Appeal Court affirms Oborevwori’s election as Delta gov, dismisses APC, LP, SDP appeals

The Court of Appeal, Lagos on Friday, in a unanimous judgment, affirmed the election of Governor Sheriff Oborevwori as winner of the March 18, poll, in Delta State.

The appellate court dismissed the appeal brought before it by the governorship candidate of All Progressive Congress, APC, in Delta State, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.

The court held that the appeal lacked merit. Recall that the Delta State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Asaba had on September 29, upheld Oborevwori as the winner of the March 18, governorship election.

Omo-Agege, however, filed an appeal at the appellate court, challenging the judgment of the election petition tribunal.

Omo-Agege, who is the immediate past Deputy President of the Senate, in his appeal, had prayed to be declared winner of the poll.

But Oborevwori urged the court to dismiss the appeal which he contended lacked merit.

In its judgment on Friday, the Court of Appeal upheld Oborevwori’s election and dismissed Omo-Agege’s appeal for lacking in merit.

The appellate court also upheld the judgment of the lower tribunal. The tribunal in a separate judgment, dismissed the appeal by Kenneth Gbaji of Social Democratic Party, SDP, against PDP, APC and Labour Party, LP and their governorship candidates.

Similarly, the appellate court in a separate judgment, dismissed the appeal by the Labour Party, LP and its governorship candidate, Ken Pela, challenging the lower tribunal judgment, upholding the election of Oborevwori.

(Vanguard)

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Man shot dead for destroying BVAS machine at polling unit in Kogi

Umoru Iduh was reportedly shot dead at the Agala-Ogane polling unit in the Anyigba metropolis in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi East for destroying the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machine.

According to reports, Iduh was gunned down around 10 am while the voting was about to commence at the said polling unit in the area.

According to an eyewitness, the deceased approached the polling unit and forcefully took BVAS and smashed it on the ground in his bid to destroy them and stop voting at the polling unit.

“Umoru emerged suddenly at the polling unit in the morning, took the BVAS and smashed it on the ground. Not satisfied, he stood on it and started jumping on it frequently, for it to scatter to pieces.

“A person, suspected to be a vigilante rushed in from the crowd and fired at him, killing him instantly”, said Abdullahi Danjuma who claimed to be in the polling unit to vote at the time of the incident.

The late Umoru who was said to have indicated his interest in vying for the chairman of Anyigba garage load carrier association is married with two children.

He is said to be the son of a popular youth leader in the town, Alhassan Agolo.

However, voting was said to be ongoing in the said polling unit despite the killing of the incident.

(Tribune)

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Kogi poll: Police identify flashpoints, deploy 40,000 personnel

No fewer than 40,000 security personnel will be mobilised to give coverage to November 11 governorship election in Kogi State, the Commissioner of Police, Bernard Onuoha, has said.

The CP told our correspondent in an exclusive interview in his office at the state command headquarters in Lokoja that although he would not be able to give the exact figure immediately, it would not be less than 40,000.

“Because the election is an off-season one, we will have enough officers available for mobilisation for effective coverage due to the volatile nature of Kogi State elections,” he said.

He expressed concern about the threat of violence, adding that the higher authority had been briefed and they were working tirelessly to make sure that the threats were not actualised.

“There has been ample evidence that the election will be volatile in some flash point areas already identified, particularly in Kogi East, such as Olamaboro, Dekina, Ejule and in the Central such as Adavi,Obehira, Obangede and others areas, we will take a close watch to ensure there is peaceful election.

On efforts being made so far, the CP said he had met with the Attah of Igala and had assured him that he would be talking to his subjects on the need to be civil before, during and after the election.

(Punch)

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Kogi Guber: SDP apologises to INEC, restates confidence in integrity of commission

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) Candidate for the Kogi State Governorship Elections, Alhaji Muritala Yakubu Ajaka, has apologised and reiterated his absolute confidence in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a transparently free and fair election on November 11, 2023.

In a statement issued by his spokesman, Faruk Adejoh-Audu, the Director of Communications for his campaign, Alhaji Ajaka, expressed this vote of confidence while addressing a meeting of Party Stakeholders over the weekend.

He mentioned that he and the party’s leadership had taken the time to thoroughly examine the measures introduced by the commission to prevent electoral fraud. They are convinced that the votes of the electorate will ultimately prevail.

Earlier, ID Ijele, the Director of New Media of the SDP Governorship campaign team in Kogi, claimed in a statement that they had received reports of INEC staff allegedly being housed in the Kogi State Government House since October 18, 2023.

Ijele claimed that their campaign team had insider information revealing that Mr Ibrahim Egbunu, Nicholas Ocholi, and Muhammed Adara, who are INEC staff, had been contracted by the Governor for a covert operation aimed at reconfiguring and personalizing the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) devices.

However, INEC responded to these claims on the social media platform formally known as Twitter, describing them as “fake news.” INEC stated that the three individuals mentioned were not associated with the configuration of the BVAS machines and were not even in Kogi State at the time.

According to INEC, Mr Nicholas Ocholi was on duty in their Ondo State office in Akure, Ibrahim Egbunu was attending to a hospitalised family member in Abuja, and Mohammed Adara had retired last year and was no longer a staff of the Commission.

INEC clarified that the configuration of BVAS was carried out exclusively in their offices in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi States, professionally and strictly handled by teams deployed from the national headquarters in Abuja.

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Meanwhile, Alhaji Muritala Yakubu Ajaka told journalists that his campaign was more concerned with the desperation of Governor Yahaya Bello, whom he accused of abusing the authority of his office by arming thugs and procuring security agents to create an atmosphere of fear and terror before the elections.

Ajaka expressed his shock that a thug who was arrested turned out to be a serving Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP). He recounted how this thug and others had opened fire on his convoy but were repelled by his security details. Their kingpin, a fugitive declared wanted by the Federal High Court, managed to escape.

Ajaka stated, “I was shocked when the one caught in the bush started begging and crying out that he’s a police officer detailed to follow the thugs by his superior.”

He reassured his supporters to disregard any alarms about individuals reconfiguring BVAS devices, emphasising the confidence he has in INEC’s ability to secure the votes.

(Tribune)

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Off-season elections: Nigerian witches predict outcome of Imo, Kogi, Bayelsa polls

Ahead of the off-season elections in Imo, Kogi and Bayelsa, the White Witches and Wizards of Nigeria have predicted the outcome of the gubernatorial polls slated for November 11 in three States of the federation.

Speaking with journalists at the weekend in Lagos, Okhue Iboi, the spokesperson of the group, warned Imo Governor, Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC), People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Kogi, Dino Melaye, and the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in Bayelsa, Timipre Sylva against losing their elections on November 11 if they fail to heed wise counsel.

In Imo, Iboi said the fight would be between the candidates of the Labour Party (LP), Athan Achonu, and the Peoples Democratic Party’s Samuel Anyanwu, contrary to speculations that the incumbency factor will favour Governor Uzodinma.

Oboi charged security operatives to tighten security in the politically charged and volatile state to avert a bloodbath during the poll.

“When we met in the coven to review the three off-cycle governorship elections, we examined all the political parties and their candidates and their chances of winning the election.

“We noticed that Uzodinma is terribly hated by his people. Also, remember that he’s governor not by popular will but by legal technicalities of the Supreme Court.

“To date, his people derisively refer to him as Supreme Court Governor. The senseless killing in the state is another albatross he is carrying.

“His people thought that he was the brain behind the spate of killings perpetrated by Unknown Gunmen (UGM) and the destruction of property of the people. So, the people believe he is their sponsor. This is very unfortunate anyway, but that is what we saw in the coven,” he stated.

In Kogi, the White Witches said the election is between the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Murtala Ajaka and PDP’s Dino Melaye, stressing that Governor Yahaya Bello had already lost over failure to field his deputy to succeed him.

He said, “The Social Democratic Party (SDP) is as strong as the APC and the PDP in the state. When we met in Idah, Okenne, Ankpa, and other parts of the state, Governor Yahaya Bello’s candidate would have won easily in the state, but he appeared to have shot himself in the foot by listening to wrong advice.

“The people that advised him not to field his deputy will cost him the election victory in the state. When we got to the coven, we were told that all his strategies of destabilizing the election by fomenting trouble would not fetch him victory. There will be a bloodbath in Kogi, but Bello will still lose the election. So, we saw the election is between PDP and SDP.

“For Dino Melaye, he’s very recalcitrant. We’ve invited him a couple of times for a strategic meeting, but you know, pride goes before a fall. His vain pomposity will be his undoing. And if he fails to heed our call, he will be shell-shocked about the outcome of the election.

“Governor Bello has already lost out of favour with his people by not fielding his deputy governor to succeed him, but preferring to field his brother.”

On Bayelsa poll, Iboi said Sylva would not go anywhere in the election.

“Recall that I had in a statement predicted that he would suffer a setback in his candidacy for the ruling APC.

“Now, he is fighting the battle of his life to retain the candidacy of the party, which the court had taken away from him. If he gets it, we don’t see him going far with it,” he said.

(Tribune)

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