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Rivers Guber Poll: PDP Urges Tribunal To Dismiss Peterside’s Petition For Lack Of Merit

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Dakuku Peterside-Nyesom WikeThe People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, to dismiss the petition filed by Dr. Dakuku Peterside for lack of merit.

Mr Wole Olanipekun, (SAN), one of the counsels to the PDP who adopted the party’’s final written address before the tribunal made the call while given his address on Thursday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalled that the All Progressive Congress (APC) had approached the Justice Suleiman Ambursa led three-man panel to nullify the election of Gov. Nyesom Wike.

The petitioners are seeking the nullification of the April 11 election on the ground that the election was marred by irregularities and fraudulent practices.

The petitioners are also arguing that the election as conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was not done in line with the electoral laws.

According to Olanipekun, the petition lacked merit and substance and the petitioner has failed to prove the several unfounded allegations against the conducted of the election.

He pointed out that the petitioners had alleged several cases of violence and abduction of voters which they failed to lead in the direction or call enough witness to prove their claims.

According to Olanipekun, the petition is incompetent and that the tribunal has no jurisdiction to amend the petition for the petitioners especially on the outlandish reliefs it sought.

In his address, Counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN) urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition filed by the petitioners.

According to Ikpeazu, the burden of proof rests with the petitioners who failed to discharge same before the tribunal.

Ikpeazu said that the few witnesses called by the petitioners like the soldiers, mobile policemen and DSS operatives were not voters who could give actual account of what happened at the polling unit by polling unit.

Also, Counsel to Wike, Mr Emmanuel Ukala, (SAN) told the tribunal during his address that Dakuku was not qualified to contest the April 11 election.

According to Ukala, Dakuku’s nomination contradicted the provision of Section 85 (1) of the Electoral Act which is critical to the nomination of a candidate vying for election.

Ukala said that the nomination of Dakuku was not in line with the 21 days mandatory notification of the electoral act to notify INEC of its candidate before the election.

According to Ukala, the APC candidate fall short of the time hence his nomination is illegal.

He said that the failure of the petitioners to call proper witnesses who conducted the election was fatal to the case and urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition for justice sake.

Ukala noted that out of the 5,792 forms available for the conduct of election, the APC and its candidate only tendered about 3000 which was contrary to the provision of the law.

In his submission, Counsel to the APC and its candidate, Mr Akinlolu Olujimi (SAN) urged the tribunal to grant his petition stressing that the burden of proof also rests with the respondents.

He said that though the card readers did not replace the voters’ registers but they were vital to credible accreditation.

Olujimi urged the tribunal not to consider the issues raised by the respondents that the election was free and fair. (NAN)

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP

Muhammadu Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his nationwide broadcast over the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking the country.

Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.

He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

Also Read: President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech – Full text

Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.

The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos.

This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.

Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.

Also Read: Shehu Sani Condemns Shooting Of #EndSARS Protesters At Lekki Toll Gate

“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.

“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.

“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.

 

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has declared his intention to lead the #EndSARS protest against police brutality ongoing nationwide.

He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.

Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.

Also Read: Fayemi Names Members Of Judicial Panel On Human Rights Violations By Police

He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.

The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.

He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.

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