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Senator Adeyemi asks tribunal to nullify Melaye’s victory, prays for fresh poll

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Senator Adeyemi asks tribunal to nullify Melaye’s victory, prays for fresh poll

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for Kogi west senatorial district seat in the national assembly, Smart Adeyemi, has asked the National and State Assemblies Election Petition Tribunal to nullify the outcome of the election and order a fresh one.

He contended that the election was marred with irregularities and was not conducted according to the provisions of the electoral act.

Adeyemi in the petition filed before the tribunal sitting at the Magistrate court, Wuse, Abuja by his counsel, Adekunle Otitoju, averred that Dino Melaye, that was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) did not score the highest number of lawful votes cast during the election.

The petition filed before the tribunal headed by Justice O. A. Chijoke, prayed the tribunal for a total cancellation of the result in the six local government areas won by Melaye as declared by the commission as nobody should benefit from the irregularities.

According to the petition, the Kogi west senatorial election was conducted contrary to the provisions of the Electoral Act and the ruling of a federal high court.

The petitioner argued that the federal high court, sitting in Lokoja had ruled that the collation and announcement of result of the election should be done in Kabba, which is the headquarters of the senatorial district.

He, however, said contrary to the ruling which was obtained by the PDP and its candidate, the commission went ahead to collate and announce the result of the election in Lokoja after the result had been manipulated.

Adeyemi, who represented the senatorial district between 2007 and 2015, also told the tribunal that there was a massive irregularity in the number of vote cast when compared with the total number of Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) issued by INEC.

The petition argued that it had been established that in many of the local government areas, the total number of votes recorded were far higher than the number of PVC that the record of INEC showed to have been issued out.

Speaking with newsmen after the pre-hearing sitting of the tribunal, Adeyemi said he approached the tribunal to expose the irregularities and manipulations that characterised election in Kogi west.

He said: “We have about four issues that we want the court to determine for us, the first one is that there was court ruling based on the case filed by my opponent that the collation of result should be at the senatorial headquarters, unfortunately for them they went to a different venue which was the state capital, Lokoja to collate the result, which is contrary to the provisions of the electoral law and the constitution.

“Kabba is our senatorial headquarters but they collated in Lokoja, in the process they stopped over along the way and they manipulated the result and changed figures, they changed the result in such a manner that one could see that something went wrong.

“The second issue is that we made a request to INEC for the record of PVC distribution which will determine the number of votes, the PVC determines who votes but to our dismay, based on the INEC documents they gave to us we discovered that in some of the local governments the votes were three times more than the number of the PVCs distributed, so the question is should the votes be higher than the PVCs?

“We care also at the tribunal to let the world know that PDP didn’t win the election, what they succeeded in doing is to manipulate the system, while we were waiting in Kabba, the senatorial headquarters, which was part of the ruling of the federal high court, they took the bypass and went to Lokoja to collate, on their way to Lokoja they stopped over and manipulated the result.

“If one sees the result it will be discovered that it was totally mutilated, the mutilation occurred in the process of going to Lokoja to do the collation contrary to the provisions of the constitution and the ruling of the court in a case filed by Dino Melaye himself that the collation must be in Kabba.”

Adeyemi argued that PDP and Melaye never won the election as he was not on ground and he did not campaign throughout the electioneering period, asking the tribunal to order a fresh election.

Culled from the Nigerian Tribune

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A Lagos based businessman, Chima Nsudum, has petitioned the National Judicial Council (NJC) urging it to investigate Justice D. E. Osiagor of the Federal High Court in Umuahia, Abia State, over his alleged bias in a case before him.

Nsudum, in his petition, a copy of which was obtained by this news medium, wants the NJC to probe the alleged poor handling of a winding up proceeding of a private limited liability company, Davebenlin Nigeria Limited.

The petitioner clamed that on December 4, 2019, the Judge received a notice of appeal, and an application for stay of proceedings pending appeal, forcing him to adjourn the main suit indefinitely.

“However in spite of the order for adjournment granted by the judge, in the suit number: FHC/UM /PET/02 2018 between Chima Nsudum and Davebenlin Nigeria Limited, he later fixed a new date for hearing of the matter without the conclusion of the appeal.”

According to him, the judge fixed
July 23, 2020 for hearing of a motion by Davebenlin Nigeria Limited, seeking to confiscate the brand name ‘KMCA’ of a Sandpaper product owned by his company, Panadave Investments Limited, anywhere it was found in Nigeria on the allegation that they were newly imported in contravention of the Judge’s injunctive order.

The petitioner claimed that Panadeve Investments Limited is not a party in the suit.

Nsudum further claimed that “during the proceedings on the 23rd of July 2020, in the face of a Motion on Notice by the petitioner’s counsel, seeking an adjournment of the motion for stay of proceedings, in deference firstly, to the court’s own ruling, secondly, to the Motion for stay of proceedings pending at the Court of Appeal and thirdly, to the Record which had been entered, Justice Osiagor still insisted on hearing Davebenlin’s Motion.

“The judge was, however, forced to adjourn the matter to October 13, because the time had not run out for the petitioner to file counter-affidavits to the Motion.

“Nevertheless, he still went ahead to make an order for maintenance of status-quo by the parties.”

“In the meantime, a Form 48 (Notice of disobedience to an order of court) was served on the petitioner’s office, with a copy of the order of 23rd July 2020 as an attachment.

“The Form 48 was dated 24th of July 2020, meaning that the order attached was obtained most probably on the 23rd of July 2020 by Davebenlin’s counsel, while the petitioner’s counsel has been denied access to the proceedings/order to date,” Nsudum alleged.

“The Judge has consistently refused recording my lawyers and their submission. For example, the Judge attributed his order that ‘parties should maintain status quo’ on the 23rd of July 2020 to my lawyer, Barrister U.A. Emeagwara, when no such application emanated from him on that day.

“In view of the foregoing, the petitioner is uneasy about the conduct and disposition of Hon. Justice Osiagor, and does not believe he can have a fair-hearing before him, hence his petition,” he claimed.

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PDP hails Appeal Court Ruling that upturned sack of Bayelsa governor Diri

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PDP  hails Appeal Court Ruling that upturned sack of Bayelsa governor Diri

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has acclaimed the Court of Appeal ruling on Friday, October 2, 2020 that upheld the election of Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State.
The country’s main opposition party described the Appellate Court judgment as victory for the rule of law and true will of the Bayelsa people.


A statement by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan said; “Our party congratulates the people of Bayelsa and notes that the celebration that erupted in state at the breaking of the news of the verdict is not only a testimony that indeed justice was upheld but also that Govenor Diri is indeed the choice of the people.”
The PDP noted that just like other governors elected on its platform, “Governor Diri indeed had hit the ground running in the task of developing Bayelsa state, particularly in his outline of projects in key sectors.”

The party listed the sectors to include, manufacturing, agriculture, oil and gas, power, road infrastructure, and education, among others, noting that the Governor Diri’s administration is focused on developing the state despite the prevailing fiscal challenges.
“Our party therefore urges Governor Diri not to relent but continue in his commitment towards the good of all, in line with the manifesto of the PDP”, the statement said.
A five-man panel of the court of appeal had overturned a ruling which nullified the election of Douye Diri as governor of Bayelsa State on Friday.
The court held that the Bayelsa Election Petition Tribunal acted outside its jurisdiction by nullifying the election of Diri’s election.
In a unanimous judgment, the five-man panel of the court said the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party failed to show that it had a valid candidature that was unlawfully excluded by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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Kogi CJ names ICT Centre after predecessor, Ajanah

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Kogi CJ names ICT Centre after predecessor, Ajanah


By Friday Idachaba

Chief Judge of Kogi, Justice Henry Olusiyi has named the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centre of the state Judiciary after the immediate past Chief Judge of the state, late Justice Nasir Ajanah.

Olusiyi disclosed this at a Valedictory and Special Court Session in honour of deceased and retired Judicial Officers of the state judiciary at the state High Court Complex on Tuesday in Lokoja.

The Acting Chief Judge who described late Ajanah as his bossom friend, brother, colleague and boss said it was essential for him to rechristen the the ICT centre after Ajanah as part of efforts to immortalise him.

This, according to him, is in view of the late jurist’s commitment to the establishment of the centre as part of efforts to digitise and automate the operations of the state judiciary.

“We are doing this to immortalise his name in recognition of his contributions to the administration of Justice in Nigeria and particularly, in Kogi State.

“The ICT centre was built under his leadership. It was commissioned in 2014 and it contains quite a number of state-of-the-art communication facilities.

“So, it’s now my great privilege and honour to dedicate this Centre to the service of mankind and to the glory of the almighty God.

“From now henceforth, the High Court of Justice ICT Centre shall be known and referred to as ‘Honourable Justice Nasir Ajanah (CON) ICT Centre’.

“It is our hope that it will serve as a nucleus for our efforts to automate our Court processes in Kogi State Judiciary”, Olusiyi said. (NAN)

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