Despite Objections By Buhari, INEC, Court Admits Atiku’s Video Evidence

By Uche Mbah The Abuja Appeal Court handling the election petition instituted to handle the Atiku/PDP petition against the election of President Muhammadu Buhari admitted in evidence over 40 videos that shows how the ;Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC rigged the elections in favor of Buhari. The Mohammed Garba led tribunal admitted the 48 video cds submitted as exhibits, hinging the admission on the agreement between the parties- that parties only indicate their objections ‘to any evidence sought to be tendered but should reserve details for a later date. According…

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Era Of Technicalities: Court Dismises Suit Against Buhari’s Qualifications For 2019 Elections

Muhammadu Buhari

By Uche Mbah For the second time in recent times, an Abuja court has dismissed a  suit challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s qualification for contesting the 2019 Presidential elections on technical grounds. The supreme Court has also recently ruled on Osun governorship elections on technical grounds. While the Supreme court carefully avoided the merits of the case but based their ruling technically on the absence of the head of the tribunal to nullify the PDP appeal ruling, the court of Appeal in Abuja hinged their ruling on the fact that the…

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Fireworks: Strange Revelations At Appeal Court Over Buhari, Atiku Case

By Uche Mbah The ongoing Buhari vs Atiku case at the Federal Court of Appeal in Abuja has pulled up several legal punches that promises a Coca-cola-pop-corn entertainment for Nigerians despite the seriousness of the case on issue. The substantive suit, which started after weeks of legal fireworks on preliminary objections, took a bizarre turn when President Buhari, through his lawyer, Wale Olanipekun, objected to the admission in evidence of form CF001. This was the form containing his personal data he submitted to the Independent national Electoral Commission, INEC, in…

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Ailing Ben Nwabueze Joins Atiku’s Legal Team As Lead Counsel

By Uche Mbah As the preliminary trials wind up and the substantive suit begins in the Appeal court case in which former Vice President Atiku Abubakar challenges President Muhammadu Buhari’s election, Erudite constitutional lawyer, professor Ben Nwabueze, announced his appearance for Atiku Abubakar. Nwabueze, an academic and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria-one of the pioneers from the ivory towers-has been weighed down by age and age related infirmities, and had to appear in court in a wheelchair. Although he was meant to take over as lead counsel for Atiku, he…

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Atiku Drags Lauretta Onochie To court, Slams N2billion Suit On Her

By Uche Mbah The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, has slammed a N2.5 billion suit on the Presidential Special Assistant on new Media, Lauretta Onochie, therefore making good his threat to sue her for libel over her statement accusing him of planning terrorism and being wanted in Dubai. Onochie had on May 7 twitted that Atiku is on the watch list of security operatives in the United Arab Emirate, and that he had travelled to shop for terrorists in the Middle East. His Counsel, Mike…

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Uncertainty Over Bulkachuwa Replacement As Tribunal Resumes Sitting Monday

Zainab Bulkachuwa

By Uche Mbah After a long delay, the Presidential Election Tribunal resumes sitting Monday after the last session that saw the Appeal Court head, Zainab Bulkachuwa, recusing herself from the case while promising to appoint a judge to replace her as a member of the tribunal. Two weeks later, she appeared to have made no efforts to replace herself, prompting the lead Counsel for Atiku Abubakar, the Paople’s Democratic Party, PDP, candidate,  Livy Uzoukwu, to protest about the issue to the Head of the Court of Appeal, Bulkachuwa herself querying…

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Finally, Justice Bulkachawa Has Recused Herself From The Election Tribunal

Zainab Bulkachuwa

By Uche Mbah The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, appears to have won the first round in his quest to wrestle power from President Muhammadu Buhari. The Chairman of the Court of Appeal has agreed to step down from the case. Counsel to Abubakar, Livy Uzoukwu, SAN had objected to the President of the court of Appeal, Zainab Bulkachawa, heading the Tribunal. Uzoukwu alleged that Bulkachawa is not qualified to be part of the tribunal based on clash of interest. Her husband,  he opined, is…

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Confusion Over May 29 Inauguration Day

By Uche Mbah Uncertainties have beclouded the May 29 swearing day as one of the Political Parties that felt it was unduly excluded from the April 23 general elections has approached the Courts asking that the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari be put on hold pending the determination of the suits challenging his victory. Hope Democratic party and it’s Presidential candidate, Ambrose Owuru, have asked that the inauguration be put on hold. They approached  the election Petitions tribunal with two pleas-that Buhari should not present himself for swearing in, and…

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Court Case: Atiku’s Server Evidence Brings International Dimension To His Case

Reports that the Peoples Democratic Party flag bearer, Atiku Abubakar may invite Microsoft, IBM and Oracle experts to prove that he actually got the result from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC,, server may have opened a new vista in a case that has already proved to be controversial. Recall that Atiku has released results that he claimed were the authentic 2019 presidential results from the official server of INEC. In the result posted, Atiku claimed he won the election by 1.6 million votes, even without the result from Rivers…

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Akinlade Hires Adeleke’s Lawyer, Atiku’s Case Begins Today

By Uche Mbah Onyechi Ikpeazi, SAN, the lawyer who handled the case between the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP governorship candidate, Ademola Adeleke, and the APC Candidate, Gboyega Oyetola, at the tribunal, is now in high demand among some political big wigs that need legal representations. Ikpeazu led a team of lawyers to secure victory at the tribunal-a victory for Adeleke over the Osun governorship election case, which tribunal sat in Abuja for security reasons. It is also expected that he and his team will handle the appeal whenever and if…

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