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Osun Guber Ruling: Atiku’s Statement Meant To Influence Ongoing Presidential Tribunal Case

President Muhammadu Buhari, PDP Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar

The Presidency has described as “very ridiculous, and even comical,’’ the reaction of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to the Supreme Court ruling affirming the election of Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State.

Atiku, who was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 presidential election, had, in a statement, expressed reservations over Friday’s Supreme Court victory of Oyetola.

In the statement, the former Vice President had stated: “I urge the nation’s judiciary to take a pulse of the nation and reflect it. In their hands, God has placed a great responsibility.

“The duty to ensure that justice is done, irrespective of the pressure to do otherwise, by the powers that be.

“Learned people know that the judiciary comes to conclusions drawing from matters of law placed before it, and not sentiments, or so-called “pulse of the nation.”

However, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, in a statement in Abuja on Friday, frowned at Atiku’s comments, saying, “Many things fly in the face of logic, reason, and legality in this portion of the statement.

“A pertinent question is: how does the judiciary gauge the pulse of the nation? Is it even positioned to do such?

“Is the judiciary established for that purpose, or to dispense justice, even if the heavens fall?”

Adesina observed that there was insinuation of inducement in the statement when the PDP candidate said the judiciary should ensure justice is done, “irrespective of the pressure to do otherwise, by the powers that be.”

“We see this as an attempt to browbeat the judiciary, thus causing it to entertain sentiment in the ongoing petition on the presidential election before the tribunal.

“If anybody has the tendency or proclivity to put pressure on the judiciary, Nigerians know where the finger points, and it is definitely not at President Muhammadu Buhari.

“This was a man who had thrice taken his electoral challenges to the judiciary, up to the Supreme Court. And not once was he accused of trying to influence the process, or put pressure on the courts.

“When the All Progressives Congress lost Zamfara and Rivers states, arising from judicial proclamations, then, there was no “pressure to do otherwise” by the powers that be.

“But now that the victory of the party in Osun was upheld, there is insinuation of pressure from those who have never learnt to play straight,” he said.

Adesina maintained that Buhari had always been committed to fair play, which he said was clearly evident in the last general elections.

According to him, the President remains committed to even-handedness and justice always.

(NAN)

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BREAKING NEWS: Appeal Court Delivers Judgement On Osun State Gubernatorial Poll |The Republican News

The court of appeal sitting in Abuja has just overturned the ruling of the tribunal which had declared Senator Adeleke as Governor Elect.

The candidate of the APC, Oyetola had approached the appellate court challenging the ruling of the tribunal which declared the candidate of the PDP winner of the Osun Gubernatorial poll conducted in September 2018.

Details later….

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Osun Gubernatorial Re-run Poll Illegal, Tribunal Declares |The Republican News

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The Osun State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja has declared as illegal the September 27, 2018 supplementary governorship election held in seven polling units as illegal.

The tribunal held that the supplementary election was a product of an illegal cancellation of the results in the seven polling units during the September 22, 2018 main election.

It ruled that the Returning Officer who cancelled the results had no power to do so.

The Peoples Democratic Party and its governorship candidate, Ademola Adeleke, in the election had filed the petition urging the tribunal to declare that Adeleke polled the highest lawful votes and be declared the winner.    (Punch)

 

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