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US Travel Ban Demonstrates That The Presidential Poll Was Rigged – Atiku

PDP Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar

After many months of allegedly living in denial, the Buhari administration was now faced with the truth in the form of a US visa ban on politicians who undermined Nigeria’s democracy.

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the February 23 election, Atiku Abubakar, has said that the current travel ban imposed by the United States on some politicians in Nigeria has validated his claim that the presidential election was rigged in favour of the All Progressives Congress and President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to the PUNCH, the former Vice President in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Paul Ibe, on Wednesday, said he had maintained after the presidential election that the poll was not credible.

He further alleged that the leadership under Buhari and his allies engaged in propaganda to deny that the election was rigged.

According to him, after many months of allegedly living in denial, the Buhari administration was now faced with the truth in the form of a US visa ban on politicians who undermined Nigeria’s democracy.

He quoted the spokesman of the US State Department, Morgan Ortagus, as saying, “We condemn those whose acts of violence, intimidation, or corruption harmed Nigerians or undermined the democratic process.

“The Secretary of State is imposing visa restrictions on Nigerians believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining democracy in Nigeria. These individuals have operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and undermined democratic principles and human rights.”

Atiku said the above statement supported his position that the 2019 elections were ‘undermined by the actions of state actors and institutions.

He said, “We also wish to thank the United States of America for standing with the Nigerian people against those whose desire is to truncate our democracy.

“We urge the Nigerian people not to despair. There is hope on the horizon. There is light at the end of the tunnel. The myriad of security, economic and social challenges Nigeria currently faces, which has resulted in our nation becoming the world headquarters for extreme poverty will, God willing, soon be over, with the prospect of purposeful and result-oriented leadership.”

(Sahara Reporters)

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Buhari vs Atiku: We’ve Evidence INEC Procured, Installed, Deployed Servers In 36 States, Two Groups Claim

PIC.16. NEW INEC CHAIRMAN, PROF. MAHMOOD YAKUBU TAKING OATH BEFORE PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI AT THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA IN ABUJA ON MONDAY (9/11/15) 7076/09/11/2015/ICE/NAN

“Apart from the incontrovertible facts our IT and legal teams have in their possession, and ready to bring to the attention of the tribunal, I wish to present to you another evidence obtainable by FoI.”

A joint committee of information technology and legal experts has claimed to have incontrovertible evidence about Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) servers, installed in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The groups, Deservation and Pukka Initiative, made the revelation in Yola, Thursday night, showing a document, that detailed how and when INEC server was allegedly installed and put to use.

Dr. Sani Adamu, who spoke for the two groups, said, “Apart from the incontrovertible facts our IT and legal teams have in their possession, and ready to bring to the attention of the tribunal, I wish to present to you another evidence obtainable by FoI.”

Quoting the INEC chairman, Prof. Yakub Mahmood, Adamu stated the electoral body’s chairman had publicly declared that “we are pioneering and deploying in 2019 general elections, a new platform for the electronic Collation and transmission of results of the 2019 elections”.

He, therefore, decried alleged moves by INEC to deny the availability of the server, stressing that the action is grave, just as it is a looming national disaster.

Countering the electoral umpire’s claims, Adamu referred to “INEC’s 2017-2021 strategic programme of action  document, page 5, serial number 1.4 and key action, titled ‘improve ICT operational deployment and utilization, including activities SN 1.4.1 to SN 1.4.57”, saying these series of activities “have captured all the essence of the server deployment by INEC”.

He insisted that all of the activities underscored the approval for a server and its subsequent implementation between the first quarter of 2017 and the fourth quarter of 2018.

“Specifically, based on activities SN 1.4.57 in the strategic programme of action 2017-2021, the INEC leadership have received the approval for the transmission of electronic results to the collation centres.

“In the same vein, SN 1.4.16 indicates that INEC has received the approval to procure servers for the 36 states and the FCT in the second quarter of 2017 and completed in the second quarter of 2018.

“For the avoidance of doubt, I wish to tender a copy of the 2017-2021 strategic programme of action document, which dealt with issues of ICT including servers, card readers and the electronic transmission of election results,” he claimed.

He called on all Nigerians to join the campaign for INEC to own up and do the needful. “Because we are in a situation similar to the June 12 of Moshood Abiola,” he added.

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Alleged Wike’s Bribe: Accused INEC Officers Refuse Trial In Abuja

 

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja

The Independent National Electoral Commission’s 23 officials, who were accused of receiving N360m bribe from Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, have filed objection to their trial in Abuja.

The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation had, on March 7, filed seven counts against the 23 defendants for allegedly receiving N360m bribe from Wike in connection with the December 10, 2016, rerun elections in River State.

The 23 defendants appeared before Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday but the proceedings were stalled after the defence lawyers informed the judge of their pending application challenging the jurisdiction of the court.

Shortly after the case was called on Tuesday, the lead prosecuting counsel, Mr. A. K. Alilu, urged the judge to direct the charges to be read to the accused persons.

But in response, the lawyer for 20 of the defendants, Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN), said he had filed a motion, dated March 13, 2017, challenging the territorial jurisdiction of the court.

He said the actions being complained of, having taken place in Rivers State, the court in Abuja lacked territorial jurisdiction to entertain the case.

Raji stated, “We have a motion, dated March 13, 2017, challenging the territorial jurisdiction of this court.

“All the acts being complained about took place in Rivers State.None of the defendants is resident here.

“This is a motion that should be resolved one way or the other.

“We urge Your Lordship to stay the issue of plea, pending the resolution of this motion. Then, if My Lord affirms the territorial integrity of the court, we can go on with the trial.”

Two other defence lawyers also told the court that they intended to file similar applications.

Alilu also indicated that he intended to oppose the application.

The judge then directed that the prosecution to file its objection to the already filed application and others that might be filed later.

He fixed April 7 for hearing of the motions.

The accused persons, named in the charges marked FHC/ABJ/CR/42/2017, are said to include three state coordinators of the electoral body.

The prosecution, in the charges, alleged that the N360m bribe, which the 23 defendants allegedly received from Wike, represented proceeds of the governor’s criminal conduct as well as economic and financial crimes.

The 23 INEC officials allegedly, between December 7 and 10, 2016, “converted, concealed, were in possession” and “used” the sum of N360m bribe in violation of various provisions of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 and Economic and Financial Crimes (Establishment, etc) Act, 2004.

The accused include Shittu Lamido (Shettima), Henry Owokure, Peter Ewetade, Mrs. Tunkoyo Pennap, Gwatana Jibril, Ivase Stephen and Abdullahi Ogabo.

Also named as part of the defendants are Gayus Hassan, Hussaini Yahaya, James Ogwuche, Karimu Aminu and Adedokun Ayotunde.

The defendants also include Balogun Funmilayo, Adams Kadiri, Akinwande Adesoji, Lukeman Olabimpe and Tiamiyu Arowolo.

Other accused persons in the case are Akinwoye Amodu, Nwoha Yusuf, Patrick Anuke, Iro Abali, Nwosu Oluchi and Arukwe Chinelo.   (Punchng.com)

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