Oyo guber: Tribunal decides Ladoja, Ajimobi fate today

The Oyo State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal will on Tuesday give judgment on the petition filed by former Oyo State Governor, Rashidi Ladoja, of the Accord Party, against the victory of Governor Abiola Ajimobi in the April 11 governorship poll.

Ladoja is challenging the declaration of Ajimobi of the All Progressives Congress as the winner of the governorship poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The state Police Command said on Monday that it had deployed its men in the venue of the ruling, warning that anyone, who had no business with the tribunal, should stay away from the premises.

Police Public Relation Officer in the state, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said the state Commissioner of Police, Leye Oyebade, would lead the operation.

He said, “We have enough well-equipped uniformed and plain-clothed policemen comprising operatives drawn from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, mobile police, Counter Terrorism Unit, Explosive Ordinance Department, State Intelligence Bureau, Dog section and mounted troops.

“The deployment has since commenced to forestall any breakdown of law and order. All the personnel deployed have been adequately briefed. The CP will personally be in charge of the operations. He has warned anyone, who has no business at the venue and its environs, to stay away.

“He further warned would-be miscreants, hoodlums and other social elements against fomenting trouble before, during or after the tribunal judgment as any erring person or group will be arrested and prosecuted.”

The awaited ruling has generated a lot of tension in both camps with words being traded by supporters and party chieftains.

 

 

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Plateau Election Tribunal Upholds Gov. Lalong’s Election

The Plateau State governorship election petitions tribunal has affirmed the victory of Governor Simon Lalong in the April 11 governorship poll.

Gyang Pwajok of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and his party had dragged Lalong of the All Progressives Congress (APC) before the tribunal.

The PDP claimed that there were cases of irregularities during the polls, asking the panel to nullify the election and declare Pwajok as winner.

The tribunal, which ruled on the petition in Jos, the Plateau State capital, dismissed the petitioners’ petition for lack of merit.

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David Mark To Testify At Election Tribunal

Former Senate President David Mark is set to give evidence in a case challenging his declaration as winner of the Benue South Senatorial election, as an election tribunal sitting in Makurdi adjourns.

The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal on Thursday fixed the date of Senator Mark’s appearance as August 18, for his cross-examination in the case brought by Daniel Onjeh of the APC.

Mark’s only opponent in the election, Onjeh had alleged that the results were marred by electoral malpractices and significant breaches of the Electoral Act 2011 as amended. He further asserted that INEC officials were compromised in the process, and voters were subject to financial inducements by PDP agents at various polling units in the district.

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Tribunal Dimisses Wike’s Bid To Relocate Election Tribunal To Rivers

The Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, has dismissed an application by Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, seeking an order relocating its venue to Rivers.

In a ruling, the three-man panel led by Justice Muazu Pindiga, dismissed the application on the ground that the tribunal had power to sit in Abuja, following security challenges in the state.

The tribunal also held that the composition of the tribunal was not in any way defective and that the President of the Court of Appeal had the power to fix the venue of the tribunal.

Mr. Pindiga added that ?the issue of accessibility and proximity of the venue for the tribunal cannot be decided without considering the security situation, earlier argued by the governor’s counsel, Emmanuel Ukala, SAN.

The governor had prayed the tribunal to relocate the venue to Rivers, adding that the election was duly conducted in line with Section 285 of the Nigerian constitution.

A governorship candidate, Dakuku Peterside, and his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) had in April dragged Mr. Wike to court over his victory at the recent governorship election in Rivers.

Joined in the suit, filed by the APC, are the Independent National Electoral Commission and the Peoples Democratic Party.

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Oyo Election Tribunal Commences Sitting

The Election Petition Tribunal in Oyo State on Monday held its inaugural sitting. The three- man tribunal is headed by Justice J,G Abundaga with Justices G.C Nnamani and A.H Suleiman as members.

Justice Abundaga sought the support of lawyers handling briefs for petitioners, saying that their cooperation will determine the success of the tribunal.

The tribunal has so far received 35 petitions in respect of results of elections into the National Assembly, state House of Assembly and governorship.

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Agbaje Challenges Ambode’s Victory At Election Tribunal

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the April 11 gubernatorial election in Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje is challenging the victory of Akinwunmi Ambode of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the poll.

Agbaje has filed a petition at the State Election Tribunal. The petition was filed on April 30 by Agbaje’s lawyers. Agbaje is contesting Ambode’s victory on three grounds.

Joined along with Ambode in the petition are the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the APC and INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Lagos State, Akin Orebiyi. Agbaje had previously congratulated Ambode on his victory in the election.

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Group Rejects Sitting Of Rivers Election Tribunal In Abuja

A non-governmental organisation, Society for Good Governance, has called for the relocation of the Rivers State Election Petitions Tribunal from Abuja, where it is currently sitting, to Port Harcourt.

The group’s coordinator, Mr. Tamuno Greg, said that there was no basis for the tribunal to sit in Abuja. Rivers State is among the four states whose governorship and legislative houses elections petitions tribunals are to sit in Abuja.

The other states whose election tribunals are to sit in the Federal Capital Territory are Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.

It was learnt that the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, decided that the tribunal for those states are to sit in the FCT for security reasons.

But Greg faulted the directive by Bulkachuwa, arguing that Port Harcourt was peaceful and that there was no threat whatsoever to the lives of the tribunal members.

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