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The Peoples Democratic Party on Friday gave an interesting submission to buttress its stand that Justice Zainab Bulkachawa who is the of the Court of Appeal should not be on the team to decide the fate of the Presidential election as challenged by its candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

In its submission, the party and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar,  on Friday told the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal  in Abuja  that Aliyu Haidar Abubakar, son of the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, campaigned for  President Muhammadu   ahead of the February 23 presidential .

They alleged that Abubakar was  not only a card-carrying member of  the All Progressives , but  also  contested  the party’s governorship primary election  in  Gombe State.

They  informed the tribunal that they had attached the Facebook printout of the wall of the said biological son of Bulkachuwa showing his campaign posts, photographs and posters canvassing votes for himself as a governorship aspirant and Buhari’s re-election bid  to their motion  as an exhibit.

The petitioners  alleged, as previously stated in the letter which the PDP  on May 9 sent to  the judge’s  office, that her , Adamu Bulkachuwa, won a senatorial seat  in the National Assembly poll, held alongside the February 23 election,  on the platform of the APC.

They therefore  stated in a motion filed before the five-man tribunal  that Justice  Bulkachuwa’s  close family ties to top  APC members would hinder her from handling the proceedings of the tribunal without bias.

The petitioners  insisted on  Justice Bulkachuwa disqualifying  herself as a member and head of the tribunal.

Demanding  her  replacement  on the panel, they urged her to recuse herself from further participation in the proceedings of the tribunal.

The affidavit deposed to by the Deputy National Secretary of the PDP, Emmanuel Agbo,  filed in support of the motion read in part, “I know that as a spouse of  Adamu Bulkachuwa,  Justice Zainab  Bulkachuwa is so closely related to Adamu Bulkachuwa that she cannot fairly hear and determine the instant petition without eliciting the suspicion and anxiety of all right thinking persons, including myself.

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PIC. 13. ACTING PRESIDENT, COURT OF APPEAL, JUSTICE ZAINAB BULKACHUWA (L), WITH THE FORMER
PRESIDENT, JUSTICE AYO SALAMI, AT THE VALEDICTORY COURT SESSION OF THE COURT IN HONOUR OF
JUSTICE SALAMI IN ABUJA ON THURSDAY (31/10/13).

“The Court of Appeal has more than 80 justices who are able and competent to participate in the hearing and determination of the extant petition in the absence of  Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa.

“I also know that her biological son, Aliyu Haidar Abubakar is a card-carrying member of the 3rd respondent (APC) and he contested the governorship  primary election of the 3rd respondent  in Gombe State.

“Attached hereto and marked Exhibit 2 is a printout made today from the Facebook page named Aliyu Haidar Abubakar Volunteer Group containing his campaign posters, photographs and various posts showing his campaign messages for himself and the 2nd respondent, both of whom contested on the platform of the 3rd respondent. I also attach hereto and marked Exhibit 3 a printout of a Daily Post online news publication in which Aliyu  Abubakar was prominently featured as the son of  Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa and who contested the governorship primary  of Gombe State on the platform of the 3rd respondent.”

They added that Bauchi State, which was one of the three senatorial districts Bulkachuwa’s husband would be representing at the Senate when sworn in, “is one of the focal states in which the petitioners/applicants have all alleged that electoral infractions occurred”.

They therefore sought “an order that  Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, President of the Court of Appeal, and the presiding justice of the panel hearing petition numbered CA/PEPC/ be recused from further sitting or participating in the proceedings in this petition and be replaced by another justice of this honourable court to sit in her  place to hear and determine the petition”.

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Bulkachuwa, who led a five-man panel of the tribunal  during  Wednesday’s proceedings had directed the petitioners to file a formal application that would be heard and ruled upon in the open court.

In a  letter signed by its National Chairman, Uche Secondus, and its National Secretary, Umaru Tsauri, the PDP  complained that Bulkachuwa could have by a comment she made during the inaugural sitting of the tribunal on May 8 prejudged its petition challenging the outcome of the  presidential election.

It stated that Bulkachuwa’s claim in her speech to the effect that there would always be complaints no matter how an election was well-conducted had “rocked” its confidence in the panel led by her.

Secondus and the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, attended  Wednesday’s proceedings.

Bulkachuwa appeared to have initially overlooked the earlier letter sent by the PDP asking her to withdraw from the panel until the petitioners’ lead councel, Dr Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), requested a meeting between the panel members and the representatives of the legal teams of the  parties to the case on Wednesday.

Uzoukwu made the request for the meeting shortly after lawyers announced  their appearances at the beginning of  Wednesday’s proceedings.

The lawyers representing the respondents –  Independent National Electoral Commission, President Muhammadu Buhari and APC – did not oppose the request for the meeting.

Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) led Buhari’s legal team, while Mr Yunus Usman (SAN) led the INEC’s team, and  Lateef Fagbemi (SAN)  APC’s team.

Ten lawyers, with  two representing each of the PDP, Atiku, INEC, Buhari and the APC met with the panel members in chambers.

At the end of the meeting, Bulkachuwa while announcing the decision of the panel following the meeting with the lawyers, said Uzoukwu requested that she should recuse herself from the panel at the meeting.

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She said the request by Uzoukwu was based on the reasons cited by the PDP in its letter earlier sent to her on May 9.

She said since the matter was already in the public domain, the panel had decided to have the issue treated openly.

Uzoukwu said  on Wednesday his team would file a formal application to that effect on Thursday.

The respondents’ lawyers said they would need time to respond to the application.

The tribunal then directed the petitioners to file their application and adjourned till May 22 for its hearing.

In compliance with the directive, the motion signed by a member of the petitioners’ legal team, Prof Maxwell Gidado (SAN), was filed on Thursday.

The motion was served on the three respondents on Friday, another member of the petitioners’ legal team, Chief Chris Uche (SAN), confirmed to one of  our correspondents on Friday.

The respondents are expected to file their replies to the motion on  Monday.

The petition jointly filed by Atiku and the PDP is one of the four filed before the tribunal to challenge Buhari’s victory at the poll.

Source: Daily advent

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#OndoDecides2020: Results From 16 LGs Declared, Two Being Awaited

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As of 12.30 p.m. on Sunday, 16 local government areas have been announced in the Ondo State governorship held on Saturday by the Independent National Electoral Commission ().

Twelve of the results were declares early on Sunday and when the commission reconvened after a four-hour break, four other local governments were announced by their various collation officers.

The four local governments that were just announced were Ose, Okitipupa, Ondo West and Odigbo, bringing the number of local governments declared to be 16 while the remaining two are being awaited as of the time of this report.

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Below are the results of the 16 local governments:

Ifedore LG:

APC 9,350,

PDP 11,852,

ZLP 1.860

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Irele LG

APC 12,643

PDP 5,493

ZLP 5,904

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Ile Oluji LG

APC 13,278

PDP 9,231

ZLP 1,971

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Ondo East LG

APC 6,485

PDP 4,049

ZLP 3,221

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Idanre LG

APC 11,286

PDP 7,499

ZLP 3,623

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Owo LG

APC 35.957

PDP 5,311

ZLP 408

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Akoko North East LG

APC 16,572

PDP 8,380

ZLP 3,532

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Akoko South West LG

APC 21,232

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PDP 15,055

ZLP 2,775

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Akoko North West LG

APC 15,809

PDP 10,320

ZLP 3,477

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Akure North LG

APC 9,546

PDP 12,263

ZLP 1,046

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Akoko South East LG

APC 9,419

PDP 4,033

ZLP 2,055

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Akure South LG

APC 17,277

PDP 47,627

ZLP 2,236

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Ose LG

APC 15,122

PDP 8,421

ZLP 1,083

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Okitipupa LG

APC 19,266

PDP 10,367

ZLP 10,120

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Ondo West LG

APC 15,977

PDP 10,627

ZLP 10,159

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Odigbo LG

APC 23,571

PDP 9,485

ZLP 6,540

 

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#OndoDecides2020: INEC Collates Results In 14 LGAs

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With 2,936 polling units results submitted out of 3,009 units as at 8.16 am, the Independent National Electoral Commission, , has completed collation of results in 14 Local Government Areas, LGAs, of Ondo State in the governorship held on Saturday, October 10.

Polling, it would be recalled commenced at 8.00 am on the election day and progressed till 4.00 pm. Immediately voting stopped, the Commission began sorting of the ballots and counted same in each polling units.

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The results of the votes scored by each of the political parties were recorded in Form E8 and uploaded to the newly introduced INEC Results Collation Portal, using the Z-Pad technology.

 

With the introduction of the Z-Pad, INEC is some steps away from full-blown electronic election in the country, as the new technology has made collation of election seamless and flawless, with the tendency of hoodlums highjacking election results on the way to collation centres, completely eliminated.

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