Atiku, APM’s election petitions adjourned to May 18 for continuation of pre-hearing session
The Presidential Election Petition Court sitting in Abuja has adjourned till Thursday,May 18 for the continuation of pre-hearing session in the petition brought before it by the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his party .
Atiku’s petition is seeking the nullification of the election of the President -Elect, Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on several grounds including their prayer that Tinubu was not qualify to contest the February 25, 2023 general election.
The adjournment followed the report of the agreement reached by counsel to the petitioners and the respondents in the matter.
When the petition was called, Counsel to the petitioners, Chief Chris Uche (SAN), informed the court that counsel for respective parties have met to put head together to harmonize and to streamline the vital areas and components of the pre-hearing conference.
According to Uche, counsel in the matter have agreed to set up a team together to look at the documents in order to eliminate objections while tendering them from the Bar during the hearing.
“We intend to do that and conclude between Monday and Tuesday and then prepare a schedule of documents to facilitate the proceedings”, and he further said that the Petitioners have filed their issues for the determination of the court.
The senior lawyer said the petitioners have one pending application, seeking live broadcast of the proceedings in the matter, filed on May 7 and yet to receive the responses of the respondents, even thought, they have been served.
He said counsel in the matter have agreed to file responses to all pending motions and come back to court on Thursday, May 28 for continuation of pre-hearing session.
Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN), representing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) confirmed the agreement and added that, the electoral body filed an application seeking the striking out of certain paragraphs of the petition.
Counsel to the president-elect, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), also confirmed the agreement and added that he will file his response to the petitioners application seeking live broadcast of the proceedings latest Monday.
Charles Edosomwa (SAN), representing APC consented to the agreement and added that, the 3rd respondent filed an application for the dismissal of the petition and another one, for the striking out of certain paragraphs as well as the 3rd respondent’s preliminary objection.
In a ruling, the presiding Justice, Justice Haruna Tsammani said, he has considered the agreement of parties and directed that parties to remain committed to the agreement to enable quick conclusion of the matter.
He consequently adjourned till Thursday, May 18 for continuation of pre-hearing session.
In the same, the court also adjourned till same date, hearing in the pre-hearing session of the petition filed against Tinubu’s election by Allied Peoples Movement (APM), where-in it joined INEC, APC, Tinubu, Kashim Shettima and Kabiru Masari as respondents.
Like in Atiku and PDP’s case, the adjournment followed an agreement to that effect by counsel to the petitioner and respondents in the matter.
Atiku Abubakar, accompanied by the leaders of the PDP, followers, sympathisers and business associates were in Court to witness proceedings in his petition challenging the declaration of Bola Tinubu as the winner of the February 25 presidential election.
It would be recalled that Mr. Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, was on Monday and Wednesday present in Court where he witnessed proceedings in his own petition against Tinubu’s election.
Atiku Abubakar, his party and the APM, in their various petition seek the nullification of Tinubu’s election on the ground that the election was conducted in substantial non compliance with the provisions of the Constitution, the Electoral Act and INEC’s guidelines for the conduct of the election.
APM’S petition against my election is dead , it died May 26, Tinubu tells Court.
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Tuesday in Abuja informed the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) that the petition filed by the Allied People’s Movement (APM) against him and his Vice, Kashim Shetima victory is dead by the Supreme Court decision on May 26, 2023.
Tinubu said that the main issues raised by the petitioner queried ‘place holder’ by Kabir Masari and Vice President Kashim Shettima’s alleged double nomination and that the issues have been resolved by the Supreme Court last Friday in a judgment in the suit marked SC/CV/501/23 between the People’s Democratic Party PDP Vs INEC and 3 others.
He gave the information at the resumed hearing through his lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN , on Tuesday. He disclosed that the PDP’S case had resolved the grievances brought before the Court by the Allied People’s Movement.
Recall that the Supreme Court had on Friday held that PDP, or any other parties, have no right to poke nose into how other parties conducted their primary elections and nominated their candidates.
The Apex Court while dismissing PDP’S case described the party as busy body and meddle some interloper and imposed a fine of N2M on the party for meddling into the internal affairs of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Olanipekun argued that the APM’S petition was similar to the case taken to Supreme Court by PDP that was dismissed on the grounds that PDP has no locus standi (legal right) to bring the action in the first place.
He submitted that the APM’S petition is predicted on internal affairs of the APC and that the Supreme Court’s latest judgment had taken life out of the petition.
He promised to make a copy of the judgment available within two days to the Court for perusal on the effects on the APM’S Petition.
Counsel to the APM, Mr Sheu Abubakar said he has not seen the judgment the respondents counsel was referring to and requested for adjournment in the hearing of the petition based on the submissions and revelations of Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN.
Prince Lateef Fagbemi SAN who stood for the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Abubakar Mahmoud SAN who appeared for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) did not object to the request for adjournment sought by the APM.
Chairman of the Court, Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani granted the request for adjournment and shifted hearing till Friday, June 2.
Fuel Subsidy: Osun Govt threatens to seal stations hoarding petrol
The government of Osun state has warned filling stations against hoarding petroleum products in the state.In a statement signed by the state’s governor spokesman, Olawale Rasheed on Tuesday, the govt threatened to seal filling stations found guilty and prosecute the operators.The removal of fuel subsidy by President Bola Tinubu during his inaugural speech at Eagle Square on Monday, immediately after he was sworn in.“Any fuel station found guilty of hoarding fuel to create artificial scarcity shall be sealed off and operators prosecuted for the crime of economic sabotage,” Adeleke said.It added that the removal of fuel subsidy by Tinubu has caused unnecessary hardship for the people of the state.“This deliberate action is not only inhumane but unpatriotic and will not be allowed by the government. To this end, the Special Monitoring Team on fuel scarcity set up by His Excellency, Governor Ademola Nurudeen Jackson Adeleke headed by the Chief of Staff, Hon Kazeem Akinleye is still effective and shall not condone any form of economic sabotage.“As from today, May 30, 2023, the Committee shall begin special monitoring of all the filling stations across the state in collaboration with law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders,” it added.However, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited has supported the decision of Tinubu on the removal of fuel subsidy.The head of the company, Mele Kyari explained that the company had been spending a significant portion of its profits on the product subsidy.However, he assured Nigerians that there was no need for panic buying as the company had enough product to supply the country for the next 30 days.
Fuel Hike: Tinubu’s thoughtless announcement responsible – Sowore
Omoyele Sowore, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC, in the February 25 presidential election has lashed out at President Bola Tinubu. This followed Tinubu’s decision to end fuel subsidy. Reacting to the resurfacing of queues, Sowore said that Tinubu’s “thoughtless fuel subsidy removal announcement triggered fuel scarcity and price gouging all over the country.” Recall that marketers and operators have increased petrol pump prices to N210-N500 per litre, following the confirmation of fuel subsidies removal by Tinubu’s administration. In a post via his verified Twitter handle on Tuesday, Sowore claimed that the nation’s elites don’t care about Nigerians. He wrote, “Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu @officialABAT thoughtless fuel subsidy removal announcement has already triggered fuel scarcity and price gouging all over Nigeria. This is why Nigerians must understand that nothing good will come out the Nigerian Elite-in and out- of power. They’re always after you. They don’t care about you! #Revolutionnow.”
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