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Buhari vs Atiku: INEC transmitted 2019 presidential election results to server – Witnesses tell tribunal

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A witness for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ijeoma Peter Obi, Monday at the presidential election petition tribunal affirmed that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, conducted the February 23, presidential election with the use of server for the transmission of election results.

Obi who claimed to be an Information Communications and Technology expert also declared that he transmitted results from polling units to the INEC server in his capacity as Registration Area Technician shortlisted and trained by INEC for the 2019 polls.

It was only Obi that admitted transmitting election results to the INEC server as another witness, Adejuwitan Ebenezar Olalekan also admitted transmitting election results to INEC server.

Olalekan even told the tribunal that INEC server was automatic and embedded in the smart card reader for the purposes of transmitting results.

Further, Olalekan added that he personally transmitted results to INEC server through a code provided by the electoral umpire, saying that the server was connected to the smart card reader.

But under cross-examination by Buhari’s counsel, Wale Olanipekun, the Witness said that he did not know President Muhammadu Buhari as second respondent in Atiku’s petition.

Also under cross-examination by Fagbemi, the witness admitted not serving as presiding officer for INEC but only was shortlisted by the electoral body.

It would be recalled that the PDP witnesses were called to testify for the opposition party over alleged election malpractices, corruption, irregularities and violence against the conduct of the election through which Buhari was re-elected as President.

However, the first Witness, Buba Galadima who adopted his statement made on oath said under cross-examination by Buhari’s counsel, Olanipekun that he supported Buhari in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015 presidential elections but parted ways with him due to Buhari’s alleged unfulfilled electioneering promises.

Galadima said that he supported Atiku in the 2019 election because he was a better candidate who is more educated, God-fearing and capable of providing good governance in the country.

The Witness, however, denied parting ways with Buhari because he was denied privileges but insisted that Buhari failed to protect lives and property and did not allow the rule of law to prevail.

Also under cross-examination by the APC counsel, Lateef Fagbemi, Galadima further told the tribunal that he was not a member of the PDP and that his party – Reformed All Progressives Congress, RAPC, had an understanding with Atiku and the PDP on how to provide good governance and, ensure security of lives and property and allow the rule of law to prevail.

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Siasia Life Ban: Nigeria Football Federation Comes To Ex-Super Eagles Coach’s Rescue

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The Nigeria Football Federation says it is reviewing the life ban imposed on Samson Siasia by the world football governing body, FIFA, while waiting to take action after seeking legal advice.

FIFA had on Friday announced the ban of Siasia, former Super Eagles coach, from any footballing activities both national and international after being found guilty of bribery and match-fixing.

The NFF described the life ban as a “massive sanction”, adding that it is shocked by the decision of the FIFA Ethics Committee.

Acting President of NFF, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, in a statement, said, “The NFF was shocked to learn of the investigation and the subsequent decision by the FIFA Ethics Committee (Adjudicatory Chamber) placing a life ban on Mr. Samson Siasia. But we have, however, now received documents, including one known as the ‘motivated decision’, and we have handed them to our lawyers to study and provide legal advice to the Federation.






“It is a massive sanction on one of our legends. Siasia is a football legend but most importantly he is a Nigerian. We must, therefore, be interested in the matter and be properly advised.”

He added, “While we respect the FIFA processes and appreciate that an investigation was conducted prior to the decision, the least we as a Federation can do is empathize with him at this time, make ourselves available to him and hope that in some way he is able to clear his name as he has promised to do.”

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Sen. Abbo’s trial: What happened in court on Tuesday

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The trial of a Senator, Elisha Abbo, who allegedly assaulted a nursing mother, was on Tuesday stalled in a Zuba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Abuja.

At the resumed hearing, the police prosecution counsel, Mr James Idachaba told the court that the defendant was not in court.

Idachaba told the court that he was ready to open his case against the defendant and all his witnesses were in court.

However, Mr Adegbite Adeniyi, counsel to Abbo, told the court that his client was sick.

”My Lord my client is suffering from Acute Febrile (medical term used to describe a sudden fever or elevation in body temperature)”, he said.

Adeniyi, who presented a medical report to the court, added that Abbo was on admission at a hospital in Yola, Adamawa State.

He, however, told the court that his client’s surety was in court.

He explained that the prosecution served him with the proof of evidence in the morning in court.

Adeniyi prayed the court to grant him an adjournment to put his house in other.

However, the prosecution did not oppose the oral application made by Abbo’s counsel.

The Magistrate, Abdullahi Ilelah adjourned the case until Sept. 24 for hearing.

NAN reports that Abbo, who represents Adamawa North senatorial zone, was arraigned on July 8 for allegedly assaulting a nursing mother, Mrs Warmate Osimibibra.

The prosecution alleged that the Senator committed the offence on May 11 at Pleasure Chest Shop FA 45 Located at Bannex Plaza Aminu Kano Crescent Wuse II Abuja.

He also alleged that Abbo slapped the complainant severally on her face and forcefully dragged her shirt without provocation.

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Kogi govt detaining APC delegates in BIR

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Coordinator of Usman Jibrin Campaign Organisation in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, Alhaji Nagogo Maiyaki has disclosed on Tuesday that some delegates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have been detained in Kogi State Board of Internal Revenue in Lokoja.

He made the disclosure at a political gathering while hosting the gubernatorial aspirant and former Chief of Naval Staff, Jibrin Usman in Lokoja.

Maiyaki explained that intimidation and harassment of party executives who were perceived not to be loyal to the governor have been heightened ahead of August 29 primaries.

“As I speak, some of our delegates have been detained at the Board of Internal Revenue in Lokoja.

“Yesterday, when I was going round to mobilise party executive for this event, I was informed that some of them were tricked to BIR and have been detained there.”

In an interview after the event, the party chieftain said, the governor did not want any gubernatorial aspirant to access the APC party Executive before the primaries.

He called on security agents to ensure the protection of party delegates and members, adding that it would be a shame for the party to keep losing members simply because they want to exercise their franchise.

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