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Supreme Court Nullifies David Lyon Election, Order INEC To Give PDP Certificate In Bayelsa state

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Supreme Court Nullifies David Lyon Election, Order INEC To Give PDP Certificate In Bayelsa state
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Barring any hindrances, the Governor elect in Bayelsa state Mr David Lyon would have become the substantial governor of the oil producing state due to his landmark victory in the last gubernatorial election in the state.

However, earlier today, the highest court in the country; the supreme court has nullified the election and instructed INEC to declare the second highest party in the election of which it is People Democratic Party (PDP) has the winner.

The apex court with the five panel that was presided by Justice Peter Mary Odili nullified Lyon's election sue to the circumstances that surrounded his deputy Senator Biobarakuma Devi, the deputy was alleged to have tendered false information to INEC in the November 16 election in the state.

With this judgement, the PDP candidate, Diri Duoye will now be the one to be inaugurated as Governor of the state.



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COURT DECLARES ADELEKE AS WINNER OF SEPT 22 OSUN GUBER ELECTION

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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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All Is Set For A Credible Election Today - PDP Convention Committee Chairman

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As the leading opposition party Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scheduled today for her national convention where the presidential flag bearer of the party will be chosen, the Chairman of the National Convention Planning Committee, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, expressed joy that everything has been put in place for a credible process to be delivered.

Addressing Journalists at the Adokiye Amasiemeka Stadium, Port Harcourt, Rivers State (chosen venue for the Convention) on Friday, Senator Okowa, who is also the Governor of Delta State, observed that members of the main organising committee and those of sub-committees have been working round the clock to ensure that no stone was left unturned for a credible and acceptable process to be delivered. 

According to him, “You can see that everything is right on course; the stadium is beautifully decorated and we are set for today (Saturday, 06/10/18).” 

“Accreditation of Delegates is a very sensitive issue, so, we are starting the accreditation process at 7 am,” the governor said.

Fielding questions from journalists about withdrawal of aspirants from the race, the governor said: “There is a process for aspirants to withdraw from the race, none of them has stepped down, we have 12 aspirants for now.

“We are expecting a very good convention, we are working very hard to deliver a process that is credible, free, fair and acceptable.

“As you can see, I and my colleagues in the committee have been round the venue, ensuring that all that is needed for us to have a smooth sail is put in place; we have also made the stadium our secretariat that is why we held in one of the Executive Lounge here at the stadium to deliberate on sundry issues that have to do with the entire convention.”

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The DG of NYSC warns corp members to run for thier lives in the upcoming Bayelsa elections.

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The DG of NYSC warns corp members to run for thier lives in the upcoming Bayelsa elections.
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Following the upcoming elections in some states in the federation this year and the manner of violence associated with the electoral processes in the past, the director general of the national youth service corps has warned the serving corp members who are mostly used as election officers in various states to guide thier lives with everything they have.

Speaking to newsmen concerning the upcoming Bayelsa state elections, the director general through the director of press and public relations of the national youth service corps Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, he advised the corp members that will be used as the electoral officers in Bayelsa state to think of thier safety first. He warned them to desist from getting into violence with the electorates and also have thier phones fully charged in case of any emergency. He also warned them to take to thier hills in case the situation gets out of hand.

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