INEC Boss snubs tribunal order to appear before it

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Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof Mahmood Yakubu did not show up at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal Thursday as ordered.

Chairman of the five panel, Justice Mohammed Garba had ordered on the INEC to appear before the tribunal on Wednesday by 12 pm on Thursday.

He was asked to come along with with the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Zamfara State, having been subpoenaed.

However at about 11.50am on Thursday morning when the tribunal stood down the Peoples Democratic Movement’s (PDM’s) proceedings to prepare ruling in an application, Yakubu nor the Zamfara REC were in Court.

Counsel to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar and the PDP, Chief Chris Uche (SAN), drew the court’s attention to the directive made on Wednesday regarding the subpoena order on the INEC boss.

“Is the chairman here now? Justice Garba asked counsel to INEC, Yunus Usman (SAN) in response to Uche SAN request.

Usman however assured the tribunal that they are working round the clock and that before 12 noon they will comply with the Court’s order.

At the end of proceedings in the PDM’s petition, Uche SAN again reminded the tribunal that the INEC boss was yet to appear in court.

Responding, Usman told the tribunal that the order of the court was to the “effect that documents should be produced, not that any person should appear before the tribunal”.

Usman further told Justice Garba that the order of the tribunal has been fully complied with with the tendering of the said subpoenaed documents.

The documents which were brought to court were accompanied by a written letter to the chairman of the tribunal.

Uche while commending Usman for the efforts, however requested for a copy of the letter to enable him … Read More...

Election Tribunal: Witness weeps in court, says he is pained by killing of voter

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A melodrama played out Wednesday at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja, when of Atiku Abubakar’s witnesses burst into tears in the witness box.

Arume Mohammed Yahaya wept uncontrollably while recalling the sporadic shootings in some parts of Kogi State that led to the death of a voter

According Yahaya political thugs his polling unit, armed with dangerous weapons, disrupted the election and left voters scampering for safety.

He said that two of the voters hit by bullets were rushed to a nearby hospital and that one of them died shortly after he was admitted.

Recalling the event, he burst into tears in the open court.

The witness, under cross examination by Buhari’s counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), told the tribunal, that political thugs invaded his polling unit in Abocho in Selina Local Government Area of Kogi State and fired gun shots sporadically to scare away voters.

The witness said in the confusion that followed voters deserted the polling unit and ran into different direction for safety, adding that at the end of the day election could not be conducted but votes were allocated to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

At this stage, the witness said, “I am emotional because someone died from gun shots”. Yahaya then paused for a while and started weeping.

It took the intervention of the Tribunal Chairman who encouraged him to be strong and conclude his testimony.

Yahaya, who revealed that before 2019 he was an APC member said his pain was that someone died in the election and not because PDP didn’t win.

Another witness Adamu Samuel Sule, also from Kogi State alleged that INEC officials did not give PDP agents election result on the instruction of some unnamed APC stalwarts.

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INEC official was caught with $10,000 on election day in Nasarawa, Atiku’s witness tells tribunal

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A witness for the petitioners from Nasarawa State, Peter Alli, Tuesday told the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja, that an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Abubakar Kaura, was found with a $10,000 on the day of election.

Ali, who said he was the ward collation officer for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), also alleged that the $10,000 was a bribe for the INEC officer to manipulate the outcome of the election results in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Under cross examination by INEC counsel, Yunus Usman (SAN), Ali admitted he reported the matter to the police which he claimed was later transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Bureau for further investigation.

When asked if he knew whether anyone was charged for the said allegation, he affirmed he did not know, adding that he does not have any report concerning the outcome of the investigation.

Further, Ali said the claim was not a hearsay evidence, saying he personally witnessed the alleged $10,000 found in the custody of the INEC officer.

Also, the INEC counsel asked him if he signed form EC88 under duress. Responding, he said he signed it voluntarily mainly because his party won in the ward.

The witness also asserted that out of the 24 units in the ward, he was only able to receive results of 23 units excluding the unit where the allegation of bribing was allegedly perpetrated.

Other witnesses who testified for the presidential candidate the PDP in the February 23 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, and the party, posited Atiku was bonafide Nigerian.

Leading the team of the witnesses, a retired career diplomat, Ambassador Mabien Zamaki told the tribunal that Atiku was a Nigerian by birth and nationality, and was therefore legally qualified for the presidential … Read More...

Peter Obi shows up at presidential tribunal after rumors of heart attack

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Aide to Peter Obi of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has called as false reports that the VP candidate suffered a heart attack and had to be rushed to the hospital on Wednesday.

The Vice presidential candidate was seen walking into the venue of the inaugural sitting of the Presidential Elections Petition Tribunal in Abuja.

In a statement, Valentine Obienyem aide the VP candidate, called the report “reckless” and a fabircation of people wishing the candadate was dead.

“May I therefore use this medium to inform the public that Obi did not suffer any heart attack or any debilitating illness,” Obienyem said. “He felt a bit feverish, which is one of the pangs of humanity, visited a hospital in Anambra and that is all. Peter Obi is hale and hearty.”

 

 

 

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