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Supreme Court: Buhari ’Eminently Qualified’ To Contest
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Supreme Court: Buhari ’Eminently Qualified’ To Contest

The Supreme Court on Friday ruled that President Muhammadu Buhari was “eminently qualified” to contest the February 23 presidential election. The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, prepared the full judgment of the apex court which is being read by Justice John Okoro. The full judgment delivered on Friday was to provide explanations for the apex court’s summary decision of October 30 which dismissed the appeal by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar challenging the victory of Buhari at the February 23 presidential poll. In the full judgment of the apex court delivered on Friday, the court affirmed the decision of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal which held that Buhari possessed the requisite educational qualification...
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar And The Verdict Of Man – Dele Momodu
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Alhaji Atiku Abubakar And The Verdict Of Man – Dele Momodu

In this edition, Dele Momodu writes on the Supreme Court's Judgement on the petition filled by the presidential candidate of the APC in the February 2019 General Elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. Read below: Fellow Nigerians, the cookie finally crumbled for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar two days ago as the highest court in Nigeria, the Supreme Court of Nigeria, threw his case out of the window, in a jiffy. He had approached the Supreme Court for a reprieve from what he claimed was the hellish decision of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal dismissing his Petition on all grounds. He sought a declaration that he had won the last Presidential election against the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari, and that INEC, Nigeria’s electoral body had manipulated his rightful votes and dashed wh...
Fayemi, Wike’s Newfound Friendship Set Tongues Wagging
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Fayemi, Wike’s Newfound Friendship Set Tongues Wagging

There is no gainsaying the fact that recent weeks have been challenging for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The opposition party has been battling with cold since one of its pillar of strength , perceived financier and governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, sneezed. The party has suffered one sleepless night after the other since the Rivers State governor stormed out of the venue of the presidential primaries of the party from which Alhaji Atiku Abubakar emerged the presidential candidate of the PDP in the build-up to the 2019 general elections. Since then, he has taken various other actions that left the minders of the party worried. For instance, in the aftermath of the National Assembly elections where Hon. Kingsley Chinda, the candidate he and other party chieftains suppo...
Tribunal: Atiku Writes Open Letter To Nigerians
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Tribunal: Atiku Writes Open Letter To Nigerians

Candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has broken his silence after recently losing his bid to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the February 23 presidential election at the Election Petitions Tribunal. Atiku, in statement obtained by Igbere TV on Friday, confirmed that he and his party, the PDP, would be challenging the Tribunal verdict at the Supreme Court. The former vice president explained that his decision to proceed to the Supreme Court is to fight for Nigeria’s democracy. “It is for this, and other patriotic reasons, that I am pursuing this judicial route: To ensure that the votes of Nigerians count and are counted,” Atiku said in the statement posted on his verified Facebook page. READ FULL STATEMENT BELLOW: A Message of Gratitude to Nigerians Fo...
Atiku Mourns Chukuka Okonjo, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s Father
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Atiku Mourns Chukuka Okonjo, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s Father

Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has broken his silence since he lost out at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT). The passing away of Professor Chukuka Okonjo, the father of a former finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, today, led to the disruption but the former vice president popularly known as Atiku has continued to keep mum on his next line of action regarding the tribunal judgement he lost to President Muhammadu Buhari. Messrs Buhari and Atiku contested this year’s presidential election with the former trouncing the latter to secure another term of four years. Dismissing his petition, the PEPT, said the opposition candidate and his party failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt why they should be declared win...
Wike: Why I Congratulated Buhari On Tribunal Victory
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Wike: Why I Congratulated Buhari On Tribunal Victory

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has explained that he congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari after the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal confirmed his election because it is better to offer public congratulations than visit the President at night. Governor Wike said that unlike some Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) who visit President Muhammadu Buhari at night, he made his declaration public because it came from the heart. He spoke at the Funeral Service in honour of Late Madam Blessing Awuse, Mother of Onha Sergent Chidi Awuse, at the St Luke's Anglican Church, Emohua on Thursday. He said: " I am sure all of you are surprised that I congratulated Buhari. Is it not good for me to congratulate him, than to go to his house in the night?" "So ...
“You Are Smoking Weed” – Atiku’s Aide Replies Lai Mohammed For Seeking Apology
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“You Are Smoking Weed” – Atiku’s Aide Replies Lai Mohammed For Seeking Apology

For asking Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to apologize to Nigerians rather than appeal his loss at the election tribunal, Lai Mohammed, Information Minister, has been told that he’s smoking weed. Mr Abubakar lost his case at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) where he challenged the outcome of the election that ushered in President Muhammadu Buhari into his second and final term as a democratic leader. In delivering judgement Wednesday, the tribunal struck out the entire petition of the former vice president for failing to prove beyond reasonable doubt why the PDP candidate and his party should be declared winner of the February 23 exercise. Reacting to the decision of the PEPT, Mr Mohammed urged the PDP candidate,...
Tribunal Judgement Is Sign Judges Cannot Be Intimidated, Says BMO
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Tribunal Judgement Is Sign Judges Cannot Be Intimidated, Says BMO

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has said that the verdict of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) upholding the election of President Muhammadu Buhari has shown that the members of the tribunal are men of integrity who cannot be easily intimidated. The BMO commended members of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) for not being deterred by threats and intimidation from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its agents to taint the judgement. Chairman of BMO, Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke said in a statement that the judgement is proof that the Justices are men of honour that cannot be intimidated by social media bullies bent on arm-twisting them to ignore the evidence tabled before the tribunal. The group said it expected nothing ...
Tribunal Judgment Is Victory For Nigerians, Says President Buhari
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Tribunal Judgment Is Victory For Nigerians, Says President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says the ruling of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on the February 23, 2019 poll, is victory for Nigerians who trooped out to overwhelmingly elect him for a second term in office. “Good conscience fears no evil report. I was unperturbed all along, because I knew Nigerians freely gave us the mandate. We are now vindicated,” the President declares. He dedicates the victory to God, and to Nigerians, while also commending the judiciary for “dispensing justice without fear or favour.” President Buhari extends a hand of fellowship to those who had felt aggrieved at the outcome of the election, and went to court, noting that it was within their democratic rights. He notes, however, that with the pronouncement of the judiciary, “it is time for...
Tribunal dismisses PDP’s claim security operatives rigged for Buhari
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Tribunal dismisses PDP’s claim security operatives rigged for Buhari

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has dismissed parts of the PDP petition alleging that the ruling APC used security officers to manipulate the 2019 election. The court’s decision followed an application by INEC seeking the nulification of various parts of the petition by the PDP. The PDP had in its petition accused the incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari, and major government agencies including INEC and security agencies of culpability in the manipulation of election results to the benefit of Mr Buhari. The court during a decision on Wednesday before the final determination of the petition, ruled that INEC was right in submitting that the PDP ought to have included the security officers mentioned in the petition as part of the suit. The court removed parts of t...
Presidential Tribunal: Real Reasons Atiku Wasn’t Declared Winner Of Election – INEC
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Presidential Tribunal: Real Reasons Atiku Wasn’t Declared Winner Of Election – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has disclosed why Atiku Abubakar, the 2019 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was not declared winner of the February 23 election. INEC told the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja that it was satisfied that Atiku did not secure majority of lawful votes cast during the election. The country’s electoral umpire stated this in a final written address it filed before the Justice Mohammed Garba-led five-member panel tribunal, INEC, through its lawyers led by Mr. Yunus Usman SAN, seeking the dismissal of Atiku’s petition on the outcome of the 2019 presidential election. Denying the allegation that votes were illegally awarded to the All Progressives Congress, APC, to ensure that Presi...
Tribunal Issues Subpoena On INEC Chairman Over Atiku, PDP’s Complaints
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Tribunal Issues Subpoena On INEC Chairman Over Atiku, PDP’s Complaints

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) has ordered the issuance of subpoena on the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu and the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Zamfara State. They are, by the subpoena issued on July 9, 2019, expected to appear and produce some documents used for the last election, required by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the last presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, who are petitioners before the tribunal. At the resumption of proceedings on Wednesday, petitioners’ lawyer, Chris Uche (SAN), told the tribunal that the subpoena had been served on the two officials but they have failed to either appear or make available the documents requested. He said subpoena are like summ...
We Didn’t Transmit Results Electronically – INEC Chairman
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We Didn’t Transmit Results Electronically – INEC Chairman

The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmoud Yakubu has explained why results of last general elections could not be transmitted electronically, contrary to claim by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its last presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. Atiku and the PDP, who are challenging the outcome of the last presidential election before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT), claimed to have won the election by virtue of some results they got from a certain server, into which they said INEC transmitted the results of the election. Read Also: Buhari’s lawyer to play video where INEC chair ruled out electronic transmission of results At the resumption of the proceedings of the PEPT on Tuesday morning, lawyer to President Muhammadu...
Tribunal Admits Presidential Election Result Declared By INEC As Exhibit
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Tribunal Admits Presidential Election Result Declared By INEC As Exhibit

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Monday admitted the final result declared by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the Feb.23 general election as an exhibit. Dr Livy Uzoukwu, SAN, Counsel for the petitioners tendered the document before Justice Mohammed Garba-led five-man panel as part of his clients’ moves to prove allegations of election malpractice leveled against the conduct of the election. Also admitted in evidence, was a document containing bio-data of president Muhammadu Buahri submitted to the electoral body. The chairman of the tribunal also admitted a document containing the total number of registered voters and collected Permanent Voters Cards used in the election. The receipt of payment dated March 24 and acknowledgment letter issue...
We Transmitted Election Results To Server Using A Code — Presiding Officer
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We Transmitted Election Results To Server Using A Code — Presiding Officer

A Presiding Officer during the February 23 presidential election, Mr Adejuyitan Olalekan, told the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja, on Monday, that he personally transmitted the results collated at his polling unit during the poll. Olalekan took the witness stand as the petitioners’ third witness at the instance of the Peoples Democratic Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, who are by their petition challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress. Olalekan who was earlier led by the petitioners’ lead counsel, Dr. Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), to adopt his witness statement on oath as his evidence-in-chief, was not asked to mention the state or the polling unit where he worked during the poll. Under cros...
87-Year-Old Prof Nwabueze Leads Atiku, PDP’s Legal Team
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87-Year-Old Prof Nwabueze Leads Atiku, PDP’s Legal Team

former Minister of Education and Youth Development, Professor Ben Nwabueze (SAN) made a brief appearance this morning before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) in Abuja, announcing himself as the leader of the petitioners’ legal team. Prof Nwabueze, who was brought in on a wheelchair, later read a prepared speech before the commencement of proceedings and took his leave about 30 minutes later. The Senior Advocate, who was allowed to address the tribunal while sitting, said his appearance was to underscore the importance of the case for the nation’s democratic development. Meanwhile, the tribunal has suspended proceedings to rule on an issue raised by the respondents, to the effect that the petitioners have not properly complied with an earlier order of the cour...
Election Petition: INEC, Buhari, APC Seek Suspension Of Tribunal’s Proceedings
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Election Petition: INEC, Buhari, APC Seek Suspension Of Tribunal’s Proceedings

Respondents to the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, have called for the “suspension” of proceedings of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, on Thursday (today). Thursday was scheduled for the commencement of trial, when the petitioners challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at the February 23 election, were to begin calling their witnesses. But shortly after the petitioners’ lawyer, Dr. Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), indicated to the tribunal that he was starting the petitioners’ case with Niger State, Buhari’s counsel, Mike Igbokwe (SAN), rose to call for a halt of the proceedings. He complained that he was only served with the petitioners’ schedule of documents shortly before the commencement of sitt...
Atiku, PDP Urge Supreme Court To Grant Them Access To INEC Server
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Atiku, PDP Urge Supreme Court To Grant Them Access To INEC Server

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last general elections, Atiku Abubakar and his party have approached the Supreme Court to grant them access to a supposed server purportedly used to transmit election results by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) in a ruling on June 24, 2019 had rejected a similar request they made in a motion on notice that was dismissed, a decision Atiku and the PDP have now appealed before the Supreme Court via a notice of appeal filed on June 26, 2019. Atiku and his party want the Supreme Court to allow their appeal and set aside the June 24, 2019 ruling of the PEPT. In rejecting the application, the PEPT had held, among others that granting their reques...
Atiku Heads To Supreme Court Over INEC Server
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Atiku Heads To Supreme Court Over INEC Server

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has vowed to challenge, at the Supreme Court, the dismissal of their application to be granted access to inspect the central server allegedly used by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to transmit results of the last general election. Recall that the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal had earlier ruled in a unanimous decision that the request could not be granted since the issue of whether such central server existed or not, is already a subject of controversy in the substantive petition that is challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election. Reacting to the Tribunal’s ruling, a senior member of the Atiku and PDP’s legal team, Chief Chris Uche, SAN, told Journalists: “T...
Atiku Vs Buhari: INEC Must Produce Presidential Election Server – Peter Obi
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Atiku Vs Buhari: INEC Must Produce Presidential Election Server – Peter Obi

Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election, Mr Peter Obi has expressed confidence over his party’s victory at the tribunal. Obi spoke at a victory thanksgiving service in Atani, Anambra state in honour of Sen. Princess Stella Odua; Hon. Chukwuka Onyema and winners of Anambra state House of Assembly, Hon. Noble Igwe and Hon. Somto Udeze, Ogbaru 1 and Ogbaru 11 constituencies, respectively. Obi reassured that all hope was not lost, insisting that his party would not give up as the court case was still in progress. He, however, asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to provide the server used for the election. “INEC must provide the server they used for the election because they know they used the server for the e...
Atiku, PDP Asking Us For Server That We Don’t Have, INEC Says
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Atiku, PDP Asking Us For Server That We Don’t Have, INEC Says

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday insisted that it had no electronic server being sought to be accessed and inspected by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate in the February 23, 2019 presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. The commission had earlier denied the existence of such server in its reply filed on April 10, 2019 to oppose Atiku and PDP’s petition pending before the five-man tribunal. The petitioners are by their petition challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress at the last presidential election. INEC, Buhari and the APC who are the respondents to the petition and to the petitioners’ application for access to the server used for the election, on Thursday, asked the Justi...
Atiku vs Buhari: What happened in court on Tuesday
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Atiku vs Buhari: What happened in court on Tuesday

Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday prayed the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal to dismiss petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar against his Feb. 23 re-election. Buhari made the prayer through his Counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, in a motion adopted and argued on Tuesday before Justice Mohammed Garba-led five-man panel in Abuja. Olanipekun submitted that the petition was fundamentally defective, adding that his client won the presidential “square and clear’’. He explained that the allegations advanced by the petitioners were mere theoretical assumptions that could not stand the test of critical legal debate. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the tribunal also entertained the president’s motion that sought ...
You Will Fail At Election Tribunal – Rilwan Akiolu To Atiku
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You Will Fail At Election Tribunal – Rilwan Akiolu To Atiku

Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the last general election has been told that he will fail to realize his ambition through the the court. This is coming from the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu. Mr Abubakar who strived for the exalted office in the land was the major challenger of President Muhammadu Buhari who sought a second term on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC). The former vice president and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), are currently at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal to upturn the outcome of the exercise while relying on results claimed to have obtained from electronic servers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Addressing his audience when he playe...
Buhari Must Not Be Sworn-in On May 29 – Hope Democratic Party, HDP
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Buhari Must Not Be Sworn-in On May 29 – Hope Democratic Party, HDP

The Hope Democratic Party, HDP, on Tuesday, filed a motion before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja for an order to restrain the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, from swearing-in President Muhammadu Buhari on May 29. The party and its presidential candidate, Chief Ambrose Owuru, further applied for an order of the tribunal to restrain President Buhari from presenting himself on May 29 or any other date “for swearing in or inaugurate ceremony or taking the Oath of Allegiance and oath if office as the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, pending the determination of this petition and the question as to whether he has been validly elected as challenged and pending before the court”. It will be recalled that HDP and its candidate are currently challengin...
Presidential Tribunal Bans Public Analysis Of Its Proceedings
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Presidential Tribunal Bans Public Analysis Of Its Proceedings

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has banned public analysis of its proceedings. The tribunal gave the prohibition on Wednesday during its official inaugural setting in Abuja. “Any breach will not be condoned and we will not hesitate in taking necessary action against such offenders,” President of the Appeal Court, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa warned. Mrs Bulkachuwa also said the case should be treated like other low-profile cases which are not discussed publicly. “We assure all stakeholders that each litigant will be given equal opportunity to present his case in a mature manner before us. “We are witnesses to what has been happening in high profile cases where such cases are being discussed and publicly decided prematurely in both the social and electronic media...
Atiku Releases ‘Evidence’ Of Election Result From INEC Website
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Atiku Releases ‘Evidence’ Of Election Result From INEC Website

Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has insisted the result from the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) shows he defeated President Muhammadu Buhari in the presidential election. In his submission to the presidential election tribunal, the former vice president gave the “unique MAC address and Microsoft product ID of the INEC server” from where the results were obtained. According to the result declared by INEC from the 36 states and the FCT, Buhari polled 15,191,847, while Atiku came second with 11,262,978 votes. But in his petition submitted at the tribunal, the PDP candidate claimed he garnered a total of 18,356,732 votes to defeat Buhari, who, according to him, polled 16,741,430 votes. INEC, in respon...
Atiku Has Qualifications To Become A Customs Officer Not “President” – Keyamo
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Atiku Has Qualifications To Become A Customs Officer Not “President” – Keyamo

All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Festus Keyamo, have disagreed on the citizenship of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. The APC member disclosed that the decision to test the matter in court was a collective decision reach by more than 18 senior advocates representing the President and the APC at the Election Petition Tribunal.   He stressed that the fact that Atiku served as a vice president for eight years does not make him a Nigerian, saying, “That is irrelevant.”   “Did you have access to security reports then; did the court look at that issue at that time? We are talking of qualifications to be President of Nigeria, not qualifications to be a Customs officer,” Keyamo stated.   He said that the matter has never been tested in court before does not provide a ...
INEC To Tribunal: Atiku’s Lawyer Not Licensed To Practise In Nigeria
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INEC To Tribunal: Atiku’s Lawyer Not Licensed To Practise In Nigeria

APC said that ATIKU is not a Nigerian, now INEC has come with its own narrative that ATIKU's lawyer doesn't have license to practice in Nigeria. It is now very obvious that INEC and APC rigged the election, and now they have no single defence over Atiku's petition against them. They should just declare Atiku who was the rightful winner of the election as the president. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the petition filed by Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), were not signed by a legal practitioner licensed to practise in Nigeria. Atiku had filed a petition before the presidential election tribunal to challenge the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari. Atiku’s legal team is led by Livy Uzoukwu with 31 other ...
Obasanjo: Those Discouraging Atiku From Challenging Buhari In Court Are Evil
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Obasanjo: Those Discouraging Atiku From Challenging Buhari In Court Are Evil

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says those opposed to the decision of Atiku Abubakar to seek legal redress over the outcome of the presidential election have evil minds. Atiku, who contested under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), lost to President Muhammadu Buhari in the March 23 election. Speaking on the judgement of the Osun governorship tribunal, Obasanjo said Atiku did the right thing by challenging Buhari’s victory. He said without a reasonable cause, Buhari went to the court to challenge his loss in three elections, wondering why some people were trying to “stop Atiku from going to court”. On Friday, the tribunal declared Ademola Adeleke of the PDP as winner of the September 2018 election in the state. In a statement on Saturday, Obasanjo said the nullificati...
Atiku Has Everything To Win At Tribunal – Livy Uzoukwu, Counsel
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Atiku Has Everything To Win At Tribunal – Livy Uzoukwu, Counsel

Dr. Livy Uzoukwu, has said the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the just concluded election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has all the facts to prosecute his case at the tribunal and emerge victorious. Uzoukwu a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and Lead Counsel of the Atiku/Obi legal team, disclosed this in an interview on Monday after leading other lawyers to file petition on behalf of Alhaji Abubakar at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on February 27, declared President Buhari, the flag-bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), winner of the presidential election. Buhari polled a total of 15,191,847 votes while Atiku Abubakar got 11,262,978. However, Abubakar and his ...
EFCC Warns Tribunal Judges, Lawyers Against Stolen Funds
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EFCC Warns Tribunal Judges, Lawyers Against Stolen Funds

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC ) Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu Thursday warned judges and lawyers involved in election petition tribunals against money laundering. He said they must not allow the influence of money and other inducements to hamper the process and determine the outcome of petitions. Magu, in a statement, noted that many judges wrongly see Election Tribunals and Appeal Panels as potential gold mines. He said some of them even desperately lobby to be included as members. “Consequently, we want to remind all lawyers, judges, elected public officials and members of the wider society not to use the Election Petition Tribunals as conduits for siphoning public funds because there is a huge price to pay for such. “The EFCC has the statutory powers...
Tribunal Hears PDP, Atiku’s Application For Inspection Of Election Materials
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Tribunal Hears PDP, Atiku’s Application For Inspection Of Election Materials

A three-man panel of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja is currently hearing the ex-parte motion filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, seeking an order granting them access to inspect the electoral materials used for the February 23 poll. The three-man panel, sitting on Wednesday, is led by Justice Abdul Aboki, while Justices Peter Ige and Emmanuel Agim are members. The petitioners’ legal team is led by Mr. Livy Ozoukwu (SAN), but Chief Chris Uche (SAN), is making submission on behalf of the team. As expected in an ex parte hearing, the respondents – President Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress and the Indpendent Electoral Commission – are absent and not represented by their lawyers. Uche said during ...

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