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Full text of H.E Atiku Abubakar over the tribunal judgement




Good afternoon, Gentlemen of the Press.

I am here today to give my official reaction to the judgment delivered yesterday by the Presidential Election Petition Court on the 2023 presidential election.

As you already know, I approached the court following the declaration by INEC that the APC and its candidate are the winners of the February 25, Presidential Election.

My decision to go to court is anchored in my belief that the court is the sanctuary of justice. The journey of my political career, as you know, holds so much to the courage and fearless decisions of our judiciary.

Indeed, I am no stranger to legal battles, and I can say that I have a fair idea of how the court system works. All through my career as a politician, I have been a fighter, and I must say that I have found the judiciary as a worthy pillar to rest on in the pursuit of justice.

The last presidential election in our country and the way it was managed by the electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission, leaves behind unenviable precedents, which I believe the courts have a duty to redress. Our gains in ensuring transparent elections through the deployment of technology was heavily compromised by INEC in the way it managed the last presidential election, and I am afraid that the judgement of the court as rendered by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal yesterday, failed to restore confidence in our dreams of free and fair elections devoid of human manipulations.

Like I did say at the beginning of this legal battle when I instructed my lawyers to file my petition challenging the outcome of the presidential election, my ultimate goal in this pursuit is to ensure that democracy is further strengthened through the principles and processes of fair hearing.

Gentlemen of the press, I take great pains to tell you that the decision of the court of first instance on this matter utterly falls far short of that expectation. I am therefore here to tell you that, though the judgment of the court yesterday is respected, it is a judgment that I refuse to accept. I refuse to accept the judgment because I believe that it is bereft of substantial justice. However, the disappointment in the verdict of the court can never destroy my confidence in the judiciary.

Consequently, I have asked my lawyers to activate my constitutionally guaranteed rights of appeal to the higher court, which, in the instance, is the Supreme Court. It is my conviction that the electoral process in Nigeria should be devoid of untidy manipulations and that the outcome of every election should be a perfect reflection of the wishes of the electorate. I believe that such is the only way through which our democracy can have a manifest expression of its true meaning. Whether I prevail in this quest or not, the record of my effort in ensuring an order of credible elections in Nigeria shall remain for the future generations to evaluate.

On this note, I urge all my supporters to remain steadfast. I urge them to take solace in an immortal lesson I learned from my leader and mentor, the late Shehu Yar’Adua, that losing a battle is less important than losing the war. We might have lost a battle yesterday, but the war is well ahead of us. And I believe that with our hopes in God, we shall win the war of restoring confidence in our electoral system.

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen of the Press, I thank you for your attention.

Atiku Abubakar, GCON

Waziri Adamawa

Vice President of Nigeria (1999 – 2007)

2023 PDP Presidential Candidate

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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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Election Tribunal: Benue APC dissatisfied with judgment in favour of Suswam



The All Progressives Congress, APC in Benue State has said it is dissatisfied with the recent majority judgement of the National and State House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal upholding the petition of Senator Gabriel Suswam as the winner of the February 25th Benue North East senatorial election.

Gabriel Suswam of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who was defeated by Emmanuel Udende of the APC had approached the election tribunal to upturn the election in his favour due to irregularities in the February 25th North East senatorial election.

But in a split decision, Chairman of the panel Justice Ory Zik-Ikeoha and member 2 entered judgment in favour of the defeated candidate of the PDP in the February 25th senatorial election, Gabriel Suswam.

A statement signed by the Benue State publicity secretary of the APC, Dan Ihomu in Makurdi said, “While we are dissatisfied with the tribunal’s judgement, we salute the courage of one of the three members of the National and State House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal, Justice U.Z. Mohammed for dismissing Sen. Suswam’s petition against Emmanuel Udende and awarding the cost of 100,000 against Suswam.

”Justice Mohammed in his judgment, held that evidence of PDP and Gabriel Suswam is grossly insufficient to sustain his petition.

“We therefore, express our dissatisfaction with the spurious judgment delivered by the National and State House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal.

“We are sure that the Appellate court will restore the miscarriage perpetuated by the majority decision of the Tribunal.

“We urge members of the party to remain calm as Sen. Udende proceeds to the appellate court to defend the mandate given to him by the good people of Zone A with the confidence that Nigeria’s Judicial system can still protect us.

‘Our quest for justice remains on course and our passion towards redressing the travesty of justice meted out on our people.” He said.

Ihomu added that Sen. Undende’s mandate remains unshaken and is on solid grounds.

Meanwhile, the Benue State PDP has hailed the Tribunal for delivering substantial justice in the petition based on the facts and evidence rendered before it in line with extant electoral laws, guidelines, and regulations, thereby boosting public confidence in the judiciary.

According to the statement issued and made available by the party’s publicity secretary in the state, Bemgba Iortyom said, “The party rejoices over the victory won particularly as it re-establishes its dominance in the upper chamber membership composition of the National Assembly in the state with two Senators out of three.

“This victory of Senator Suswam serves to heighten the hopes that PDP will likewise reclaim the governorship of the state at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal through the judgement being awaited.”

Iortyom said the party was confident that the former Benue State Governor would deploy his wealth of experience and proven pedigree in the 9th Senate, to get back seamlessly into the business of lawmaking in the 10th Senate for the good of his constituents, the party, and Nigeria at large

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