Supreme Court upholds Fayemi’s election

The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State. In a unanimous judgment on Friday, a five-man panel of the court dismissed the appeal filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the last governorship election in Ekiti, Kolapo Olusola Eleka. The PDP and Eleka had appealed the judgment of the Court of Appeal, which upheld the decision of the Justice Suleiman Belgore-led election tribunal that held that Fayemi was validly elected. In the lead judgment by Justice John Okoro, the court…

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2019 poll: Swear with the Qur’an that you didn’t rig the election – Buba Galadima to Buhari

Buba Galadima, a former ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, has challenged him to swear with the Qur’an that he did not rig the 2019 presidential election. Galadima, who spoke in an interview with The Sun, said Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the PDP, won the election but it was allegedly rigged by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He described the election as an embarrassment while challenging the president and the APC leaders to swear with the holy books to prove Buhari won. “The…

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Atiku releases details of election result from INEC server to prove he defeated Buhari

Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23 presidential election has released further details about the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to back up his claims that he defeated President Muhammadu Buhari, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC). According to the result declared by INEC from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Buhari polled 15,191,847, while Atiku came second with 11,262,978 votes. But, Atiku claimed he garnered a total of 18,356,732 votes to defeat Buhari, who, according…

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Buhari congratulates Israeli’s Netanyahu on election victory

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the State of Israel on his victory in the parliamentary election. Buhari in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Sunday, extended best wishes to the people of the State of Israel in the aftermath of the successful conclusion of the poll. The Nigerian leader, who also wished them peace, progress and stability, said he looked forward to continue to work with the Israeli Prime Minister to strengthen existing cordial and…

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Atiku not a Nigerian, unqualified to be president, APC tells election tribunal

• Is Atiku actually an alien? The All Progressives Congress (APC) has told the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja that former Vice President and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Feb. 23 presidential poll, Atiku Abubakar, is not a Nigerian. The party has said that based on that allegation, Atiku was not qualified to have contested the presidential election. Atiku is challenging the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as winner of the February 23 presidential election. Lateef Fagbemi,…

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S/Court dismisses APC, Tonye Cole’s appeal over Rivers election

The Supreme Court has struck out three appeals filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC), Tonye Patrick Cole and members of his faction of the party, against the judgment that excluded the APC from fielding candidates in the last elections in Rivers State. A seven-man panel of the apex court, led by Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, held that three appeals were defective, incompetent and could not be heard by the court. The appeals are: SC/295/ 2019 filed by APC, with People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) listed…

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INEC fixes Nov 2 for Kogi, Bayelsa governorship election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed November 2, 2019, to conduct governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States. INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Voter Education and Information, Mr Festus Okoye, announced this in a statement on Tuesday. The announcement followed a meeting of the electoral body at its headquarters in Abuja where it approved the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the elections. INEC explained that the official notice for both elections would be issued on August 1 while various political parties who intended to field candidates would…

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Appeal Court clears Adeleke

The controversy over the eligibility of Senator Ademola Adeleke to contest the Osun governorship election has been put to rest as an Akure Federal Court of Appeal at the weekend reaffirmed his qualification and eligibility to contest the office. The Akure Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal against the judgement of Osogbo High court which had confirmed the eligibility of Senator Ademola Adeleke to contest for the governorship of Osun state.The Osogbo High Court had earlier ruled that Senator Adeleke is qualified to contest for the governorship having been educated…

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INEC resumes collation of Rivers Guber election results

As court dismisses AAC’s suit seeking to stop process The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Tuesday resumed the collation of results of the Rivers State governorship election. The Commission had last month suspended the process, citing reports of disruptions and violence that affected voting and collation of results. Rivers State has 23 LGAs, but the commission says only 17 have results ready. The outcome of the ongoing exercise in terms of margin of lead would determine if a supplementary election would hold in other LGAs. It is mainly a…

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Rivers election: Wike, AAC, APC fire INEC as collation resumes

Ahead of today’s resumption of the collation of the results of the governorship election in Rivers State, interested parties have expressed divergent views over the neutrality of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. While Governor Nyesom Wike, governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, expressed optimism in the process if the military is barred from the scene, the candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC, Biokpomabo Awara, and the All Progressives Congress, APC who are backing him, doubted INEC’s sincerity. Army should stay away – Wike Wike, in his remarks…

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Real reasons for inconclusive elections in 2019 – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Thursday in Kaduna said that steep competition among leading political parties in the country was largely responsible for the inconclusive elections recorded in 2019. Prof. Antonia Simbine, INEC’s National Commissioner for North Central Zone, stated this while presenting Certificate of Return to Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Thursday in Kaduna. Simbine said that while the nation’s internal democracy was deepening after six successive elections, the system was being faced by many other emerging realities. “One is the reality that our democracy…

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INEC Issues Certificate of Return to Ihedioha, Others in Imo

Following the end of the just concluded elections and settlement of issues following the conduct of the elections in Imo state, the Independent National Electoral Commission on Wednesday issued a  Certificate of Return to the governor-elect of the state, Emeka Ihedioha. The ceremony which was held at the INEC’s office in Owerri, saw a large crowd of party faithfuls come to show their solidarity. The INEC’s supervisory commissioner, representing Imo and Abia States, Okey Ibeanu had presented the Certificates of Return to the elected politicians which included the Gerald Irona…

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I’m Not Part of Kano Election Violence – Kwankwaso

Immediate past governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso has dissociated himself and the Peoples democratic Party, PDP from reports of violence arising from discontentment over the outcome of the recent governorship election in the state. A statement issued by his media aide, Binta Spikin on Tuesday evening in Kano said the report was laced with venom and directed at discrediting the person of Senator Kwankwanso. “Ordinarily, we would not have responded to a statement such as captured above because it is pregnant with venom and calculated mischief aimed at…

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APC Kicks as INEC Fixes March 28 for Conduct of Adamawa Supplementary Governorship Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has fixed Thursday (tomorrow) for the conduct of Adamawa State governorship supplementary election. INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Kassim Gaidam, said during a press briefing at the INEC office in Yola that the decision to hold the election on Thursday was based on the court ruling. “The court this morning vacated the order restraining INEC from going ahead with the conduct of the supplementary election, consequently the commission is now free to go ahead and conclude the election as was done in…

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Court Strikes Out Suit Challenging INEC Over Bauchi Collation

The Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit challenging the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to resume collation of results in Bauchi governorship election. The case which had been filed by the incumbent governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ,Mohammed Abubakar, had challenged INEC’s decision. INEC had declared the election inconclusive on the grounds that the number of cancelled votes was higher than the margin of lead between the two top political parties. The electoral body later announced that it would resume…

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