Former governor of Ekiti state, Peter Ayodele Fayose has stated that he has no intention of joining the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) which he describes as ‘Coronavirus infected.’ The controversial ex-governor made the comment in reaction to a comment by the state APC that says he is not qualified to join the party. Read…
A five-member panel of justices, in the Supreme Court on Friday, May 24, nullified all votes cast for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 elections in Zamfara state.
In the court’s ruling, given by Justice Paul Adamu Galinji, the panel said that the APC in the state did not carry out primaries according to the party regulations, Daily Trust reports.
The panel therefore described that all votes cast for the APC as “wasted votes” and declared that all political parties with the second highest votes in the polls are elected to the different offices.
In an appeal filed by the APC, the apex court ruled against the apellant and ordered a fine of N10 million against the party.
The Court of Appeal ruled: “Candidate other than the first appellant with the highest vote stand elected. A cost of N10 million is awarded against the appellant.”
Although Mukhtar Idris, the APC’s gubernatorial candidate, was earlier declared winner of the elections, having polled 534,541 votes, Alhaji Bello Matawalle, the PDP’s governorship candidate, who came second in the polls can now be declared as the governor-elect in the state.
The Court of Appeal’s decision affected all candidates of the APC in the elective positions of the 2019 general elections.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had promised to obey the Sokoto appeal court ruling on Zamfara election but noted that the Supreme Court will decide fate of the APC primary held in the state.
The INEC national commissioner, Festus Okoye, on Wednesday, March 27, made this known while reacting to the verdict of the appeal court binding on Zamfara poll.
The presidential candidate of the peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to the ruling by Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa recusing herself from the Presidential Election Tribunal on Wednesday, May 22.
Atiku in a statement sent to Legit.ng said Justice Bulkachuwa has shown courage in her ruling at the tribunal as no man can be a judge in his own case.
He said the call by his legal team for Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa to recuse herself from the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal was predicated on this principle, being that her husband, Alhaji Mohammed Bulkachuwa, is an All Progressives Congress Senator-elect and the case she was expected to adjudicate upon had a bearing on that party.
“My legal team’s objection was not a reflection on Justice Bulkachuwa’s character or competence. As a matter of fact, I have great respect for her, being a pioneer and advocate for gender equality and female empowerment,” Atiku said.
Commending the judge, Atiku said Justice Bulkachuwa’s action has increased the confidence the public have for the judiciary.
“Her action showed courage and is an act of patriotism. She has, by this action, increased the confidence the public have for the judiciary.
“Not only do I commend her, I also pray, especially in this holy month of Ramadan, that Justice will be done by the tribunal according to the fear of God and not in keeping with respect for the powers that be.
“May God bless the judiciary and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” Atiku concluded.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the president of the Court of Appeal, Zainab Bulkachuwa, has withdrawn from the presidential election petition tribunal.
The PDP in an application had asked Justice Bulkachuwa to recuse herself because she is married to a senator-elect of the APC.
The party is challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February presidential election.
The past Senate minority leader, Godswill Akpabio has asked a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to suspend its judgement on an application seeking to vacate seats of 54 federal lawamkers who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Akpabio also prayed the court to allow him to respond to the suit that was filed by an advocacy group under the aegis of Legal Defence and Assistance Project, LEDAP which has applied for the refund of salaries and allowances of lawmakers who defected after their election into the National Assembly.
In a swift move, the Senator, few days to the judgement date for the suit, filed an application insisting that he was not consulted before any lawyer was appointed to appear for the matter.
The Senator said he was not informed by the clerk of the National Assembly or even personally served with the said suit.
Informing the court that he only read about the case in the Newspapers, Akpabio said, the suit was not a class action and he was at liberty to use a counsel of his choice and to personally defend himself.
In his response, the judge over the matter, Justice Okon Abang, said he was minded to accede to Akpabio’s request.
Justice Abang noting that his decision was based on the provisions of Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, said since the matter was not a class action, Akpabio’s right to fair hearing would be affected if the matter was decided without his input.
Furthermore, Akpabio argued that he never defected from the PDP to APC.
The Senator said he only moved into the APC after the PDP “was flooded”.
In his reaction, Justice Okon Abang ruled that the matter be adjourned for Tuesday, May 14, to enable the parties involved exchange their addresses.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that 15 senators, including Dino Melaye and Abdul-Azeez Nyako, announced their defection at the Senate plenary on Tuesday, July 24.
The list containing the senators’ names was handed over to Bukola Saraki, the president of the Senate, who managed to get to the plenary after a reported blockade at his residence by Police officers.
As it is getting to a week now that gubernatorial Election was conducted in Ekiti State, I believed that it is high time I bore my mind on the trend of politics that is becoming a reality in Nigeria presently.
As the wind of gubernatorial electioneering fizzle out accompanied with EKITI State being swept by the victory of change,one needs to critically look at the outcome of the election and what made the tempo of the election to swift against the ruling party in Ekiti.
Ekiti State is a civil service state that has her workers denied of their salaries for many months but the incumbent governor was able to construct and commission bridge in Ado Ekiti with pomp and pageantry when the major forces that drives the economy of the state are living in abject poverty. With this reality,one needs to know that the incumbent governor and his party has failed woefully to a large extent. No wonder,it was a reality that the incumbent governor lost his local government to opposition party.
In the same vein,the party primary election that saw Professor Eleka through to become a gubernatorial candidate was handled in the Peoples’Democratic Party’s way of selecting a candidate against the wish of the party stalwarts in Ekiti State. A situation whereby the voice of the people was gagged has created a platform for the woeful performance of People Democratic Party in Ekiti State.
Personally, it is not that I am against the victory of APC in Ekiti but I hope that the indigenes of Ekiti state will not regret their choice at the end because we have many APC states that are not paying workers’ salary.
The choice of Fayemi looks somehow because I could remember that the indigenes of the state complained bitterly about his performance some years ago.
Anyway, I heard he had promised to clear the salary arrears and every backlogs of wages without the space of six months. If this can be done,I will be happy with Ekiti people.
Digressing a bit,as the state of Osun is preparing for the next gubernatorial election, there is also backlogs of salaries being owned civil servants.
With everything being constant,the indigenes of the state of Osun needs to do a critical analysis of where they would pitch their tent.
They should take a deeper and a closer look at what would befall their fate in the next four years.
What is presently obtainable now should not allow to fester continuously. Infrastructure has been reasonably developed to a large extent with skyrocketing debt for eight years,now the state of Osun needs a governor that can pay full salary not a governor that will not pay or at most pay half salary.
Governors in the south-west needs to understand that it is the welfare of the indigenes of a state that drives the economic welfare of the state. Once,the welfare of indigenes are punctured,we should know that the economic welfare of a state will be affected just like what is obtainable in Osun and Ekiti states.
May the state of Osun elect the right person in September.
In another vein,one need to be bothered about Nigeria becoming a single party state gradually. This might spell doom for a nation that pride herself in diversity. If opposition is murdered totally,the essence of democracy will be lost forever.
The level at which caution was thrown into the winds in the course of this election is quite appalling going by the fact that the electorates were wooed with money and the conscience of the electorate was marketed on the altar of few naira. T his is an ugly trend in our political dispensation that makes someone to think along the line of loosing hope about the fate of democracy in this part of the world whereby the electorates are subjected to abject poverty for good four to eight years but when another period of electioneering is around the corner,votes are cast based on who the highest bidder is.
This is nothing but degradation of the tenets of democracy.
An aberration of the essence of what democracy is all about
This might end up denying our nation the beauty of democracy.