Good day, Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of Election Tribunal news headlines for today Friday, August 23rd, 2019.
Below is a roundup of top stories emanating from the Election Tribunal.
The Kogi State National Assembly/State Assembly election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, has nullified the election of Senator Dino Melaye. Naija News reports that the tribunal nullified Senator Melaye’s election on Friday morning, August 23.
Senator Dino Melaye has vowed to appeal the judgment of the Kogi State National Assembly/State Assembly election petition tribunal, which nullified his election as Kogi West senator. Naija News had reported earlier that the tribunal nullified Senator Melaye’s election on Friday morning, August 23.
The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Thursday, dismissed the petition by the Hope Democratic Party (HDP) and its candidate, Ambrose Owuru. Naija News reports HDP and Owuru were challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress in the February 23 presidential election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has urged the presidential election petition tribunal to dismiss the suit filed before it by Atiku Abubakar and his team. The electoral body further submitted that the suit by Atiku and the Peoples Democratic Party challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress at the February 23 presidential election in Nigeria is a sheer waste of the court’s time.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck out an appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its 2019 presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. A five-man panel led by Justice Datijo Mohammed struck out the appeal for having become statute-barred.
The Independent National Electoral Commission has revealed why the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, was not declared the winner of the February 23 election. INEC while speaking at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal stated that it is sure that the former Vice President of Nigeria did not secure the highest votes during the election.
Oyo State Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan has dismissed the appeal filed by the Labour Party (LP) against the election of the Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun. Naija news learned that the court described the Labour Party’s appeal as lacking in merit and outrightly frivolous.
The All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party and President Muhammadu Buhari, have asked the presidential election petitions tribunal to dismiss the petition filed by Atiku Abubakar and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), challenging the February 23 general election on technicalities and evidential grounds. Naija News reports that the prayers formed the complete range other requests contained in both APC and Buhari’s final addresses to be adopted on August 23, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, August 19 in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
The Kwara State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal has set Friday, September 20, 2019, to deliver judgment in the petition filed by Rasak Atunwa, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, challenging the election of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq. Naija News understands that the PDP candidate in the 2019 governorship election is challenging AbdulRazaq’s election at the tribunal on the grounds that the governor presented a forged secondary school certificate and was therefore not qualified to run for the governorship – a claim AbdulRazaq insists is unfounded.
The Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Akure, the capital of Ondo state has sacked Ikengboju Gboluga as the member representing Okitipupa/Irele Federal Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives. Gboluga was elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Supreme Court on Tuesday, sacked Mustapha Usman, a member of the House of Representatives, representing Yola South/Yola North/Girei Federal Constituency of Adamawa State. Naija News reports Usman represents his constituency in the House on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of Governor Emeka Ihedioha in the case instituted against him on his emergence as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate. Samuel Nnaemeke Anyanwu had gone to court to challenge Ihedioha’s emergence as the PDP candidate in Imo State during the last governorship election.
The Supreme Court has fixed August 20, 2019, to hear an application filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party and its Presidential candidate in the 2019 Presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, challenging the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal’s rejection of their request to access the INEC “central server”. Naija News recalls that the former Vice President and his party had prayed the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal to grant them access to inspect the central server allegedly used by INEC to transmit results during the 2019 general elections.
That’s the Election Tribunal news for today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you again tomorrow.