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Tribunal Upholds Ugwuanyi’s Election As Enugu Governor

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IfeanyiThe Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Enugu on Friday upheld the election of Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State.
The tribunal Chairman, Justice Hildad Kwajafa, in his judgment, held that the petition filed by Mr Okey Ezea of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was incompetent and lacking in merit.
Kwajafa held that Ugwuanyi was duly returned by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Ezea had challenged the declaration of Ugwuayi as the winner of the April 11 governorship election in the state.
Kwajafa said that petitioners failed to prove their allegations of massive irregularities during the poll beyond reasonable doubts.
He said that the six witnesses from six polling units which the petitioners presented out of the 29 pleaded were not enough to prove allegations of malpractice beyond reasonable doubts.
The tribunal chairman pointed out that the state had 2,958 polling units, adding that presenting six witnesses to testify over what happened across the entire units is insufficient to help their case.
Kwajafa said that the petitioners did not sufficiently prove allegations of over voting and non-accreditation of voters with the card readers.
He held that the failure of the petitioners to tender the voters’ registers to identify the number of voters that participated in the election and allegations of over voting was did not also help their case.
“The voters’ register is the only document that can determine the number of voters that participated in an election and the petitioners could not tender it to prove their allegations”.
Kwajafa, therefore, dismissed the petition for lacking in merit and upheld the election of Ugwuanyi.
In his reaction, Ugwuanyi, who trekked round major streets of the state with his supporters, expressed happiness over the judgment, and dedicated his victory to God.
Ugwuanyi thanked residents of the state for queuing behind him, assuring them that his administration would continue to improve their living standard.
“All glory, honour, adoration go to the God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob and the awesome God of David. This is a victory for residents of Enugu”, he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Court of Appeal in Enugu had recently dismissed an appeal by the petitioners challenging an earlier decision of the tribunal to strike out certain paragraphs of their petition.
The tribunal had earlier in a ruling on a preliminary objection brought by the Counsel to Ugwuanyi, Mr Patrick Ikwueto (SAN), struck out certain paragraphs it considered offensive in the petition. (NAN)

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

Mahmood Yakubu

Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has stated that the country is experiencing low voter turnout during elections due to failed promises of politicians.

He made this known during his appearance in front of the Senate Committee on INEC for screening for his second tenure.

In the red chambers, when queried for the reason there is always a low turnout of voters during elections, Prof. Yakubu explained that Nigerians no longer trust politicians and are tired of hearing the same promises during electioneering campaigns, so they stay home during elections.

He also explained that the inadequate mobilisation of voters and violence recorded during the electioneering period also contributes to the low turnout of voters.

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“Violence or threat of violence, people don’t tend to vote simply for that fear. Some people just stay on the side of caution by staying away instead of risking it by going out to vote.

“Sometimes, the performance of those elected is a very important factor. Some voters will ask ‘why should I go and vote? Because four years earlier some people made the same promise so nothing has changed.’

“It is a shared responsibility that we all have to put our heads together to solve but we will continue to do what is required by the law in the area of voter registration and publicity,” he said.

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has stated that injustice in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made him leave the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He stated this on Thursday shortly after he was presented with the party flag by the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

Senator Aboo said he has found justice, development, and purposeful leadership in the ruling party.

Also Read: BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

“In the first place, the reason, why everybody should join politics, is to serve the people. The essence of government is to shield the poor masses and ensure justice,” he said.

“My main mission of joining the APC is because I have seen justice, I have seen development and I have seen the desire for the leadership at the highest peak to sacrifice their personal comfort just to make the poor people feel good. So I am in the APC to deliver, I am into the APC to help the people.”

The lawmaker promised to work to make sure the APC takes back Adamawa State from the PDP in 2023.

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NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians – Nyesom Wike

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NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians - Nyesom Wike

Governor Wike

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has expressed that he has never seen a more corrupt institution than the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

He made this remark while speaking as a guest on Channels TV Sunrise Daily on Thursday morning.

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Governor Wike went on to describe the Commission as a cash cow for politicians, stating that this has been the practice for a very long time.

The Governor also stated during the interview that South-South Governors have challenged NDDC against carrying out projects without consulting the state government.

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