Gambia: Yahya Jammeh’s party files petition to challenge election result

Gambia’s ruling party filed a petition to challenge the result of the presidential election which saw Yahya Jammeh lose power after 22 years rule.

The result of the December 1 polls should be annulled, the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC), said in a document handed to the registrar of the Supreme Court in the capital, Banjul.

The petition was filed after an ECOWAS delegation met with Jammeh, hoping to persuade him to hand over power to President-elect Adama Barrow.

The delegation included Presidents Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, John Mahama of Ghana and Ernest Koroma of Sierra Leone.

Apart from ECOWAS, the UN, AU and the U.S. have all called on Mr. Jammeh to respect the wish of Gambians and relinquish power.

Earlier on Tuesday, security forces blocked the entrance to the electoral commission in Banjul, while the Chief of Defence Staff vowed to remain loyal to Mr. Jammeh, indicating that the country’s military would help him stay in power.

Mr. Jammeh last week announced his intention to challenge the election results, even though he had earlier conceded defeat to Mr. Barrow.

The 51-year-old, who has ruled the West African country for 22 years, deployed heavily armed military and police to the streets of the capital.

Rivers Re-Run: INEC Releases Statement On Election Results


Pursuant to the Orders of the Court of Appeal, the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) conducted elections into various seats in both the National and the Rivers State House of Assembly yesterday, the 19th of March, 2016.
Rather unfortunately, some of these elections witnessed the disruption of the process, including the barricading of some of the INEC Local Government offices and Registration Area Centres(RACs) used for the distribution of Electoral materials which led to the late commencement of the exercise in some places and consequently, its smooth take off.
Of more serious concern was the level of threats, violence and intimidation of election officials and voters by well armed thugs and miscreants allegedly acting on behalf of some politicians, which marred the elections in some areas. There were reports of numerous attacks resulting in fatalities, kidnappings, ballot snatching, diversion of officials and materials, amongst others, which necessitated its suspension in 8 Local Government Areas.
Regrettably, such deviant behaviour has continued today. Several permanent and ad hoc staff engaged have been attacked, again resulting in fatalities, while some have been forcibly abducted and taken to presently unknown destinations.
Under such difficult circumstance, the Returning Officers were only able to collate and declare results in 1 Federal and 9 State constituencies where the disruption and malpractices were not so widespread.
Having reviewed the situation, the Commission is compelled to suspend all further action concerning the exercise in all the other constituencies in the State pending the receipt of a comprehensive report from its Field Officials and Monitors. For the avoidance of doubt, it should be noted that the suspension does not affect the constituencies where the exercise has been completed and the results declared by the Returning Officers.
Oluwole Osaze- Uzzi,
Director, Voter Education and Publicity, INEC

PDP Disrupts Election Result Announcement

Former minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Orubebe, has accused Jega of being partisan and partial during the announcement of results of the presidential election at the International Conference Center Abuja. As the election result announcement were about to commence, Orubebe addressed the audience, saying the Peoples Democratic Party will not accept the results of Kano, Kaduna and Jigawa.

He accused Jega of being partisan and partial, stating that he addressed the complaint of the All Progressives Congress regarding the Rivers state election, but has refused to accept the petition of the PDP about the results from Kano, Kaduna and Jigawa.

Orubebe screaming at the top of his voice that the ruling party had lost confidence in the INEC Chairman. He said, “We are not confident in what you are doing. You are very partial. APC complained about about Rivers and you answered them but you refused to answer our complaints. We have lost confidence in you. We don’t believe in you anymore. You have been compromised and we cannot take it.You are partial and are tribalistic. Nigerians will not allow this and we will not let this continue…”

Family Crisis: Husband Beats Wife Over Election Results In Kwara

Raphael Abiodun, a commercial motorcyclist from Kwara State, is alleged to have cruelly beat his wife over a disagreement on the outcome of this past weekend’s elections.

The couple, who live in the Igangu area of Omu-Aran in the Irepodun LGA, are members of different political parties and are said to have engaged in an argument after Bose, Abiodun’s wife, began celebrating the victory of her party in the House of Representatives and senatorial elections.

Neighbors are said to have intervened and broken up the fight before it could continue any further.

Abiodun revealed that his wife’s attitude angered him due to the fact that she benefited from funds provided through Abiodun’s party of choice.

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