This is why okorocha can’t be at the 9th senate
Former Governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha may not be part of the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly on Tuesday except something drastic happens.
Okorocha, as a result, will not be directly involved in the making of the leadership of the Senate.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will be meeting on Tuesday to look at the Court rulings.
That same Tuesday is when the 9th National Assembly will be inaugurated, with the election of leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives also expected to take place at its first plenary session the same Tuesday.
Okorocha has been involved in a legal battle against the electoral body to reclaim his certificate of return as senator-elect, which INEC withheld with the claim that its officer declared the former governor winner of the election under duress.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has declared candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), winners of the governorship elections in Zamfara State.
Chairman of the Commission, Mahmoud Yakubu, made the declaration on Saturday following the Supreme Court’s judgment which nullified the victory of all candidates of the All Progressives Congress on Friday.
The Chairman of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, on Wednesday directed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to file a formal application asking her to step down as a member of the tribunal
This formed the resolution of the meeting the panel members held with lawyers appearing in the case earlier on Wednesday.
Announcing the tribunal’s decision, Justice Bulkachuwa said that the petitioners’ legal team led by Dr. Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), asked her to recuse herself from the panel at the meeting held in chambers.
Recall that the PDP through its National Chairman, Uche Secondus had in a letter demanded that she disqualify herself from further participation in the panel.
Thereafter, Uzoukwu notified the court that his team would file a formal application to that effect on Thursday.
Atiku and the PDP are challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari who was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 23 presidential election.
The petitioner had requested a private meeting with members of the Tribunal.
Present at the meeting were the respondents’ lawyers including Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) for Buhari,, Yunus Usman (SAN) for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) for APC.
Consequently, the matter was adjourned till May 22 for hearing of the petitioners’ application.
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ABUJA—The All Progressive Congress, APC, has lodged an attack against the petition seeking to invalidate the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari, even as it branded the presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, an alien.
The ruling party, in processes it filed before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, maintained that Atiku is not a Nigerian and was therefore not qualified to contest the February 23 presidential poll or to challenge the declaration of President Buhari as the winner.
Consequently, APC, asked the tribunal which is conducting its proceedings at the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal, to dismiss Atiku’s petition against Buhari for being grossly incompetent, insisting that he is a Cameroonian.
Besides, APC, through its lawyer, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, asked the tribunal to invoke its powers to void and declare the 11.1million votes that were recorded in favour of Atiku and the PDP as wasted votes.
According to APC, Atiku, was born on November 25, 1946 in Jada, Adamawa, in Northern Cameroon and is therefore a citizen of Cameroon and not a Nigerian by birth.
It told the tribunal that prior to 1919, Cameroon was being administered by Germany, adding that following the defeat of Germany in World War 1, which ended in 1918, Cameroon, became part of a League of Nations mandate territory which consisted of French Cameroon and British Cameroon in 1919.
APC noted that in 1961, a plebiscite was held in British Cameroon to determine whether the people preferred to stay in Cameroon or align with Nigeria.
It stressed that while Northern Cameroon preferred a union with Nigeria, the Southern Cameroon chose alignment with the mother country, saying it was as a result of the plebiscite that Northern Cameroon, which included Adamawa, became part of Nigeria.
The ruling party argued that contrary to Atiku’s claims in his petition, he had no right to be voted for as a candidate in the election to the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria held on February 23, 2019.
It averred that by reason of Atiku’s ineligibility to contest the election, all votes credited to him and the PDP in the February 23 election ought to be deemed as wasted votes.
APC contended that most of the claims contained in Atiku’s petition have become statute barred, arguing that the Tribunal was therefore bereft of the jurisdiction to entertain it.
For instance, it said the issue of President Buhari’s educational qualification that was raised by the petitioners could not be treated by the Tribunal since the period for claims and objections on such issues had expired.
It argued that the petitioners failed and neglected to use the appropriate period allowed by the law to challenge educational qualifications Buhari supplied in the form CF001 he used to secure clearance from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
APC argued that since the petitioners waived their right to challenge the propriety of information contained in the form CF001 of President Buhari, they therefore failed to disclose any reasonable cause of action in the petition.
More so, APC, faulted allegation that the presidential election was not conducted in substantial complaince with the Electoral Act.
It argued that failure by the petitioners to make specific references to the compliance issue was fatal to their case against the 2019 presidential election.
Atiku and PDP had in their joint petition marked CA/PEPC/002/2019, prayed the tribunal to invalidate the declaration of President Buhari as winner of the presidential contest.
Aside INEC, President Buhari and the APC were cited as Respondents in the petition.
The tribunal had earlier ordered the electoral body to grant both the petitioners and the 2nd and 3rd Respondents (Buhari and the APC), access to all the electoral materials that were deployed for the February 23 presidential poll, apart from the Smart Card Reader Machines.
While Atiku and PDP maintained that they would need copies of the materials to sustain their allegation that the election was rigged, on the other hand, Buhari and the APC said they would also need the materials to prove that they legitimately won the presidential election.
Senate has proposed that a N10 billion intervention be inserted in the 2019 budget to assist Displaced Persons in Zamfara state now the epicenter of banditry.
The Upper Chamber also called for the establishment of a 10-year Presidential Initiative to cater for the needs of displaced persons affected by armed bandits in the state.
These were parts of resolutions reached by lawmakers on Wednesday in plenary after a debate on a motion protesting the incessant killings in Zamfara state, sponsored by Senator Kabir Marafa during Wednesday’s plenary.