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APC floors PDP inside Aso Rock

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The ruling All Progressives Congress on Saturday defeated opposition Peoples Democratic Party in the two polling units located inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja during the chairmanship and councillorship elections held in the Federal Capital Territory.

In the two polling units- 021 and 022, APC garnered 290 while PDP got132 votes in the chairmanship election.

A further breakdown of the figure showed that APC got 162 votes in PU 021 and 128 votes in PU 022 while PDP got 70 votes in PU 021 and 62 votes in PU 022.

For the councilorship election, APC garnered 273 votes while PDP got 151 votes from the two polling units.

The election inside the Presidential Villa, like in other parts of the FCT like Asokoro, Maitama and Garki areas among others, witnessed low turnout of voters.

READ ALSO: Security challenges force INEC to halt polls in Chikun Ward, Kaduna State

As of 11 a.m., three hours after voting started, the 14 voting points located on a playing field inside the Presidential Villa were devoid of huge voters that participated in the February 23 presidential and National Assembly elections.

Members of the National Youth Service Corps who served as the Independent National Electoral Commission’s ad hoc staff were in a relaxed mood, unlike what was obtainable during the last elections.

Some were busy gisting, some others were seen glued to their mobile phones while others were taking a nap.

Only a handful of ballot papers were seen inside the 24 ballot boxes placed in front of the voting units, an indication that only a few people had voted as of the time.

The voting cubicles were also empty.

Security agents also were in a relaxed mood as they took their seats under trees.

Some electoral officers were seen falling over one another to attend to a few voters who approached the polling units.

“Leave him, he is my customer.” “No, he is mine,” our correspondent heard two corps members scrambling for a voter.

Having collected and scrutinised his Permanent Voter Card, they later directed the middle-aged man to his polling unit.

During the February 23 elections, plastic chairs were provided for voters who wished to stay back to witness the announcement of results.

Such an arrangement was not made on Saturday as there was no need for it.

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BreakingNews: Court of Appeal nullifies Adeleke’s tribunal victory

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The Court of Appeal on Thursday in Abuja nullified the victory of Ademola Adeleke in the Osun State governorship election petition tribunal.

This was after the appeal filed by the Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola, challenging the declaration of Ademola Adeleke as the duly elected governor by the state election petition tribunal.

The appellate court also set aside the judgement of the tribunal of March 22, which declared Mr Adeleke winner of the election.

A five-member panel of the appeal court led by Jummai Sankey delivered the judgement with three members of the panel agreeing with the lead judgement.

A panel member, Justice Mbaba, is currently giving a dissenting judgement.

Mr Adeleke contested the governorship election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The Independent National Electoral Commission declared Mr Oyetola winner after a supplementary poll but the tribunal said Mr Oyetola won the election at the first ballot.

Specifically, he faulted the judgment as unknown to the law because Justice Peter Obiorah who prepared and read the lead judgement did not participate fully during the hearing of the petition.

Mr Oyetola whose appeal was first heard by the court of appeal drew the attention of the court to the February 6 proceedings in which Mr Obiorah was absent at the tribunal and did not sign the proceeding of that day.

The appellant contended that what Mr Obiorah did amounted to judicial hear-say because the proceedings of February 6 when he was not in court was copiously copied in his lead judgement.

Insisting that judicial hear-say has no place in law, Mr Oyetola asked the appeal court to quash the judgement, allow the appeal and uphold the governorship election.

On his part, the counsel to APC, Akin Olujinmi, also faulted the judgment of the tribunal led by Ibrahim Sirajo, on the ground that the petition was based on the rerun election of September 27.

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GROUP BACKS RELOCATION OF BAYELSA ELECTION PETITIONS TRIBUNAL TO ABUJA, DESCRIBES GOVERNOR DICKSON AS A VIOLENT MAN

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A group, Bayelsa Democratic Front (BDF), has expressed full support for the relocation of the Bayelsa State National and State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal from Yenagoa to Abuja.

In a statement issued on  Wednesday in Yenagoa, the President-General of BDF, Chief Promise Okpoebi, said the decision by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, to order a relocation of the tribunal from its original office at the Bayelsa State High Court premises, Onopa Road, Yenagoa was “in the best interest of justice and democracy”. The group recalled that in early 2015, Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson led a group of thugs to attack and sack a Federal High Court in Yenagoa. The court was about to deliver judgment in matter in which he had interest. BDF said the tribunal relocation would prevent a repeat of such ugly incident.

In a public statement, the Secretary of the tribunal, D. B. Akawu, urged counsels, litigants and the general public who had business with the tribunal to visit the Court of Appeal at the Three Arms Zone, Abuja.

The statement added, “This is to notify all counsels, litigants and general public that Bayelsa National and State House of Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, has been relocated to Abuja.

“The registry of the tribunal will now be at the Court of Appeal headquarters, Three Arms Zone, Abuja”.

Although no reason was given for the relocation, it is widely believed that security was a key factor. The security situation in Yenagoa is currently alarming, and this bespeaks grave dangers for the smooth sitting and safety of tribunal members.

It was learnt that prior to the relocation order, the President of the Court of Appeal received several petitions about the state of insecurity in the state. The petitions even made reference to the attack and sack of a Federal High Court in Yenagoa in early 2015 by Bayelsa State Governor, Hon Seriake Dickson, and a gang of thugs.

The Bayelsa Democratic Front (BDF) recalls that an online newspaper, Premium Times obtained a video and did a report on the court invasion of Monday, March 30, 2015.

According to the Premium Times report:

“The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, on Monday led a gang of thugs to attack a Federal High court in Bayelsa, a video obtained by PREMIUM TIMES has shown.

The video shows the governor, dressed in traditional Ijaw blazers, walking into the court premises, accompanied by his police guards and hangers on, before hooligans, including rifle wielding police officers, invaded and attacked the court.

The thugs were chanting “we no go gree, for this state, e no possible” as they walked into a court hearing. Loud gunshots could be heard shortly before the hooligans began breaking glasses and destroying properties inside the court.

At least 15 lawyers, including a pregnant woman and two Senior Advocates of Nigeria, were in the court during the attack.

The governor walked out of the court premises at the peak of the attack.”   

 

The online newspaper report had it that the court was in session to deliver a judgment on Senator Heineken Lokpobiri’s case against Dickson’s anointed senatorial candidate, Foster Ogola, over the validity of the latter’s candidacy for Bayelsa West senatorial district in the 2015 National Assembly Election. Mr. Lopkobiri claimed his then party, the Peoples Democratic Party, illegally substituted his name with Mr. Ogola’s, and had filed a suit accusing Foster Ogola of submitting false information to INEC.

 

BDF insisted Governor Dickson has not changed. BDF’s President-General, Okpoebi, painted a picture of the Bayelsa Governor as a violent man. “He is a man of war and terror. He has no problems resorting to violence to get what he wants”, he said.

 

“We thank the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Bulkachuwa, for listening to the cries of Bayelsa people. Dickson is a desperate man. Now that he is in his last days as governor, he is living in a state of political anxiety. Bayelsans are determined to stop him from anointing a successor”

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BreakingNews: Appeal Court To Deliver Judgement On Osun Gov Election Tomorrow

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An Appeal Court sitting in Abuja will on Thursday, 9th May, 2019, deliver judgement on the Osun state governorship election matter.

This is contained in a hearing motion served on the respondents by the Senior Registrar of the court on Wednesday.

It could be recalled that the majority ruling of Osun Governorship Election Tribunal had sacked Governor Gboyega Oyetola and declared Senator Ademola Adeleke as the winner of the 2018 governorship election in Osun state.

Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress has approached the Appeal Court to upturn the judgement of the election tribunal.

The court will sit at 9am.

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