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ZAMFARA: Supreme Court Dismisses APC Petition

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Earlier today 27thof March 2020, the apex court in the court; the Supreme Court has again dismissed the reviewing of verdict application by the Zamafara state All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the last general election Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, the application is for a review of its May 24, 2019 judgment in the intra-party dispute in the APC Zamfara chapter.


In the ruling this morning, four members of a five-member panel (4/5), led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, dismissed the application on the grounds that it lack merit.


However, Justice Inyang Okoro, in the lead judgment, held that the ruling was a gross abuse of the process of the court and the judge proceeded to award cost of N2million against the applicant.


Meanwhile, In a dissenting judgment, Justice Centus Nweze held that the court ought to have reviewed the judgment by setting aside the consequential order which made the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the ultimate beneficiary of the intra-party crisis in the Zamfara APC.

It will be recalled that the Supreme court failed to review her verdict in the Bayelsa and Imo state judgment, this is seeing a stand to see the supreme court as the final though it might be fallible.



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COURT DECLARES ADELEKE AS WINNER OF SEPT 22 OSUN GUBER ELECTION

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Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party in the September 22 governorship election in Osun state has been declared winner of the election by the tribunal.

 

The Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has declared Ademola Adeleke as winner of the September 2018 election in the state.

The 3-man tribunal upheld the the petitions filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ademola Adeleke and the PDP, challenging the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Governor Gboyega Oyetola at the September 2018 governorship election.

The tribunal had earlier dismissed the objections of the APC and Oyetola. It said Adeleke’s petition has merit. The tribunal also declared the rerun election as illegal.

NAN reports that the PDP and Adeleke, had filed a petition asking the tribunal to declare that he polled the highest lawful votes and should be declared the winner.

But Oyetola, APC and INEC had filed their notices of preliminary objection contending among others that the petition was incompetent and that the court lacked jurisdiction.

A three -member panel of the tribunal , dismissed the objections filed by Gov. Oyetola, APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Both Adeleke and the PDP in their different petitions had urged the tribunal to declare that he scored the highest lawful votes in the election and should be declared as winner.

However, Oyetola, APC and INEC filed their notices of preliminary objection against the petition on the grounds that the petition is incompetent adding that the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the petition.

Delivering the‎ lead ruling of the three-man tribunal, Chairman Ibrahim Sirajo, held that the objections were misconceived and struck them out.

The Tribunal held that the CTC should and must be an exact replica of the EC8A pink copies.

The discrepancies must therefore be explained and justified by INEC.

In this instance, the tribunal held, INEC failed to explain nor justify the alterations and that they failed to call any witness to justify the alterations.

The tribunal held that the attempt to explain the alterations on the basis of mere corrections of errors is not acceptable and the fact that the said errors were consistently made in the disputed areas means it was a deliberate action taken.

However, it is expected that APC will file an appeal within the stipulated time.

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OsunDecides: Court Instructs WAEC To Provide Adeleke's Result

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The problem with the flag bearer of the People Democratic Party in the forthcoming election in Osun state is yet to be resolved as  an Abuja court instructed  WAEC to produce ledger of Senator Ademola Adeleke's result.

   Adeleke is PDP governorship candidate for September 22 election in Osun state.

   The court also mandated WAEC to either confirm or deny Adeleke's result which he sat for in 1981.

   A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has given an order mandating the West African Examination Council (WAEC), through its director general or any other designated officer of the council to depose to an affidavit over controversy surrounding O'level result of Senator Ademola Adeleke.

   Reports has it that the court asked WAEC to either confirm or deny that Adeleke who is the flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Osun state, with candidate number 19645/149, sat for the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) conducted by the council at Ede Muslim High School, Osun state in May/June 1981, within five days of being served the order.

   Though, it was gathered that the court also gave an order compelling WAEC through any of its any designated officers, to produce the ledger containing the results of all candidates that sat for the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination conducted by the council at Ede Muslim High School, Osun state in May/June 1981, within five days of being served the order. The court gave the order while ruling on an application filed by the duo of Wahab Adekunle Raheem and Adam Omosalewa Habeeb against Senator Ademola Nurudeen Adeleke and two others.

   It was gathered that those joined as defendants in the suit are the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The court further ordered WAEC to serve on all parties in the suit, the copies of the filed affidavit and ledger within five working days of filing same before the court. The court also made an order abridging the time within which the defendants may enter an appearance and file processes to five days from the day of the service of the originating summons and also granted leave to the defendants to serve Senator Adeleke all originating summons and subsequent processes in the suit by substituted means by serving them on any officer or clerk at the office of the clerk of the Senate of the federal republic of Nigeria.

   The court, however, refused to grant the order of Interim injunction restraining INEC from recognizing Senator Adeleke as PDP’s candidate for the September 22 election in Osun state pending the hearing of the motion or retraining him from parading himself as the PDP candidate in the forthcoming election.

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Edo 2020: Group Picks APC Nomination Form For Obaseki

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The Senior Special Adviser to the Governor of Edo state, Mr Jack Obiyan yesterday disclosed that the Obaseki Mandate Forum has picked the All progressives Congress APC governorship nomination form for the incumbent governor of Edo state; Governor Godwin Obaseki.

The aide to the governor made this known through his twitter handle yesterday by posting some pictures of the forms.

It will be recalled that earlier yesterday, the main challenger of the governor in the June 22 APC primary election in the state, Pastor Ize Iyamu picked his own nomination form at the APC headquarters in Abuja.

It it instructive to note that, both Obaseki And Ize Iyamu were the main contestant in 2016 election in Edo state but from different political parties until Ize Iyamu defected to APC last December.

Meanwhile, with the daily increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the state, it is not certain if the direct mode of primary election will still be used in the state.


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