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At least two new Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) appointed by President Bola Tinubu may be card-carrying members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the president’s party. Two other nominees are also found to be long-term allies of prominent politicians serving in the Tinubu administration. President Tinubu last Wednesday announced the nomination of 10 Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC). The nominees are Etekamba Umoren (Akwa Ibom State), Isah Ehimeakne (Edo), Oluwatoyin Babalola (Ekiti), Abubakar Ma’aji (Gombe), Shehu Wahab (Kwara), Bunmi Omoseyindemi (Lagos) and Aminu Idris (Nasarawa). Others are Mohammed Yelwa (Niger), Anugbum Onuoha (Rivers), Isma’ila Moyi and (Zamfara). In announcing the…
Ayo Adebanjo, leader of Afenifere, the Yoruba socio-cultural group, says Nigerians should be ashamed to have a president with a certificate “baggage”. Adebanjo spoke in a 41-minute interview published by PUNCH on Sunday. During the presidential election tribunal, Atiku Abubakar, flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election, had contested the authenticity of the Chicago State University (CSU) certificate presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by President Bola Tinubu. Tinubu had said he lost his original certificates and presented a replacement of his CSU diploma to INEC for the 2023 presidential election. Following a court order,…
President Bola Tinubu says the judiciary demonstrated a high degree of professionalism in the challenge to his election. Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last general election, and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP), had challenged the outcome of the February 25 poll and Tinubu’s affirmation as winner by the petitions tribunal. In its ruling, the Supreme Court dismissed pleas of the petitioners and upheld Tinubu’s election. In a unanimous verdict, the court held that the appeals filed by Abubakar and Obi lacked merit and were “frivolous”. Reacting to the verdict of the…
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the judgment of the supreme court affirming President Bola Tinubu’s victory. On Thursday, the seven-member panel of the supreme court agreed that the petitions of Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of Labour Party (PDP) were devoid of merit. Obi and Abubakar had separately sought to overturn the judgment of the presidential election petition tribunal which upheld Tinubu’s election as president. In a statement, Debo Ologunagba, PDP spokesperson, said the opposition party is “appalled” by the verdict. Ologunagba said the majority of Nigerians are “alarmed, disappointed and gravely concerned…
Labour Party (LP) has rejected the judgement of the supreme court affirming the victory of President Bola Tinubu. In a unanimous decision on Thursday, the seven-member panel of the apex court dismissed the petitions of Peter Obi of the LP and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenging Tinubu’s victory in the February 25 election. Reacting to the verdict, Julius Abure, LP national chairman, called on the international community to rise and defend democracy in Nigeria. Abure also described the judgement as “shocking and surprising”. “The leadership of Labour Party watched as the sacred fabric of justice and…
Thursday, 26 October 2023 11:46

Supreme Court upholds Tinubu's election win

Nigeria's Supreme Court on Thursday upheld President Bola Tinubu's election win, bringing to an end a legal challenge brought by his two main rivals, who argued that his victory was marred by irregularities. The ruling will give the 71-year-old Tinubu a clear mandate to govern Africa's most populous nation, which is grappling with double-digit inflation, foreign currency shortages, a weakening naira, widespread insecurity and crude oil theft. Nigeria returned to democracy in 1999 after three decades of almost uninterrupted military rule, but accusations of ballot-rigging and fraud have followed its electoral cycles. The judgment by seven Supreme Court judges, which…
The Supreme Court has slated Thursday (today) for judgement on the appeals filed by the presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and Labour Party, Peter Obi. The judgement will lay to rest the legal disputes over the 25 February presidential election. Atiku and Obi had appealed against the judgement of the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) which dismissed their petitions challenging the outcome of the 25 February presidential election and affirmed the election of President Bola Tinubu. Director of Information of the Supreme Court, Festus Akande, confirmed the information to journalists on Wednesday in Abuja. Supreme…
Attahiru Jega, a former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says the commission must probe why the presidential poll results failed to upload to the INEC results viewing portal (IReV). Speaking in an interview on Arise Television on Tuesday, Jega said as a former chairman of the commission, he could relate to many of the challenges faced during the general election. “And if you are so confident with the planning process, and at the end of it all, there is a failure somewhere, you will take the blame because you are the leader,” he said. “But it does…
Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has, in his latest jibe at President Bola Tinubu, said titles don’t honour men but men bring honour to titles. In a veiled reference to the President, Obi in a statement posted to his verified X handle on Tuesday, declared that identity crisis and controversies have continued to haunt the Nigerian citadel of power since the February 25, 2023 presidential elections. He said: “There is this saying that ‘It is not titles that honour men, but men honour titles’. “The lofty titles that decorate people in power have little meaning if there…
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has urged the Supreme Court to admit fresh documents against President Bola Tinubu. Speaking at the court on Monday, his lead counsel, Chris Uche, described the matter as a grave and constitutional matter. He urged the court to adopt the application and grant their request. Presenting his argument, he said, “The issue involving Tinubu’s certificate is a weighty, grave, and constitutional one, which the Supreme Court should admit. I urge the court to admit the fresh evidence of President Tinubu’s academic records from CSU presented by Atiku. The Supreme Court…
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