Omoyele Sowore, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2023 elections has given reasons for not challenging President Bola Tinubu’s victory at the Presidential Elections Tribunal, unlike his other counterparts.
According to him, he didn’t think justice would be served if he had done so, noting that he had no confidence in the tribunal because the court had never delivered justice in election-related matters before.
Sowore, while fielding questions on Arise News, said the courts in Nigeria have never nullified an election in the country, so he wondered why the flag bearers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party, Atiku Abubakar, and Peter Obi would think their case would be exceptional.
His reaction followed the verdict of the presidential election petition tribunal on Wednesday. The tribunal had upheld the victory of President Bole Tinubu at the February 25 presidential polls.
Recall that both Atiku and Obi, with their parties, had challenged Tinubu’s victory in court. However, the tribunal quashed their cases yesterday while validating Tinubu’s victory.
In his reaction, Sowore said, “What you are saying regarding the Labour Party and the PDP is what people like us have always said that they are the same. “We are not part of that coalition or alliance. And with regards to the court, when somebody steals your thing, and you can retrieve it from him, but he says no, go to court. You have to wait for the court to convene.
“But a court that gave you a governor that was fourth in Imo state is not likely to be a court that I will be heading to when I am cheated on this scale. The court that has not delivered justice to people like me since I was born in this country is not a court that I can tell you that I have implicit or explicit confidence in. “If you go to court, you can almost determine what would be the outcome of the court.”
The AAC flag bearer noted that opposition parties are constantly lured to go to court as a way to calm Nigerians.
He continued: “The courts in Nigeria have never nullified a presidential election. Even in 2007, when they conducted an election in which there were no serial numbers on the ballot papers, the court declared that you don’t need serial numbers, and the person for whom the election was rigged by President Olusegun Obasanjo, that is Yar’Adua, came out and said this election was problematic. He accepted the booty regardless.
“So I do not think we are going to head to the court that may not be able or hasn’t delivered justice in similar matters for us. “I think the reason they are asking these people to go to court is to calm the nerves of Nigerian people so that they accept this rubbish as a fait accompli. “And they ensured that there were no uprisings on the streets to retrieve the stolen mandate of whatever fraudulent election they conducted.
“That is the reason they direct you to the courtroom because they know what the outcome would be. We also know how these courts are constituted by political parties in power. So we can’t be here deceiving ourselves.”
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
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.
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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