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BREAKING: Tribunal sacks James Manager as Delta South Senator, orders fresh election

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The Election Petitions Tribunal ll sitting in Asaba on Saturday sacked Senator James Manager of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the senator representing Delta South Senatorial District at the National Assembly.

The tribunal in its judgement order for a re-run election in the district within 90 days.

Former Delta State governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, had approached the tribunal seeking the panel to declare him winner of the February 23rd, 2019 National Assembly election.

Uduaghan’s counsel, Chief Thomson Okpoko (SAN), further prayed the tribunal to nullify the election and order for a fresh election over gross electoral malpractices that trailed the exercise in February 23, 2019.

The chairman of tribunal panel, Justice O.O Onyeabo ordered that INEC twithdraw certificate of return issued to Senator Manger for a re-run election.

In a ruling which lasted over three, Justice Onyeabo stated that the defendants, Senator Manager and the PDP, could not defend the allegation of over voting and irregularities leveled against them by Dr. Uduaghan and the APC.

In a unanimous judgement, the panel cancelled the election and ordered for a fresh election within 90 days.

The areas in dispute were; Burutu, Bomadi, Patani, Isoko North, Warri South-West and Warri North Council Areas of the District.

But reacting to the judgement, Senator Manager vowed to challenge the tribunal judgement at the Appeal Court in Benin.

Sacked Senator Manager, speaking through his lawyer, Mr Larry Selekeowei (SAN) said that they were not satisfied with the judgement but will study and appealed it.

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Breaking: Soldier kills four colleagues in Borno, commits suicide

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Breaking: Soldier kills four colleagues in Borno, commits suicide

A soldier who is a Corporal of the Nigerian Army serving at the Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Army Super Camp 15, located at Malam Fatori in Borno State, northern Nigeria,  has killed four of his colleagues.

The Witness reports that a statement by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, confirmed the development, saying that the Nigerian Army soldier later shot himself in the early hours of Wednesday, February 26,

It was learned that two other soldiers of the Nigerian Army were injured from the shooting but are currently in stable condition in hospital in Maiduguri, the capital and the largest city of Borno State in north-eastern Nigeria.

The Acting Director of Army Public Relations said efforts are ongoing to contact the families of our gallant colleagues who paid the supreme price in the line of duty.

“Two of his colleagues were also injured during the incident and are currently in stable condition in our hospital in Maiduguri. Efforts are ongoing to contact the families of our gallant colleagues who paid the supreme price in the line of duty. May their gentle souls Rest In Peace.

“Meanwhile, an investigation into the case has since been instituted to determine the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident,” Musa said.

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[BREAKING] Bayelsa: Supreme Court upholds judgement sacking APC’s David Lyon

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[BREAKING] Bayelsa: Supreme Court upholds judgement sacking APC's David Lyon

The Supreme Court has upheld its judgement which sacked David Lyon and Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the governor-elect and deputy governor-elect of Bayelsa State. The apex court dismissed an application for review of the judgment.

According to Justice Amina Augie who read the judgment, the application lacks merit, adding that the decisions of the court are final.

She added that the applicants failed to point out errors, stating that the judgment is final for all ages.

The apex court judge said the judgment is final in the ‘real sense’ and no court on earth can review the judgment.

“There must be an end to litigation even if we review this judgment, every disaffected litigant will bring similar applications and the finality of Supreme Court judgments will be lost.”

She added that the applications are frivolous and vexatious, and awarded the cost of N10 million against the applicants to be personally paid by their counsel.

Recall the apex court, on February 13, sacked Lyon of the APC barely 24 hours to his inauguration.

A five-member panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Odili nullified Mr Lyon’s election on the grounds that his deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, presented false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) to aid his qualification for the November 16 governorship election in State.

Subsequently, the court ordered INEC to declare the party with the highest number of lawful votes and geographical spread the winner of the election. The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Douye Diri, was later sworn in as governor.

This was sequel to a suit filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Douye Diri, against the APC candidates and INEC, seeking the disqualification of the APC deputy governorship candidate.

 

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Bayelsa: Court to deliver judgment in APC’s request to review Bayelsa judgment

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[BREAKING] Bayelsa: Supreme Court upholds judgement sacking APC's David Lyon

The Supreme Court has fixed judgment for Wednesday (Today) in the application by the All Progressives Congress (APC) for a review of its judgment in the Bayelsa State governorship dispute.

The apex court has, in its February 13, 2020 judgement, voided the participation of the APC’s candidates in the election on the grounds that its deputy governorship candidate submitted false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) about his education credentials.

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