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The supreme court will on Monday hear the appeal filed by Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), challenging the judgment which affirmed the election of President Bola Tinubu. The court sent out hearing notices to the counsels for the respective parties on Thursday. Abubakar and the PDP had filed a petition challenging the outcome of the February 25 presidential election. Among several issues raised, the petitioners alleged that the election was fraught with irregularities and substantial non-compliance with the Electoral Act. They also alleged that Tinubu and Vice-President Kashim Shettima were not qualified to contest and…
The Supreme Court has constituted a seven-member panel of justices to hear the appeal in the petitions filed by three presidential candidates challenging the outcome of the February 25 election. The notices for the hearing were served on the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar; that of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi and the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Chichi Ojei. The notices signed by Zainab M. Garba in the office of the registrar, said by the Order 2 Rule 1(2) of the Supreme Court’s Rules 1985 as amended, the notice is deemed as sufficiently served…
Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has asked the supreme court to grant his application seeking to tender fresh evidence against President Bola Tinubu. Abubakar also asked the court to overlook technicalities to allow him to present the evidence in the interest of justice. The former vice-president and his party are challenging Tinubu’s victory at the presidential poll and the verdict of the election tribunal upholding the outcome of the February 25 election. Abubakar had alleged that Tinubu’s academic records were fraught with discrepancies and forgeries. His request for the US court for the northern district…
Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, is insisting that Peter Obi, candidate of Labour Party in the 2023 Presidential election, defeated President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Lawal had raised dust when he said the candidate who came third according to the results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) won the election. Felix Morka, National Publicity Secretary of the APC, had asked Lawal to refrain from peddling falsehood. Morka, who described Lawal as a burden to himself, said the former SGF was in need of counselling. In a lengthy statement…
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says its results viewing portal is to enhance election transparency and not a result collation or transmission system. INEC director of ICT, Paul Omokore, gave the clarification in his presentation titled, “The role of BVAS, IReV for Bayelsa, Kogi and Imo governorship elections” at a two-day capacity workshop for journalists in Akwanga, headquarters of Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa State. Omokore called on journalists and members of the public not to confuse uploading of polling unit results to INEC Result Viewing Portal (IReV), with electronic transmission of results. He said INEC Bimodal Voter Accreditation…
Babachir Lawal, a former secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), says Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) won the 2023 presidential election. Lawal, in a statement on Tuesday, said Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), came second, while Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) came a distant third in the poll. “I have resisted the temptation to engage in the contemporary political discourse since the February 2023 election faux pas,” the statement reads. “I did this for two reasons; the first being that as an active player in the drama, I needed…
All Progressives Congress (APC) says Babachir Lawal, a former secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), needs “counselling” because he is “disconnected from reality”. The ruling party was reacting to a statement by Lawal where he claimed that Peter Obi, candidate of the Labour Party (LP), won the presidential poll. He said President Bola Tinubu, who was declared as winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), came “a distant third”. In a statement on Tuesday, Felix Morka, APC spokesperson, said the former SGF is peddling “gibberish” because Obi lost the election. “Clearly, the defeat of…
Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last elections, says his change of name is well documented in an affidavit deposed to over 50 years ago. In a statement on Sunday by Paul Ibe, his spokesperson, the former vice-president said President Bola Tinubu is attempting to drag him into “his drowning arena of forgery”. On October 10, Abubakar clarified the discrepancy in the name on his West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) certificate which has “Siddiq” on it. The development comes amid a certificate forgery allegation against Tinubu. Describing Tinubu as a “forger-in-chief”, Abubakar said the…
President Bola Tinubu has said the appeal by the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, is lacking in merit, substance and good faith. Tinubu who said Obi’s appeal which was based on allegations dismissed at the election petition tribunal, argued that the presidential election was peacefully conducted all over the country, and the results of elections were carefully and accurately recorded in the various forms of EC8As. This was contained in a response by his lead counsel, Wole Olanipekun, to the appeal filed by Obi challenging the decision of the tribunal. He said, ”The entire petition was nothing…
President Bola Tinubu has asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the appeal by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, challenging his election during the February 25 election for abuse of court process. In his reply, Tinubu’s lawyers led by Wole Olanipekun asked the apex court to dismiss Atiku’s appeal for lacking in merit and bona fide, adding that he had only sought reliefs targeted at the president without canvassing issues that would benefit them in their final written address. “The logical conclusion from this approbative and reprobative posture of the appellants is that deep down…
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