Governor Seriake Dickson has called for outright cancellation of the elections in Nembe Local Government Area where 20 people were reportedly killed by gunmen at a PDP campaign rally.
Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Kogi West Senatorial District rerun election, Smart Adeyemi has cast his ballot.
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A Lokoja-based lawyer, Ehimoni Sunday has approached the federal high court seeking to disqualify Musa Wada of the PDP from contesting Saturday’s Kogi guber elections.
In addition to determining the points above, Mr. Ehimoni prayed the court for several reliefs including the following:
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Protesters, under the aegis of Free Nigeria Movement, Coalition in Defence of Nigerian Democracy and Constitution, and Concerned Nigerians on Friday staged a protest to demand transparency and credibility in the forthcoming Kogi and Bayelsa gubernatorial elections.
Protesting at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, the coalition urged INEC to act upon recommendations by local and international observers regarding flaws noticed in the 2019 general elections.
Speaking on behalf of the coalition, Raphael Adebayo said, “We have read multiple media reports on your concern that thugs have been heavily mobilized to disrupt the forthcoming Kogi and Bayelsa states governorship elections. While we commend the honesty of the commission in its risk assessment report on the forthcoming elections, we must strongly urge the commission to be firm and unbiased in dealing with any form of electoral misconduct or violence by any of the political parties during the forthcoming elections.”
Adebayo, however, urged INEC to cancel the ballot at the polling unit where violence was recorded.
He added that this would serve as a deterrent to politicians and political parties bent on using violence to undermine elections and subvert the will of the people.
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The Independent National Electoral Commission has raised an alarm of thugs being mobilized to perpetrate violence in the governorship elections scheduled to take place in Kogi and Bayelsa States in November.
Speaking at the quarterly meeting of the inter-agency consultative committee on election security (ICCES) in Abuja, INEC’s chairman Yakubu Mahmood said the risk assessment will be shared with security agencies as some flash points have already been identified.
He said: “There are already warning signals in the two sates (which) are politically volatile. Our own risk assessment which will be shared with the security agencies at this meeting has identified some flash points.
“We are also concerned that thugs have been mobilised from within and outside the states with the aim of either influencing the elections or disrupting the process on behalf of partisan sponsors.
“This calls for a robust response before the elections, on election day and during the process of collation and declaration of results.”
“If that happens, many Nigerians will blame the electoral umpire and the security agencies. We must continue to rise to this challenge.
“Over the last seven months, we have been working assiduously to ensure that we conduct credible elections. We cannot undermine the processes we have so laboriously established.
“We have been reassured by the security agencies that election day activities at polling units and collation centres will not be disrupted by the activities of hoodlums neither will thugs be allowed to cart away results sheets or compel our returning officers to make declarations under duress.
“We are equally re-assured that security personnel will adhere strictly to the standard operational guidelines and deal decisively with misconduct by their personnel on election duty,” Mahmood added.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has said that over 66,000 police personnel will be deployed for the November 16 governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States.
Mr Adamu played host to the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu during the meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security organised by the commission in Abuja.
He revealed that about 31,041 personnel will be deployed to cover the election in Bayelsa state, while 35,200 personnel will man the entire terrain in Kogi as well.
The police boss stated that the deployment of personnel will not allow free activities of touts to perpetrate their heinous acts during the election period.
“In Bayelsa State, we are deploying about 31,041 personnel to cover the election.
“In Kogi State, we are deploying about 35,200 personnel to cover the election.
“These Personnel are to cover every terrain in the two states; no touts will be allowed to be brought from any adjoining states to disrupt elections.”
The IGP assured the electoral umpire that the security of the INEC and the election materials will be given top priority.
“All those areas will be manned. The security of INEC and its election materials are guaranteed by these deployments.
“State INEC headquarters will be protected in the states and even the LGAs.
According to him, the ward collation centers will be adequately protected; the CBN where the materials will be taken care of, and the polling unit and collation centers will be adequately manned.
The Supreme Court on Monday struck out a fresh suit filed by the Hope Democratic Party (HDP) and it’s presidential candidate, Ambrose Owuru, challenging the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari as winner of the Feb. 23 presidential election.
The apex court bowed to hear the appeal afresh following protest by the party that the court’s earlier decision which dismissed the appeal was based on technicality rather than on merits of law.
The apex court struck out the appeal following the dramatic withdrawal of an application praying for restoration of the appeal to be heard afresh.
Justice Olukayode Ariwoola who led four other Justices in a short ruling struck out the application.
Ariwoola in the ruling agreed that the application of the appellants had been caught up by section 285 of the 1999 constitution and as such no longer has life to maintain it.
He, however, declined to award cost against the appellants as demanded by counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC Yunus Usman SAN and that of the All Progressives Congress APC Yakubu Maikyau SAN.
Owuru and HDP had sought for leave of the court to allow them bring back their appeal to which had been struck due to errors of filling two notices of appeal in respect of one matter and against the provisions of the law.
When the matter came up on Monday, the attention of counsel to the appellants Mr Sunday Ezema was drawn to section 285 (7) of the 1999 constitution and was asked whether the appeal has not become statute barred.
Although the counsel initially insisted the appeal can still be heard, he however made a dramatic u-turn and applied for withdrawal of the application.
Buhari’s counsel Wole Olanipekun, SAN, did not ask for cost against the two appellants.
Olanipekun had objected to the application of the appellants to hear their appeal afresh on the grounds that it was statute barred.
He argued that the appellants were not fair to the court by engaging it ‘in a non justiciable application that will serve no purpose other than wasting precious time of the court.
The position was adopted by counsel to INEC and APC but with demand for substantial cost against the appellants for wasting the time of the court with frivolous application.
HDP had filed a fresh motion to challenge the way and manners its appeal against President Buhari’s election was determined and struck out on what it termed technicality rather than merit of law.
The party in the new motion had asked the apex court to reverse itself in the ruling delivered on October 3 and restore the appeal for fresh hearing on merit rather than on technicality of filing two notices of appeal together in one matter.
In the fresh motion on notice brought pursuant to order 8 rule 2 of the Supreme Court Rules and sections 6 and 36 of the 1999 constitution as well as section 22 of the Supreme Court Act, the party and Owuru, claimed that the judgment delivered by Justice Mary Peter Odili in favour of Buhari was invalid on the ground that it was based on technicalities of law rather than merit and justice.
The motion filed by Mr Chukwunonyerem Njoku on behalf of the appellants pleaded with the court to restore their appeal for a fresh hearing.
The HDP and its candidate maintained that the striking out of their appeal on technical ground was without compliance with the mandatory procedure of law.
The apex court had on Oct. 3 struck out the HDP’s appeal on the grounds that more than one notice of appeal was filed in the same appeal contrary to the provisions of law.
Justice Odili who delivered the verdict had also held that Owuru and HDP failed to appeal against the ruling delivered by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on August 22 which struck out their petition based on the lack of jurisdiction.
“The two notices of appeal filed by the appellants and jointly utilised is a procedure not backed by law and cannot be used.
“Rather the appellants have come here to tackle the decision on the merits which the court below handled out of the abundance of caution”, she said
In their petition at the tribunal, they had prayed for nullification of the February 23 election on the ground that its shift from Feb. 16 by INEC to Feb. 23 was not in compliance with any law and as such a nullity.
The two appellants claimed that a referendum election was conducted by Nigerians on Feb. I6 and won by them with over 50 million voice votes and that the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) should be ordered to inaugurate them as President of Nigeria based on the referendum election results. (NAN)
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The Benue State Governorship Tribunal has upheld the re-election of Governor Samuel Ortom.
The tribunal gave the verdict on Monday after a panel dismissed the petition of the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Emmanuel Jime, for lacking in merit.