Appeal Court sacks Akwa Ibom governor, Emmanuel; nullifies entire election

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has nullified the Akwa Ibom State governorship election of April 11, removing the declared winner, Udom Emmanuel, from office.

Mr. Emmanuel’s election was challenged by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Umana Umana.

At the election tribunal, Mr. Emmanuel of the Peoples Democratic Party, had secured partial victory, with the election cancelled only in 18 out of the state’s 31 local government areas.

The tribunal had ordered a rerun.

Mr. Emmanuel had challenged the ruling, insisting he won in all 31 LGAs.

The APC candidate, Mr. Umana, also appealed against the ruling, seeking a total nullification of the election.

A five-man panel at the Court of Appeal on Thursday dismissed Mr. Emmanuel’s argument, and cancelled the entire election.

The appeal court said the tribunal was wrong in its refusal to comply with section 179 (2) of the Constitution.

The court said having agreed with the evidence of principal witnesses, video evidence, and evidence from state collation agents, the tribunal should have concluded that there was no collation and that votes were merely allotted.

“The question is, if there was no collation, can there be said to be an election,” the court asked. “Indeed where there was no collation of election, there cannot be said to be an election.”

The tribunal was wrong in failing to nullify the entire election, the court ruled, setting aside the judgement of the tribunal in the 13 LGAs.

“The entire election is hereby nullified. The election that brought Mr. Udom is hereby nullified,” it ruled.

The appeal court ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct fresh election within 90 days.


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  • REDEEM

    The moaning mourners in APC are at it again-in the South south—The reason being that 99.9 percent of the states that APC rigged for Buhari- in the North and South West–are so poor they cannot survive for an hour without the oil revenue from the South south—–So Buhari wants an election re-run hoping he can use his Gestapo to enable him plant thieves like Amaechi in all the states in the SS——-IT IS A NATIONAL DISGRACE —–Meanwhile Nigerians are not asking the cost of such elections in the SS———

    -During the inconclusive asset declaration by Buhari, this is what Buhari told Nigerians.

    That he “uses a number of cars, two of which he bought from his savings and the others supplied to him by the federal government in his capacity as former Head of State. The rest were donated to him by well-wishers after his jeep was damaged in a Boko Haram bomb attack on his convoy in July 2014.

    So Dasuki is saying he is among the ‘well wishers’ that gave cars and Buhari is denying it, that it is FG, Is Dasuki FG?

    If na lie make him publish the number of the cars, their model and names of all the well wishers that gave him cars

    • I Hate Sycophant Truly

      For how long shall you wail and mourn for PDP political assassination? You’re just disgracing yourself bcos no single substance in what you wrote.

    • dpfrank

      Allow the President some fresh air to concentrate and do his work, stop bringing up issues that does not exist

    • New Nigerian

      You sound like Metuh of PDP…is it just coincidence?

    • Prince Wumi Adeyemi A

      Your brain needs to be removed and thoroughly washed with petrol as its obvious that your brain is due for service.

    • Prince Wumi Adeyemi A

      Your brain needs to be removed and thoroughly washed with fuel as its obvious that your brain is due for service

      • Paul Young

        hahahahahahahahahahahahaha…nigerians funny sha lol

      • Sir Demo

        The fuel go wash the grease and slime wey dey cover im brain clean but the ODOR wey go remain nko?

      • Burning spear

        @wahala———-the main buharimice here to express the dirty views of the moaning mourners in APC again–Armed–with their blood stained soul—that they sold to the Fulanis who said No to Awo————Very unstable Apes in APC——that can never be trusted——–with their poverty stricken luciferic hearts——-See even if my brain is due for such an exercise- it would not be in your regional worshop in the south west-The centre of ritual killers—-That is why u are talking of my brain being serviced at the money spinning shrines in Ijebu Ode may be–who knows————-Unaware there are Ijaws in Ondon Ekiti ati LAGOS———WHEN U HAD YOUR COCOA—–DID U SHARE IT WITH US INT EH NIGER DELTA——————-animals

    • Arabakpura

      Be careful! Those who recently spoke ill of Goodluck Rotimi Amaechi have been rewarded negatively!

  • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

    Immediate past Executive Secretaries of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and Education Tax Fund (ETF), now Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Dr. Ahmed Modibbo Mohammed and Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, now Chairman of INEC pocketed N850 million meant to buy chairs and desks for school children, according news Report.

    A Federal High Court in June 2011 ordered them to pay the said amount into an interest yielding account. Their efforts have so far drawn blank.
    Upon their “redeployments” on September 3, 2007, Modibbo and Yakubu now Chhairman of INEC cashed N850 million approved by their predecessors to mobilise a plastics chair manufacturer, Intermarkets Nigeria Limited. The company was to produce 70,000 units of chairs and tables for school children. having earlier manufactured for UBEC under Phase 1 of the project.

    Interestingly, over five years after another N850 million was drawn for Phase 2 of the manufacturing contract, Intermarkets is still waiting to be mobilised.

    A whole year after the release of the N850 million, Modibbo placed advertorials in some newspapers “Invitation for Pre-Qualification of Firms to Tender for the Production and Suppy of Plastic Desks and Chairs for Junior Secondary Schools.”unquote-

    Is EFCC now sleeping over this glaring issue of corruption–Yet Buhari appointed a thief like Prof Yakubu as chairman of INEC–Now look at the confusion in Kogi and Bayelsa——–state repectively–when Buhari a thief appoint thieves in power this is what happens———

    • saheedl

      Send your petition to efcc let’s discuss the case above

    • Akiika

      Misinformation minister….you go wail taya. Nigeria will be great again.

    • dpfrank

      Loser, stop crying

    • New Nigerian

      Is this why Emmanuel’s election was nullified? You are doing mis-information on the cheap, start a newspaper and employ Nigerians.

    • kinsly

      As usual another rubbish post.

    • Buhari4Ever

      Deri Orbuka, they were able to steal such money under the watchful eyes of GEJ and Wike, who was the education minister. By the way, do you know that Wike and Mrs. Patience Jonathan are under investigation for N180Bn UBEC fraud? Very soon, they will be in handcuffs..

      • SAM .A

        Good info brother, Mama Patience thought she will be taking food to Jonathan in prison , the reverse will take place , Jonathan will be taking food to Mama Peace in her cell { new palace]

  • Chuks

    All the bribe paid by Akpabio to judges and agents to retain his houseboy governor has gone down the drain.

  • Dazmillion

    EFCC should as a matter of urgency arrest and charge the electoral commissioner in Awka Ibom Austin Okojie

  • Analyst

    Supreme court

  • MushinSpeaks

    This is good news of the century…days of electoral rigging is over…can he now vacate the post for the right man? APC…CHANGE

  • PolyGon2013

    If this is the truth, may justice prevail. As much as I like APC, I do not want it to win every state. I would prefer the status quo at this time.

    • dpfrank

      PDP rigged the election

      • woman leader

        Of cos dey always rig

    • bikky

      I think they(PDP) did rigging to get 100% votes, I am not convince that APC can win fresh election there. However, APC should be careful with all these judgement because these set of justice has been the one given favourable judgement to PDP since 1999,how come their lenses can now see properly eespecially when it comes to APC vs othe parties issues, kindly check the ground they nullified Taraba governoship election and the ground they uphold Oyo governprship election you will discovered that judiciary is a hope of who sabi what in any ruling government in Nigeria.

    • Mephistoheles

      For your information, what you care about is of no concern to anybody else besides you and your significant other.

  • Thesource

    Thank God sanity is gradually returning back to the system, the violence that charecterized the charades called elections in both the south-south, and south-east should not be allowed to stand. Glad power changed hands!

    • share Idea

      So charade happened in SS and SE while election happened in other places including Kano where over 2m voted without any void votes – Nigeria we hail thee

  • GEJ FOREVER

    This is what you get when the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani alone are in complete control of the Judiciary and all other levers of government … a situation I consider too dangerous for the South including the South West.

    The truth is that the Nigeria Judiciary has collapsed … a potent danger to democracy.

    CJN ——- Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani

    President – Federal Court of Appeal ————– Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani

    Attorney General ——— Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani

    NB:
    The Appeal Panel of Judges are selected and constituted by the President, Federal Courts of Appeal who only selects Judges that will do her bidding ….. and in this case her husband is a founding member of CPC/APC

    • dpfrank

      Tribalist, what we want are men who support the rule of law, religion background or ethnic group is immaterial

    • musa aliyu

      Yeye dey smell. You can go jump in the ocean

    • kinsly

      Mumu post.

  • Emmanuel Maluba

    I think we should be looking critically at how our laws are allowing criminality everyday. Only cancellation of elections? Those who rig elections have all the encouragement in this world to continue to rig every election. And a government that has a lean purse must cough out more money for the rerun election. I think there should be ample provisions in the laws to take care of any candidate whose election is dismissed on the ground of rigging. I am advocating this for ANYONE in any part of Nigeria who rigs elections. It shouldnt just be an opportunity to participate in a rerun, such should be excused from the election. This will serve as a deterrent to those who depend on rigging.

    • Sir Demo

      Excellent post. One only wish our legislaTHIEVES read your post. Or INEC send a bill on that to the NASS. And all salary earned also be returned to the last kobo.

    • Sugaray2000

      E.Maluba:

      You are right. I agree with you. For me i look at Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as the whole cause.
      How could PDP be struggling to win Akwa Ibom state if not that Goodluck Jonathan is a misfit?
      Jonathan looks to me like a man who had a horse-whip in his hands but was such a sissy that
      he did not use against his assailants. “I could have….i may….i might,” and such-like
      nonsense were his favorite phrases to cover up his chronic indecision. He was so silly in
      tentativeness that his assailants took the horse-whip from his hand, ordered him to pull
      down his pants, and began flogging the hell out of him, as if to teach the dunce what
      a horse-whip is meant for in real life. For the next 100 years the Ijaw people can’t
      argue any policy option in Nigeria without provoking derisive laughter, after Jonathan.
      Goodluck Jonathan has just entered history’s black book as the most retarded of all.

  • band olu

    U see, I’ve always said that sham they called an election in d SS will not stand….PDP see ur life for town….

    • records

      @bandolu:disqus

      ATTENTION EFCC: Matters Arising

      Election fraudulence is just as criminal as outright looting of the Delta state treasury.
      PDP members should be un-assisted to defend their claimed turf in the South-south.
      If indeed Goodluck Jonathan hasn’t any bad odor the PDP should try and win again.
      But if APC wins the rerun more crimes in addition to the following pending ones arise.
      EFCC SHOULD now remember to re-activate the following pending cases; namely-

      The ₦250 moneylaundering case against Femi Fani-Kayode.

      The multi-billion Naira moneylaundering case against Wale Babalakin.

      The criminal case of bank transfer of James Ibori’s loot by Mr. Alex Okoh.

      • asking question

        @sambabalola:disqus

        DOES IT MEAN PDP WAS SO HATED ALL AROUND IT DID NOT WIN
        ANY SEAT IN ANY COUNCIL OF ANY STATE OF THE FEDERATION?

        • band olu

          No,there are many places they could have easily won but bcos rigging is in their DNA they still have to rig in these places…D reason why they do it is greed,they want to clear all d house of assembly & senate seats & don’t want d opposition to have anything,this was done in Ekiti state too..Under PDP our votes didn’t count,they rigged & allocated ridiculous figures to themselves…It is glaring they rigged in d SS & thank God it has backfired…

        • Julius

          No, they won in some states and also won in court when they were challenged.

  • SAM .A

    Whatever you show is what you reap, Emmanuel Udom and Akpabio showed election fraudulence , now they are reaping failure and gnashing of teeth at the Court of Apeal. Glory be to the God of Justice .

  • woman leader

    Pdpigs. See una life ooo

  • design

    A new dawn!

  • favourtalk

    It has become and come to an end for PDP, change is now everywhere in nigeria. Let them carry away thier wicked and fake rigging plan from nigeria

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  • Julius

    In as much as Im against a one party association in the country, they all should win an election without rigging. Good job guys. Let them go at it again and may the best man/party win !

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  • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

    NEC Manipulating PVCs to Favour Buhari, – Balarabe Musa.

    A political interest organization, Credible Alternative Alliance (CAA) led by former Kaduna state Governor, Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa has alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is tilting the distribution of Permanent Voters Card (PVC) to favour areas believed to be strongholds of All Progressives Congress’ candidate, General Muhammed Buhari.

    The group presented a statistical analysis of the distribution of PVCs which showed the number of registered voters yet to collect their PVCs in various zones.

    According to CAA, South-East has (3,287, 530) , South West (7,411,205), South-South (3,844,370) , North-East (2,429,763), North West (4,835,556), North Central (3,907,849) and FCT(421,559).

    On the distribution of PVCs, CAA said it has observed “a criminal gross disparity of voter spread designed to tilt the election to a pre-determined outcome.

    The group insists that all the 68.8 million registered voters must be given unfettered access to freely collect their PVCs and cast their vote as provided for in the constitution, adding that it would be forced to take INEC to court if that condition was not met.

    “Let us call a spade, a spade. There are two main contenders for the Presidency in this election. The analyzed data above depicts a worrying trend. Voters in the zones that tend to support President Goodluck Jonathan are massively disenfranchised by the application of the so-called PVCs debacle, 40% to 50% of voters in the these regions who are lawfully and duly registered to vote will be denied their right to vote by INEC.

  • Burning Spear

    Buhari is playing Jonathan’s script in Bayelsa State- Timipre Sylva
    Sylva accuses Muhammadu Buhari of abandoning him in Bayelsa State gubernatorial election

    The APC governorship candidate in Bayelsa state has berated his party for abandoning him, in the most critical time of his life.

    Reacting to the statement by the presidency through the attorney general of the federation; that INEC is an independent body, charged with the conduct of free and fair elections and neither the President nor the attorney general can interfere in the activities of the commission.

    Sylva has accused President Buhari and the APC of playing Jonathan’s script in Bayelsa state.
    ” From the very day, I rejected the President’s offer to serve as a minister and told him I would want to run for the governorship seat, I knew they were up to something sinister about Bayelsa state.

    The APC and the President didn’t want me to fly the party’s flag. They wanted a weak candidate, to make it easy for the PDP in Bayelsa state. All in a bid to compensate former President Jonathan. And we know it! The event that played out during the primaries confirms it all.

    But for the resistance shown by majority of APC members in Bayelsa, Adams and his team would have had their way. The plot and hatred was even extended to my fundraising dinner. They boycotted it and even asked others to do same. Several appeals were sent to the President, but nothing worked.

    It took the intervention of Amaechi and a few others for me to even raise money for logistics. And that was after I painstakingly, made a case, that we need to win in Bayelsa to prove a point, and ginger our supporters in the south-south. Failure of which will mar our political fortunes in the region ”

    Recall that Sylva petitioned the Attorney General of the Federation to prevail on INEC to declare him winner of the ele

  • Mephistoheles

    The next logical step will be to bring those who feel they can allot votes, and those who allowed alloted votes to stand as collated to justice.

  • Otile

    Let them stop probing the massacre of people in Zaria just as they did not bother to investigate the recent massacre at Onitsha. The more they dig into these massacres the more they expose Imam to danger of joining Taylor at the Hague.

    • Mephistoheles

      Shut….UP! Traitor! You have your 30 pieces of silver already!

      • Otile

        The world knows who the traitors are, not me. Try as you may you cannot not shake it off, the label stays with you and your people for eternity.

  • BELLO DAN GARKUWA

    MR FIX IT CAN NO LONGER FIX ANYTHING FOR PDP. RIGGING DOESN’T PAY NOW.

    • Tonero

      It is so funny how PDP broke into pieces under the unthinking Goodluck Jonathan. It’s amazing!
      The question now is who is left in the rump to put the PDP back together again? I don’t see any.

      • Anne Tom-Lawyer

        @aminukolawoleonyekwere:disqus

        Elections are not as critical to the state of the nation as this other matter.

        Students who got into secondary school under Raji Fashola in Lagos state
        have once again woefully failed Waec school certificate examination, en masse,
        Lagos state scored 70.6% FAILURE RATE in mathematics and English across the
        board. I remember that a well-respected policy analyst – SEYI OLU AWOFESO – had
        been warning that by resurfacing existing roads at the expense of human
        development Raji Fashola was destroying the future of Lagos and rendering Lagos
        un-liveable in peace. Is that analysis not as clear as day today? To my own
        mind today I see Lagos state as a place that will get bloodier and bloodier.
        Gunshots became commonplace in Lagos state for the first time under Raji
        Fashola. It will escalate into Iraqi type insurgency very soon. It is
        unfortunate that Lagosians did not heed wise counsel that Raji Fashola does not
        have the knowledge of public administration. He sees public administration only
        as Public Works Department (PWD) functions, but that’s not the purpose of
        government, but a routine duty of just a Ministry.

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