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Atiku vs Buhari: Tribunal Fixes Date For Final Judgement

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The presidential election tribunal is reportedly set to deliver the final judgement on September 15

PDP’s Atiku had on March 18, 2019 filed a petition challenging the victory of President Buhari of the APC in the 2019 general elections – Section 134 (1) to (3) of the Electoral Act provides that an election petition should be filed, heard and determined within 180 days The presidential election petitions tribunal is reportedly set to deliver judgement not later than 13th of September, 2019.

Leadership newspaper, quoting an anonymous source, reports that the initial date of September 15 set by the tribunal is no longer realistic because it is a Sunday.

The source claimed that the judgement will be delivered on September 13. “The petition of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the February 23 presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and his party, will definitely be decided before September 15.

’They (the tribunal) cannot go beyond that date in deciding the petition one way or the other because by law, that is how far they can go in the case. They can’t sit beyond that day. They are not permitted to do so by law. The 180 days stipulated by the law will elapse that day,’’ according to the source.

Section 134 (1) to (3) of the Electoral Act provides that an election petition should be filed, heard and determined within 180 days. Atiku had on March 18, 2019, filed a petition at the tribunal claiming that he and his party defeated President Muhammadu Buhari, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who was declared the winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The tribunal, headed by Justice Mohammed Garba, which began its inaugural sitting on May 7, reserved the petition for judgement on August 21 after hearing the arguments of the parties before it

The PDP presidential candidate said that the election was marred by irregularities, adding that the president was not qualified and shouldn’t have been allowed to contest the election.

Atiku in his final address insisted that President Buhari lied on oath in his form CF001 which he presented to INEC before standing for the contest. In the final address presented on his behalf by his lead counsel, Dr Levy Uzuokwu (SAN), Atiku drew the attention of the tribunal to a portion of Buhari’s form with INEC where he claimed to have three different certificates comprising primary school leaving certificate, the West African Examination Council (WAEC) certificate and Officer Cadet’s certificate.

Atiku, therefore, urged the tribunal to nullify the participation of Buhari in the election on the grounds that he lied on oath to deceive Nigerians and to secure unlawful qualification for the election. The PDP presidential candidate also faulted the claim by INEC that it had no central server, adding that a server is a storage facility including computers where database of registered voters, number of permanent voter cards and election results amongst others are stored for references.

He, therefore, urged the tribunal to uphold the petition and nullify the participation of Buhari in the election on the ground that he was not qualified to have stood for the election, in addition to malpractices that prompted his declaration as the winner. But, INEC represented by Yunus Usman (SAN) urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition with substantial cost because the electoral body conducted the election in total compliance with the Nigerian constitution and Electoral Act 2010.

Usman insisted that INEC did not transmit election results electronically because doing so was prohibited by law and that the commission did not call any witness because there was no need to do so. INEC further explained that there was no way Atiku could have won the election, adding that he was not declared winner of the exercise because it was satisfied that the PDP candidate did not secure majority of lawful votes during the election.

In his defence, President Buhari through his legal team argued that Atiku’s petition was liable to be dismissed because it was lacking in evidence, merit and substance and that the petition is ill-advised and signified Nothing

He cited Section 131 of the constitution which stipulates a minimum of secondary school attendance to qualify for the election in Nigeria, adding that he cannot go beyond that and that he does not need to tender or attached certificates before he can get qualification for any election.

The APC represented by Prince Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) in its submission said that the petition lacked quality evidence that could warrant the nullification of the election as pleaded by the petitioners and urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition.

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State Of Nation: Jesus Would Not Be Silent If He Were In Nigeria – Obasanjo

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Former Head of State and Nigeria’s first civilian president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has come out once again to speak on the situation of the country, urging Christians to stick together or risk being devoured.

Obasanjo, 82, while at the 64th annual national convention of the Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria held at the church’s campground in Ajebo, Ogun State, urged all Christians to speak truth to power just like Jesus would have done if he were in the country today.

The church event also featured the appointment of the new General Overseer of the church, Rev. Samuel Aboyeji, who took over from the immediate-past General Overseer, Rev. Felix Meduoye, and thousands of people gathered at the church to see the former military dictator speak about Christ.

He said to the congreagation; “As Christians, we have to be like Christ as we are transformed into the likeness of Christ or little like Christ.

“So, in all positions, situations, and events, we should be guided. “If Christ was in this position, in this situation or in this event, what would he have done? “We have a lot to do in the situation we found ourselves in this country today. And make no mistake about it, if we don’t get together and stay together, we would be devoured and that we should not take lightly.

For me, if Christ was in Nigeria today, He would not keep quiet. He would say it as it should be said. He would speak truth to power. He would have no fear and He would have no intimidation.

“Children of God, you have a responsibility to do and say what Jesus Christ would have done and said if He was in Nigeria today.”

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Perm Secretary, Wife, 2 Kids Burn To Death In Benue

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The Acting Permanent Secretary, Benue State Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology, Mr Seker Akaa, his pregnant wife and two kids were on Monday burnt to death in a fire incident in Makurdi.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Benue, DSP Sewuese Anene who confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said the fire started at about 2.40 a.m at Kwarafa Quaters, Makurdi.

NAN reports that three other flats were also burnt including the resident of Evangelist Daniel Unongo, Chaplain of Benue Government House, who is also Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Samuel Ortom on Religion. Anene said Mr Akaa, his pregnant wife, Linda, two children; Sender and Tertsegh Akaa, all occupants of Flat 1 were burnt to death during the fire disaster. She said that the dead bodies had been deposited at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Makurdi mortuary.

The police spokesperson stated that the cause of the fire was yet to be known, adding that “investigation into the matter had already commenced”. Reacting to the development, the Deputy Governor, Mr Benson Abounu, who visited the scene, expressed shock at the level of destruction and loss of human lives. According to Abounu, it is black day for Benue and the state has lost a prized asset in Mr. Akaa. He prayed God to give the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

“We cannot undo what has happened. At the moment, the government will take responsibility for their burial and assist the other families to relocate. We warn against any looting of property.” Abounu said The Commissioner, Energy, Science Technology, Dr Godwin Oyiwona also confirmed the incident and expressed the ministry’s deepest condolences.

NAN also gathered from an eyewitness who refused to be named, that the fire started in flat 1 the residence of the late acting permanent secretary. He said the perm sec and his family would have been saved but because of the incessant cases of armed robbery recorded within the neighbourhood the neighbours thought it was armed robbers that were operating again.

Actually the fire started at Mr Akaa’s house, we would have saved him and his family but we thought it was armed robbers that were again attacking us.

You see armed robbers attack us here regularly. So, we have adopted ways of self-defense by providing burglary protection on the doors to prevent them from getting easy access inside, that too caused delay of getting to them on time,” it said. The witness said firefighters from Benue Government House, Makurdi, came to the scene on time but they had little to do to save them. Eyewitnesses said it might have been caused by an electrical fault as it razed down the entire house and extended to three other houses.

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KogiDecides: Yahaya Bello Wins Guber Polls With 406,222 Votes

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The Candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Alhaji Yahaya Bello appears to won the Kogi State governorship election held in the state last Saturday. But the Independent Electoral Commission is yet to officially announce the final result of the election.

Bello who is the incumbent Governor of the state won 12 local government councils while his closest rival, Engr. Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, won 9 local government councils.

The results of the election as declared by INEC are as follows:

Ogori Magongo APC 3,679 PDP 2,145 Ijumu LGA APC 11 425 PDP 7,587 Omala LGA APC 8,473 PDP 14,403 Adavi LGA APC 64,657 PDP 366 Igalamela/Odolu APC 8,075 PDP 11,195 Okene LGA APC 112,764 PDP 139 Kabba-Bunu APC 15,364 PDP 8,084 Kogi/Koton-Karfe APC 14,097 PDP 9,404 Yagba East APC 6,735 PDP 7,546 Okehi LGA APC 36,954 PDP 478 Mopamoro APC 4,953 PDP 3,581 Idah LGA APC 4,602 PDP 13,962 Ajaokuta APC 17,952 PDP 5,565 Olamaboro APC 16,876 PDP 8,155 Yagba West APC 7,868 PDP 8,860 Ankpa PDP-28,108 APC-11,268 Ofu APC-11006 PDP-12,264 Bassa LG APC -8386, PDP-9724 Ibaji APC 12,682 PDP 10,504 Dekina APC 8,948 PDP 16,575 Lokoja APC 19, 457 PDP 11, 059

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