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Supplementary Polls To Hold In Adamawa, Kebbi April 15- INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed April 15 fSuppl the conduct of supplementary governorship elections in Kebbi and Adamawa states.

INEC had declared the governorship elections of March 18 in both states as inconclusive.

The commission, in a statement posted on Twitter on Monday, said supplementary polls for national and state assembly elections will also take place on April 15.

“Arising from its meeting held today, the Independent National Electoral Commission has decided that all outstanding Governorship, National and State Assembly supplementary elections will take place on Saturday 15th April 2023,” the statement reads.

The electoral commission said “a detailed official statement” will be released regarding the supplementary elections.

Before the election was declared inconclusive in Adamawa, Ahmadu Fintiri, the incumbent governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had won 13 LGAs, while Aisha Binani, gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), had secured victory in seven.

In Kebbi, the poll was declared inconclusive because of “massive vote cancellation and overvoting” in 20 of the 21 LGAs in the state.

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Ogun: Appeal Court affirms Abiodun’s election

THE Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos on Friday affirmed the election of Governor Dapo Abiodun of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), as winner of the March 18, poll, in Ogun State.

In a majority judgement delivered by the duo of Justices J.S. Ikyegh and Muhammed Mustapha, the appellate court dismissed the appeal brought before it by the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), in the state, Hon. Ladi Adebutu.

The court held that the appeal lacked merit as it found no substance in it and subsequently dismissed it, affirming the earlier decision of the Tribunal without costs.

Recall that the Ogun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abeokuta had on September 30, 2023, upheld Abiodun’s declaration as the winner of the March 18, governorship election.

Adebutu, dissatisfied, had filed an appeal at the appellate court, challenging the judgment of the election petition tribunal.

But his Appeal was dismissed by the appellate court in a majority decision of 2 to 1. Of significance are the conclusions of the court that it is a petitioner who bears responsibility to prove that an election was marred by corrupt practices, and that Appellants did not so prove.

Court holds further that Appellants did not prove the allegation of certificate forgery against Governor Abiodun and noted that the Tribunal did not believe the evidence of certain witnesses because of their demeanours and because of the chorused nature of their testimony.

Maintaining that appellate courts generally do not interfere with such assessments, it held that the assessment of the Tribunal is undisturbed.

While upholding the expunging of the evidence of the forensic experts, the court held that there is a huge crater in the petition of the appellants, making same castrated, sterile, and with no legs to stand on.

Court followed the principle that when a decision is ultimately correct, it is immaterial that some reasons may have been applied since the appellate courts concern themselves with the conclusions mainly.

On the issue of disenfranchisement raised by the appellant, the court held that it was the duty of Appellants to prove disenfranchisement by calling voters who could vote but were disenfranchised, adding that in this petition rather, the Appelants did not call any disenfranchised voter. That instead, the Appellants called persons who truly voted.

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Breaking! Appeal Court affirms Dapo Abiodun as the duly elected Governor of Ogun State.

Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State

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Police Ban Security Personnel From Following VIPs To Polling Units

As 1,833,160 voters in Kogi State go to the polls this Saturday, the Nigeria Police Force has banned all security personnel from following very important persons (VIPs) to polling units.

The Kogi State Police Public Relations Officer, SP William Ovye Aya, who quoted the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Kogi State on the governorship election, DIG Habu Sani, on Friday in a statement, noted that on no account should any security personnel attached to VIPs, political and public officers or any personalities across the state move or escort their principals during the period of restrictions on vehicular movement.

The statement warned that any officer who is caught violating this order will be arrested and dealt with accordingly.

“The DIG appeals to VIPs, political and public officers, to note this order so as to avoid any embarrassment that might befall them. The police and other security agencies will not allow any security breach during the period of the election,” the statement added.

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