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Tribunal sacks Orji Uzor Kalu from Senate

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The National and State House of Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal sitting in Umuahia has nullified the election of the Senate Chief Whip, Orji Kalu, for Abia North Senatorial District.

Delivering its judgment on Monday, a member of the three-member tribunal, Justice I.P.C Igwe, said the petitioner, Mao Ohuabunwa, a former senator, successfully proved his allegation of substantial non-compliance with the electoral guidelines.

Ohuabunwa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had approached the tribunal to nullify the election of Kalu, who contested the February 23 2019 election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Kalu is a former governor of Abia State.

The petitioner told the tribunal that Mr Kalu’s declaration as the winner of the poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) did not comply with the provisions of the 2010 Electoral Act as amended.

He alleged that INEC excluded some votes during the collation of results, adding that the commission also disenfranchised many registered voters in the constituency.

The tribunal said since all the parties agreed that elections were peaceful in the entire senatorial district, INEC failed in its duty to ensure that all the unit results were duly recorded in the relevant ward and local government result sheets.

It frowned at the exclusion of over 30,000 votes from Arochukwu Local Government Area, without giving good reason for its action.

The tribunal held that the excluded figure was much higher than the over 10,000 votes, which was the margin of lead between Mr Kalu and the petitioner.

The panel therefore nullified the election and ordered a supplementary election in the affected areas within 90 days.

In a reaction, counsel for Ohuabunwa, Mike Onyeka, hailed the judgment, saying it had increased his confidence in the judiciary.

“I feel a little more confident in the judiciary because what has been decided is the justice of the matter,” he said.

In a related development, the tribunal upheld the election of Sam Onuigbo for Ikwuano/Umuahia Federal Constituency.

In a unanimous judgment delivered by the Chairman, Justice Cornelius Akintayo, the tribunal dismissed the petition filed by Martin Apugo of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for lack of competence.

Apugo had petitioned the tribunal claiming that Onuigbo, who contested the poll on the platform of PDP was not duly elected.

He contended that Onuigbo did not score the majority of the lawful votes cast and that his election should be annulled, while urging the tribunal to declare him winner instead.

He alleged that election did not hold in some areas, adding that the exercise was marred with irregularities in some parts of the constituency.

Apugo specifically alleged corrupt practices, including mutilation and swapping of results by INEC in favour of
Onuigbo.

But the tribunal held that the petitioner failed to prove his allegation that the exercise did not hold in some areas with ample evidence.

It further held that the petitioner failed to prove the criminal allegation beyond reasonable doubt and therefore dismissed the petition in its entirety.

He awarded N200,000 as cost to each of the first, second and third respondents.

(NAN)

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PDP congratulates Okowa, Ikpeazu on tribunal judgments

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Friday hailed the upholding of the elections of Governors Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state by the governorship elections petition tribunals in the two states.

It also said the verdicts have placed a seal on the acceptance of the governors as demonstrated in their landslide victory at the March 2019 governorship elections in both states.

Spokesman of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan said this in a statement to TIMELY POST.

The opposition party also said the report of celebrations in the states at the breaking of the news of the verdict is a testimony that indeed justice was upheld in the rulings.

Parr of the statement reads, “The party notes that just like other governors elected on the platform of the PDP, Governor Okowa and Governor Ikpeazu stand out in their commitments towards developing their states, particularly the massive
infrastructural projects in key sectors including, manufacturing, agriculture, oil and gas, power, road infrastructure, education among others despite prevailing challenges.

“The PDP urges the governors not to relent but continue in their commitment in delivering on their mandates for the good of all, in line with the manifesto of the PDP”.

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Kaduna cleric Sheikh Gummi, dismisses 2019 general elections as worst ever

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A Kaduna State-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gummi, has described the last general elections as the worst ever in the history of Nigeria.

He explained that the video evidence made available show that few hundreds of people generated millions of votes.

Sheikh Ahmad Gummi made the expression when he hosted the General Overseer of the Evangelical Bible Outreach Ministry, Jos and the Convener For the Movement of Initiative of a Brighter and Better Nigeria, Prophet Isa elBuba at his residence in Kaduna, said,
“The last election was the worst ever to be conducted in the country.

“We invited INEC, APC, PDP and told them this is what we will do to stop rigging in 2015.

“When the election came, we realized we were handicapped because Nigerians were ignorant, but they failed to realise that Nigerians can create an independent polls.

“In 2015, we saw that INEC was not ready for a flawless election. Then another government came with mantra of change and anti corruption. I expected 2019 election to be neat, but I found it to be the worst I have ever witnessed.

“Many people came to me from all over the country, some came with video and told me those millions of votes you see is coming from just a few hundreds.

“When the results were announced, they said, we told you. So what is the card reader meant for? How can you say you are fighting corruption and you are riding on corruption to come back and create economic damage that will take maybe 40 years to correct.”

Speaking earlier, Prophet el-Buba commended Sheikh Gummi for being a leading light in the present generation on issues that are national importance.

He noted, “I really want to commend you for standing out to speak the truth not just to authorities but also to the followers.

“With situation of things in the country, we need to pull our minds together and salvage the country.

“We cannot afford to continue to leave the control of things in the hands of politicians, if not it will continue like this.

“I have traversed the whole country and discovered that the north is worst. Things are degenerating the more, the poverty is unbearable.”

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Reps tell Buhari how to reduce unemployment

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The House of Representatives, Thursday called on the Federal government to bail out failed companies in order to tackle the rising unemployment.

The decision followed a motion of urgent importance moved by James Faleke.

Leading the debate on the motion, Faleke said that the motion becomes important in the face of growing unemployment in the country.

“My concern Is the number of graduates we are producing yearly, over 1.3m without opportunity for job. This is why some people are being lured into criminality, not that they want to be engaging in criminality, but out of nothing to do, they resort to criminality.

“If government can identify 100 companies and approach banks and get loans. This will help to reduce Nigerians traveling to other African countries for job,” he said.

Speaking in support, Emeka Azubogu from Anambra state noted that there will be need for holistic review of the economy.

” We need a knowledge based economy, there are already existing policies that we need to rejig. There are many incentives by the CBN. There are facts we need to look at holistically. I also thank the president for the Economic Advisory council.”

Shehu Koko from Kebbi State, while supporting the motion called on the federal government to improve power.

He said,” Know that President Olusegun Obasanjo recapitalised banks, I Know that President Buhari bailed out states, if we bail out failed companies, we will generate jobs, however, if the issue of power is not addressed, we will not make any progress.”

Opposing the motion, Rotimi Agunsoye from Lagos countered the motion, calling for a review of the reasons being the failure of the sector.

I will not support the idea of bailout, before now those industries were working, why are they not working now?

“Number one, power and number two is premium, If they can improve on premium, that will be better than bailout, and power is just like blood in the body, if there is no blood, the body can not function.”

The motion was subsequently passed after it was put to vote by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila and referred to committee on industry.

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