The National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Makurdi on Tuesday upheld INEC’s return of Mr Samson Okwu as House of Representatives member-elect.
Okwu contested the election for Oju/Obi Federal Constituency of Benue on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
However, Mr Etukwu Onah of All Progressives Congress (APC) had dragged Okwu and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before the tribunal on allegation of irregularities at the March 28 National Assembly election for the constituency.
The petitioner also alleged that INEC was wrong to have returned Okwu as the lawful winner of the said poll.
In her judgement, Justice Mosumola Dipeolu-led tribunal held that the petitioner failed to prove his case beyond all reasonable doubt.
According to the Judge, the petitioner made allegations and the onus of proof rested on him but he failed to lead evidence to prove his case.
She also held that the testimonies of most of the petitioner’s witnesses were contradictory, adding that they were based on mere hearsay, which could not be relied upon in law.
Dipeolu, therefore, dismissed the petition for lacking in merit.
Counsel to Okwu, Mr Samson Udaga, had earlier questioned the basis of the petition.
Udaga cited Sections 47 and 53 of the first schedule to the Electoral Act 2010 in his defense.
According to Okwu the petitioner made criminal allegations on individuals, who are not parties in the matter.
He also urged the tribunal to strike out the petition.
Counsel to Etukwu, Mr Eje Ochuokpa, had objected to the preliminary objection citing Section 137(3) of the Electoral Act, 2010.
He told the tribunal that the entire body of the petition did not contain any name other than INEC officials, saying that it was unnecessary to join them individually.
Kwankwaso denies rift with Shekarau
The presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso has said there is no rift between him and the former Governor of Kano, Ibrahim Shekarau.
Kwankwaso who said this in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service said the reports going on that there is a problem with Ibrahim Shekarau are not true and are rumours by mischief makers for the reasons known to them.
Kwankwaso said this while responding to some reports that Senator Shekarau is planning to return to the PDP because the party failed to fulfil the promises made to them before he joined the NNPP.
“There was no agreement between us and Shekarau apart from giving some political positions to his people which we tried to fulfil but there is nothing we can do because it was brought late”.
According to him, most of those brought by Shekarau to get a seat in the NNPP joined the party at a time when INEC would not accept their candidacy because the primary election was over.
He, however, assured that when the Government is formed, they will get key positions.
Senator Kwankwaso added that this will not cause any problem for the NNPP party saying that there is no problem between him and Shekarau.
Details of Tinubu’s meeting with Obasanjo emerge
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday visited the Penthouse residence of former President Olusegun Obasanjo at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta.
Tinubu visited Obasanjo in company of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbaajabiamila, Chief Bisi Akande and Nuhu Ribadu.
At about 1pm when Tinubu’s chopper landed within the OOPL, he was received by Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, former Governors Segun Osoba and Gbenga Daniel, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo and other top government functionaries.
At about 1:20pm, Tinubu and his entourage went into Obasanjo’s residence to meet their host.
An inside source said the former Lagos State Governor, Abiodun, Gbajabiamila, Osoba, Akande, Ribadu and others first held a meeting with the Balogun Owu behind closed doors.
After about an hour, the former President pulled Tinubu and they both went into a private room for another meeting.
It was gathered that the duo had a private discussion not known to any of those who went in with the APC national leader.
Tinubu later had lunch at Obasanjo’s place before he departed after about two hours.
When he was accosted by pressmen downstairs, the presidential candidate refused to grant an interview as he ‘hopped’ into the waiting bus that conveyed him to the MKO Abiola Stadium.
Tens of APC stalwarts had stormed the former President’s residence, singing, drumming and dancing.
Addressing artisans and APC faithful at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Tinubu said he was not in Ogun State for campaign.
He said: “We love what the governor is doing and we are glad with all the support you have given him. Campaign has not started yet, I’m just here to greet you. Thank you and God bless you. God bless Ogun state, God bless Nigeria, God bless your children. Thank you.”
2023: I will tell you who to vote for as my successor – Wike tells Rivers people
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has said he will inform Rivers people who to vote as the next governor of the state in he 2023 general elections.
Wike said as a governor, he knows all the candidates for the elections so well.
He said he loves Rivers State a lot and as such will not allow the people make a mistake in electing their leaders in 2023.
Wike was speaking at the commissioning of the remodelled Waterlines Building in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.
He said “we will tell you those you will vote for, I know and I will tell you who is who.
“Most of you don’t know, there are those who want to come here to just want to be governor with no agenda.
“Rivers State has done a lot of things for us, we owe Rivers state a lot. Personally, I owe this state a lot for giving me the opportunity and I will not allow this state to go astray and run into the hands of armed robbers. I will not allow it”.
The governor also took a swipe at some members of the People’s Democratic Party who he warned that elections are not won in the hotels in Abuja but at the grassroots.
2023: I will tell you who to vote for – Wike tells Rivers people
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