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NaijaDecides2023: APC To Appeal Atiku’s Victory In Osun



The All Progressives Congress in Osun State has announced that it will challenge the outcome of  Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections in court.

Fidel Info reports that the party has alleged that voters were intimidated by the Peoples Democratic Party during the polls.

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, won in Osun State with 354,366 votes to defeat Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, who scored 343,945 votes.

PDP candidates were also elected in the three senatorial districts of the state, while the party also won all the nine House of Representatives seats.

While addressing journalists at the Tinubu/Shettima Campaign Office in Osogbo on Monday, the Osun APC acting Chairman, Tajudeen Lawal, alleged that hoodlums backed by the PDP disrupted polls in many places and attacked several members of the APC.

Iragbiji, Ikirun,  Ila-Orangun, Ile-Ife, Ikire, Ilesa, Okuku, Inisa, Ede, Ipetumodu, Edun-Abon, Ifetedo and Gbongan were some of the key areas named by the acting chairman as places where the bulk of voter’s intimidation occurred.

He said, “The presidential and National Assembly elections of last Saturday were held under a siege with the PDP hoodlums having a field day across the state to the extent that  it would be an impossible Utopia for any political party, which is playing by the rule, to win the elections against the political vampire called the PDP whose political thugs were ready to shed the blood of any strong-headed APC member or supporter.”

“Our bone of contention is that we are challenging the results of both the presidential and National Assembly elections held across Osun State last Saturday. But as ardent believers and doers of the rules of law in all our endeavours, we are enjoining our numerous members and supporters to refuse to be downcast with the unusual and strange turn of the political event which is a temporary issue and a mere passing phase in the political history of the state.”

“Our message to the beneficiaries in the declared phantom election results is that they should not rejoice as most of the PDP candidates will have cases to answer at the tribunal.”

The Director of Media of PDP, Oladele Olabamiji, reacting to the allegations, said the APC was free to challenge the results, but denied that the party or government intimidated the voters during the poll.

“I don’t know whether there is any credence to such a claim that thugs were moving around the state, even with the presence of security everywhere. It never happened anywhere. I wouldn’t know where such allegation is coming from. As far as I am concerned, they are just beating about the bush.”

“The election was held under a very peaceful atmosphere and the results declared reflected the collective will of the Osun people. They should not begin to make the mistake of making the court to appear as if it is a department in APC.”

“The court is for all Nigerians, regardless of class, status and political affiliation. Wherever they want to go, we will meet them there. Anybody condemning what happened on Saturday is just messing around,” Olabamiji said.

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Election Petition Tribunal: A clear affirmation of popular mandate given to me by the people of Kaduna State – Gov Uba Sani



The governor of Kaduna State, Sen Uba Sani is extremely delighted and humbled by the ruling of the Election Petition Tribunal affirming his victory in the 2023 Kaduna State Governorship Elections.

The judgement is an unequivocal affirmation of the popular mandate graciously given to me by the good people of Kaduna State. I commend the Tribunal for their thoroughness and lucidity. They have enriched our jurisprudence and practice of electoral democracy

I also commend my dear brother, Hon. Isah Ashiru Kudan for approaching the Tribunal to ventilate his grievances. This is a clear demonstration of his belief in the principles of democracy and the imperative of civility in the conduct of political actors.

I call on Hon. Isah Ashiru and members of the opposition parties in Kaduna State to join hands with us as we strive to move our dear state to a higher level. We are all stakeholders in PROJECT KADUNA. It is not about personal glory. Our people want all hands to be on deck to address the myriad challenges confronting the state. If political actors are united, a clear signal will be sent to our people that the quest for peace, security, progress and development of our state are the driving forces of our participation in politics.

I call on our party faithful to moderate their celebration of this victory. They must individually and collectively extend an olive branch to our brothers and sisters in other political parties. Instead of celebrating, we should bow down in prayers to the Almighty God for His continued guidance and protection. Let us focus on the tasks ahead.

Senator Uba Sani,

Governor, Kaduna State.

September 28th, 2023

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Mbah vs Edeoga: Tension As Tribunal Sets To Deliver Judgement On Enugu Gubernatorial Election



There is palpable tension in Enugu State as the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Enugu would deliver its judgment on the petitions challenging the declaration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Peter Mbah, as the winner of the 2023 governorship election.

Naija News reports that the gubernatorial candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Chijioke Edeoga, is challenging Mbah’s victory.

The Justice Kudirat Morayo Akano-led three-member tribunal had on Tuesday announced today’s judgment date to kick off by 9 a.m.

Edeoga and LP had gone to the tribunal contesting, among other things, the authenticity of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) discharge certificate presented by Mbah, whom the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the election winner.

They also alleged that Mbah failed to fulfill his mandatory youth service obligations before assuming a political post in 2003, just as they contested the validity of the votes accrued during the electoral process.

The petitioners raised allegations of comprehensive electoral malpractice and rigging, particularly in Owo and Ugbawka wards in Nkanu East, Enugu East, and Udenu local governments, where they alleged that computation errors reduced their votes.

However, there were robust legal arguments and citations during the hearing, with both parties presenting the tribunal with witnesses and evidence that were accepted as exhibits.

Security sources told Daily Sun that adequate security arrangements have been made by the various security agencies spearheaded by the Police to ensure no breakdown of law and order

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BREAKING: Tribunal sacks Kano governor, declares APC winner



The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Kano has declared Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress, APC, winner of the Kano governorship election.

The tribunal gave the final judgement after cancelling some votes recorded by the New Nigeria People’s Party, NNPP, candidate and Kano Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Oluyemi Akintan Osadabey said the margin of votes scored by the NNPP was not enough to give Governor Yusuf victory.

It said some of the votes credited to Yusus were invalid.

Details later…

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