to nullify President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election.

The Justice Mohammed Garba-led five member panel tribunal had on August 21, reserved its verdict on the petition the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, lodged to challenge the outcome of the February 23 presidential election that was declared in favour of President Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

The tribunal is mandated under section134 (1) to (3) of the Electoral Act, 2010, to determine the petition that was filed on March 18, within 180 days. The constitutionlly stipulated timeframe was due to elapse on Saturday, September 14, a development that fuelled speculations that the verdict could be delivered on Friday. However, lawyers in the matter, on Tuesday, confirmed to Vanguard that the tribunal has notified all the parties that the judgement day is on Wednesday. It will be recalled that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had on February 27, declared that Buhari won the presidential contest with 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest rival, Atiku, who it said polled a total of 11,262,978 votes.

However, in their joint petition marked CA/PEPC/002/2019, Atiku and his party, insisted that data they secured from INEC’s server, revealed that contrary to the result that was announced, they defeated President Buhari with over 1.6million votes The petitioners maintained that proper collation and summation of the presidential election results would show that contrary to what INEC declared, Atiku, garnered a total of 18,356,732 votes, ahead of Buhari who they said got a total of 16,741,430 votes.

They alleged that INEC had at various stages of the election, unlawful allocated votes to President Buhari, insisting that the announced result did not represent the lawful valid votes cast. Atiku and PDP further alleged that in some states, INEC deducted lawful votes that accrued to him, in its bid to ensure that Buhari was returned back to office.

Aside challenging the outcome of the election in 11 states of the federation, the petitioners, alleged that President Buhari lied about his educational qualifications in the Form CF 001 he submitted to INEC to contest the presidential poll.

Meanwhile, though the petitioners initially said they would produce 400 witnesses to prove their case, they however closed their case on July 19 after they called a total of 62 witnesses and tendered over 40,000 documents. The petitioners, through their witnesses that comprised of Information Technology Experts and Polling/Collation Agents, insisted before the tribunal that result of the presidential election was electronically transmitted to a central server, using the Smart Card Reader Machines.

Even though INEC which was sued as the 1st Respondent, failed to call any witness, it vehemently refuted the claim that results were electronically transmitted. The electoral body told the tribunal that the 1999 Constitution, as amended, and the Electoral Act, only made provision for manual collation of results using the Form EC8 Series. INEC said it decided not to call witnesses in the matter having realised that the petitioners presented a very bad case. It argued that the petitioners failed to by way of credible evidence, prove beyond doubt that the election was allegedly rigged against them in 11 states of the federation.

 On his part, President Buhari who is the 2nd Respondent, on August 1, closed his defence after he produced seven witnesses that testified before the tribunal. Through his witnesses, President Buhari maintained that he validly won the presidential election, even as he tendered a Cambridge Assessment International Certified Statement of West African School Certificate issued in 1961, as well as photographs he took with his classmates in Katsina Provincial Secondary School, to prove that he has the requisite educational qualification.

Nevertheless, while adopting his final brief of argument, President Buhari, through his team of lawyers led by Chief Wole Olanipekun,  SAN, argued that no law in the country stipulated that he must produce his certificates to prove his eligibility to contest the presidential election. He contended that the 1999 Constitution, as amended, only required him to be educated. President Buhari therefore urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition as grossly lacking in merit and substance. Similarly, the APC which is the 3rd Respondent, sought the dismissal of the petition, even though it did not call any witness.

The APC argued that the petitioners failed to call sufficient witnesses, especially Polling Unit Agents and Voters, to prove alleged electoral malpractices and non-compliance with the Electoral Act across the federation. The party further argued that Atiku did not disprove the allegation that he was not eligible to contest the election in view of the fact that he was originally from Cameroon and not a Nigerian by birth. Nonetheless, the petitioners, through their lead counsel, Dr. Livy Uzoukwu, SAN, urged the tribunal to hold that they successfully made out case to warrant Buhari’s sack.

 Uzoukwu said it was absurd for INEC to claim that it does not have an electronic storage device it kept data from the last presidential election. Aside pointing out discrepancy in the name on the Cambridge certificate Buhari tendered before the tribunal which bore the name ‘Mohamed’ instead of ‘Muhammadu’, the petitioners noted that witnesses and the military board, denied that Buhari’s set in the Army were ever asked to surrender their certificates for safe keeping. Specifically, the petitioners are seeking the following reliefs: “That it may be determined that the 2nd Respondent (Buhari) was not duly elected by a majority of lawful votes cast in the said election and therefore the declaration and return of the 2nd Respondent by the 1st Respondent as the President of Nigeria is unlawful, undue, null, void and of no effect.

“That it may be determined that the 1st Petitioner (Atiku) was duly and validly elected and ought to be returned as President of Nigeria, having polled the highest number of lawful votes cast at the election to the office of the President of Nigeria held on 23rd February 2019 and having satisfied the constitutional requirements for the said election. “An order directing the 1st Respondent (INEC) to issue Certificate of Return to the 1st Petitioner as the duly elected President of Nigeria.

“That it may be determined that the 2nd Respondent was at the time of the election not qualified to contest the said election. “That it may be determined that the 2nd Respondent submitted to the Commission affidavit containing false information of a fundamental nature in aid of his qualification for the said election”. In the alternative, “That the election to the office of the President of Nigeria held on 23rd February 2019 be nullified and a fresh election ordered”. In his preliminary objection however, President Buhari argued that every aspect of the petition grounded on or relating to electronic data purportedly retrieved or downloaded from INEC’s server were liable to be struck out, “same being incompetent and not rooted in any existing legislation”.

He said: “That there were no incidences of corrupt practices at the election of 23rd  February, 20l9, as alleged by the Petitioners; and that the declaration and return of the respondent President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is valid and in compliance with the provisions of the Constitution, the Electoral Act, and all other Laws, Rules, Guidelines and Regulations, regulating the election. “That the election of the respondent as the elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is valid and was conducted in substantial compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act.

“Contrary to paragraph 17 of the petition, the respondent states that the petitioners scored a total of 11,262,978 votes, trailing far behind the respondent who scored a total of 15,191,847 votes, with a margin of 3.328.869 votes”. Contending that he validly earned the number of votes that were credited to him by INEC, Buhari, said there was “nothing affecting the integrity of the election as there was nothing untoward on the Form ECBDM and no calculation errors can he revealed by any genuine forensic examination or statistical analysis in respect of the election”.

“The 1st respondent was duly elected by the majority of lawful votes cast at the election to the office of the President, and  shall at the trial, rely on [NBC FORMS 3C8 MA) and ECBE, issued by the 1st respondent at the election. “The respondent further states that he did not only score majority of lawful votes cast at the election into the office of President of Nigeria at the election of 23rd February, 2019, convincingly, but also had/has the requisite constitutional spread of one-quater of the total number of votes cast in more than two-thirds of the States of the Federation”, President Buhari argued.

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JUST IN: Shi'ites Snubs Police Warning, Hold Massive Protest In Abuja, 3 Killed[photos]

JUST IN: Shi'ites Snubs Police Warning, Hold Massive Protest In Abuja, 3 Killed[photos]

What appears to be a cat and mouse game between security agents and members of the Islamic Movement Of Nigeria ( IMN ), is currently going in Abuja as Shiites have embarked on its planned massive protest in Abuja.

Photos: Shiites Defy Police Warning, Hold Massive Protest In Abuja, 3Killed

The protest which kicked off at the National Mosque on Friday despite the heavy security presence.

The security agents were stationed to barricade the perimeter of the mosque in the hope that it will disrupt the protest.
Photos: Shiites Defy Police Warning, Hold Massive Protest In Abuja, 3Killed

Armed policemen who have been keeping vigil around the mosque got more than what they bargained for when a mammoth crowd of the members of the group disembarked from vehicles from different directions.

The protesters were chanting anti-government songs calling President Muhammadu Buhari unprintable names.
Photos: Shiites Defy Police Warning, Hold Massive Protest In Abuja, 3Killed

The placard-carrying protesters who divided themselves into different groups are currently heading toward the popular Wuse Market where the flags of the United States of America (USA) and Israel will be burnt.

Photo credit: Saharareporters media
Source: Saharareporters/Legit
Sowore: Judge, Lawyer Exchange Words In Court

Sowore: Judge, Lawyer Exchange Words In Court

Sowore: Judge, Lawyer Exchange Words In Court
A Federal High Court judge in Abuja, Justice Nkeonye Maha, on Monday accused a lawyer, Abubakar Marshal, representing pro-democracy activist and convener of RevolutionNow movement, Omoyele Sowore, of disrupting her court session.

Marshal, who is a member of the team from the chamber of Femi Falana, had approached the judge in the open court shortly before the commencement of proceedings.

He called the attention of the judge to the fact that Sowore’s case file had not been returned back to Justice Taiwo Taiwo one week after Maha excused herself from hearing the matter.

But in her reaction, the judge accused the lawyer of grandstanding and disrupting her court session.

Maha said, “This is administrative, it is not a reason for you to disturb my court. Don't disturb my court over such matters again.

“Please journalists, know what you report, I have no hand in the matter again.”
Unfazed by that accusation, Marshal told the court that it was better for him to approach the judge in the open to avoid any misconception.

He demanded for the case file be taken back to Justice Taiwo, who have since resumed from vacation, for hearing to resume.

Recall that on August 28, Maha had declined to hear Sowore’s appeal over his continued detention of the Department of State Services by claiming that she did not have the jurisdiction to review the decision by Justice Taiwo, who granted an ex-parte order to the DSS to keep the activist for 45 days.

Sowore, through his lawyers, argued that the court breached his constitutionally guaranteed fundamental rights by approving that order for the DSS.

He was arrested in Lagos on August 3 for calling on Nigerians to take to the streets and express their frustration at the poor state of governance in the country.

Despite calls for his release from across the globe, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has continued to hold on to him.

Monday, September 9, 2019

"We Can Not So Soon Forget What Obasanjo, Others Did For Us"  Says IFP Founder, Buthelezi

"We Can Not So Soon Forget What Obasanjo, Others Did For Us" Says IFP Founder, Buthelezi

We Can Not So Soon Forget What Obasanjo, Others Did For Us  Says IFP Founder, Buthelezi

Mr. Mangosuthu Buthelezi - Inkatha Freedom Party founder and traditional prime minister to the Zulu nation has said that South Africans dare not forget or disregard the sacrifices made by former President Olusegun Obasanjo and other African leaders for the nation’s independence.

Buthelezi said this on Sunday in Johannesburg while condemning xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals in South Africa.

In a transcript of Buthelezi's speech shared, highlighted the role, Nigeria played in ensuring that the country gained independence - SowetanLive Reports

He also praised former president, Olusegun Obasanjo’s role and asked if the xenophobic attacks were the best way to pay back the “huge risks African countries like Lesotho, Swaziland, Nigeria, Zambia and Tanzania took on our behalf?”

Buthelezi said, “We dare not forget or disregard all that was done for us by African leaders like His Excellency President Olusegun Obasanjo. As a member of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group, General Obasanjo revealed to the world the real conditions of our people under apartheid. He supported us in our stand against the regime’s plan to deprive us of our citizenship.

“In fact, on the very day that Transkei took so-called independence, President Obasanjo arranged for me and my wife to be in Nigeria so that I could avoid attending Transkei’s independence ceremony. General Obasanjo invited me to Nigeria again this year, where I delivered a lecture in celebration of his 82nd birthday.

“This is one of the giants of Africa. What are we doing to his people?”

During Buthelezi’s speech on Sunday, the mob walked out on him, while chanting, “foreigners must go back to where they came from.”

The resulting violence led to the death of one person.




Elections Tribunal Declares PDP Senator Nwaoboshi Rightful Winner

Elections Tribunal Declares PDP Senator Nwaoboshi Rightful Winner

The National and State House of Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal in Asaba, Delta State capital has dismissed the petition filed by Doris Uboh of the All Progressives Congress (APC), against Senator Nwaoboshi.
Elections Tribunal Declares PDP Senator Nwaoboshi Rightful Winner

The Tribunal upheld the election of Senator Peter Nwaoboshi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), declaring him the rightful winner of the Delta North Senatorial District at the National Assembly.

It was made known that Senator Nwaoboshi polled over 180,000 votes in the election held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 while Uboh scored about 30,000 votes - ThisDay

Uboh then approached the Tribunal, claiming that Nwaoboshi should not have won.

The tribunal said the petition stood dismissed for being statute barred and lacking in merit.

The ruling was handed down by chairman of the three-man panel, Justice E.I. Ngene, who held that there was merit in the objection raised by Senator Nwaoboshi against the competence of the petition and jurisdiction of the tribunal to entertain it having been filed outside the time provided for by law.

Justice Ngene noted that none of the allegations of malpractices made by the petitioner was substantiated or proved beyond any reasonable doubt.

The tribunal also said that the petition was vague, ambiguous and therefore lacked merit.

Meanwhile, it was reported earlier that the Governorship, National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal in Sokoto has dismissed the petition of Sen. Ahmad Maccido.

Sen. Maccido who contested for the Sokoto Central Senatorial District under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), during the 2019 general election but lost, had challenged the winner of the election, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Maccido approached the tribunal alleging that the election was marred by irregularities and non-compliance with laws.

In his judgment, Justice Peter Akhihiero, held that the petitioner was unable to discharge the burden of proof with satisfactory evidence.
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