The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) yesterday raised the alarm about an alleged plot to deny Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, justice at the election petition tribunal.
In a statement issued by its Spokesman, Ikenga Ugochinyere, the coalition alleged that it “intercepted a five-man list of justices of the Court of Appeal approved by President of the Court of Appeal.”
He claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari and All Progressives Congress (APC) endorsed the list of justices to hear Atiku and PDP’s petition challenging the results of the February 23, 2019 presidential elections.
The list, which it said was intercepted by a credible insider informant during its conveyance from the Villa to the Court of Appeal, was drawn from a list of eight justices submitted to the Presidential Villa for approval.
“We had earlier raised alarm over APC’s allocation of a Senatorial ticket to the husband of President of the Court of Appeal.
“We had questioned the rationale behind such move when he did not participate in the primaries if not to secure assurance of his wife and President of the Court, to constitute, with Presidency’s approval, the panel that will hear any petition challenging the elections outcome.
“It was also a failure to secure similar assurances from the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) that led to Federal Government’s onslaught on him as he had insisted on ensuring justice,” it stated.
“The list is drafted in such a way that without any matter properly being before the justices, the panel has already been rigged and skewed with three of them having been approached and commitments secured from them that no matter the evidences before them, they will rule in President Buhari’s favour.”
“They are now agents and officers of the President and not officers in the temple of justice,” it added.
It gave the names of the justices on the panel, which would soon be made public as Zainab Adamu-Bulkachuwa, Presiding Judge and President, Court of Appeal and wife of APC Senator-elect from Bauchi State; Abdu-Aboki; Peter O. Ige; J. S. Ikyegh and S. C. Oseji.
PDP’s Bala Mohammed Wins Bauchi Governorship Election
PDP’s Bala Muhammed has been declared the winner of the governorship race in Bauchi State.
Mr Bala Mohammed defeated the incumbent Governor Muhammed Abubakar who is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress.
Mohammed polled a total of 515,113 votes while the APC polled 500,625.
The Returning officer Professor Kyari Mohammed announced the winner and returned the former FCT Minister Bala Muhammed as the Governor of Bauchi State.
Kwankwasiyya Group Posting Gory Pictures of Plateau Crisis to Discredit Governorship Rerun Election, Says Kano State Govt
Kano state government describes as desperate move by the Kwankwasiyya group of the PDP to discredit the peaceful conduct of the rerun election by posting pictures of violence witnessed in some part of the country on social media platforms and beyond and paints it as what is happening in Kano.
A statement signed by the commissioner for Information, Youth and Culture, Malam Muhammad Garba indicates that, the supplementary election that witnessed large turn out of voters and adjudged as most peaceful, is being dismissed by the Kwankwasiyya group.
It says even before the election the group had unleashed terror on innocent citizens in order to scare them away from exercising their franchise.
“Since yesterday, members of the group have been posting and sharing gory pictures of violence in an effort paint black the peaceful and orderly election in Kano. Some of this pictures were shots from the Jos crisis in Plateau state”, the statement adds.
The commissioner therefore calls on the public to ignore such postings awash on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.
The statement also urges the people and particularly members of the APC to remain calm and await for the outcome of the election.
Emir Sanusi Plots Cancellation of Kano Rerun Election
Disturbed that the candidate of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is leading in the Kano governorship rerun election, the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II has pleaded with the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS) to cancel the results.
Impeccable security sources told our Correspondent that the controversial Emir put several calls across to the INEC chairman and the Director-General of the DSS late Saturday afternoon, begging for the cancellation of the result.
The Emir, it was gathered has, before now launched a campaign of calumnly against Kano state Governor, Dr. Ganduje.
A source close to the Palace revealed that Emir Sanusi has been lobbying major Kano stakeholders to work against Ganduje’s victory.
“He has been holding secret meetings with Kwankwaso in and outside the country perfecting plans on how Ganduje will be pushed out of the way so that Kwankwaso will take over Kano again through his proxy and son inlaw, Abba Kabir Yusuf,” the Palace source added.
Our Correspondent, however, gathered that the INEC chairman and the DSS boss refused to hid to the plea of the Kano Emir.
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