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Election Petition: Oyetola, APC close case as INEC presents Adeleke’s certificate

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Osun State former Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Saturday closed their case before the Election Petition Tribunal after the National Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, presented Governor Ademola Adeleke’s certificate before the panel.

Oyetola is challenging the victory of Governor Adeleke at the July 16 governorship election in the state alleging irregularities during the poll.

The tribunal, headed by Justice Tertse Kume had during it sitting on Thursday, December 1, insisted that INEC produced before it a clearer certificate of Adeleke, having presented blurred copies during the proceedings.

At its resumed sitting on Saturday Counsel to INEC, Chief Henry Akunebo, SAN, informed the panel that the subpoena witness is in the court with original copy of form CF001 with the documents attached therein.

INEC representative, Joan Arabs was thereafter summoned to present the documents which she did and copies were presented to the petitioners counsel, Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, who acknowledged that it was legible.

Also, the counsel to Adeleke, Niyi Owolade, and PDP, N. Oke, SAN, also acknowledged that the documents are legible.

Thereafter, Fagbemi sought to tender the documents as exhibit, but the respondents counsels objected to the admissibility of the documents, saying it cannot be admitted in whole but the two pages that were said not to be legible.

Ruling on the matter, the panel said INEC has presented clearer copies of form CF001for the 2nd respondent used for 2018 election and it is admitted in evidence marked file D with all the accompanied attachments.

Fagbemi, thereafter, told the tribunal that petitioners have closed their case. And the tribunal adjourned till December 20, 2022 for continuation of trial.

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Machina loses as supreme court affirms Lawan as Yobe APC senatorial candidate

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The supreme court has affirmed Ahmed Lawan, senate president, as the All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate for Yobe north.

In a majority judgment delivered on Monday, the apex court allowed the appeal filed by the APC against Bashir Machina’s candidature.

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‘The rock upon which Nigeria will stand’ — southern and middle belt leaders endorse Peter Obi

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The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF) has endorsed Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP).

The decision was announced on Thursday in a communique read by John Nwodo, the immediate past president-general of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, at the end of a meeting of the forum in Abuja.

The SMBLF, chaired by Edwin Clark, is made up of leaders from the middle-belt area, as well as groups including the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere, and the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF).

“That we give our unalloyed vote of thanks to our father and leader, Chief Edwin Clark, for his boldness, his sagacity, his tenacity, and his relentlessness in pursuing the aims and aspirations of this organisation,” the communique reads.

“That we warn all those who want to change the hands of the clock of Nigeria by doing anything that will derail a peaceful transition to the next civilian government of this country, that we shall rise like one man in defence of the ballot box and that Nigerians must go to vote.

“This we have resolved today and we enjoin other Nigerians who do not belong to our organisation to join us in realising this for the betterment of Nigeria: Peter Obi is your son and he is the rock upon which Nigeria will stand.”

Also in attendance at the SMBLF meeting were Ayo Adebanjo, Afenifere leader; and Bittus Pogu, president of the Middle Belt Forum.

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JUST IN: Supreme court sacks Emmanuel Bwacha as Taraba APC guber candidate

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The supreme court has nullified the nomination of Emmanuel Bwacha as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Taraba state.

Delivering judgment on Wednesday, a five-member panel led by Kudirat Kekere-Ekun affirmed the verdict of the federal high court which held that the APC did not conduct any valid governorship primary in the state.

On September 20, a federal high court in Jalingo, Taraba state, sacked Bwacha as the APC’s governorship candidate.

David Sabo Kente, one of the aspirants, had filed the suit against Bwacha’s candidature.

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