Henry Ojelu


The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate in the 28 March Lagos-West Senatorial election, Mr Segun Adewale also known as Aeroland on Friday testified before the election petition tribunal sitting in Lagos.segun-adewale

Aeroland is contesting the declaration of All Progressives Congress, APC’s candidate Solomon Olamilekan Adeola as the winner of the election.

Led in evidence by his lawyer, Dr. Yemi Oke, Adewale insisted that he won the election and urged the court to declare him as winner.

His testimony was stalled as counsel to Solomon Adeola, APC and INEC objected to his lawyer’s attempt to tender his additional witness statement before the court.Opposing the admissibility of the statement, APC’s lawyer, Muiz Banire, insisted that the witness statement is a clever attempt by petitioner to amend the petition.

Banire argued that the additional witness statement is inconsistent with section 117 of the Evidence Act as it failed to disclose the trade or profession, residence and nationality of the deponent. Read More →



Written by Dapo Olufade

 

Outgoing chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, said that university vice-chancellors were appointed returning officers during the last general elections because they were people with track record of credibility.Jega-INEC-chairman

Jega ,speaking with reporters on the sideline of a dinner organised in his honour by the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU) in Abuja said :“We were looking for people with integrity; and we have no doubt that there are many people with integrity in the Nigerian university system.

“So, it is like a ready-made constituency to get the kind of people we needed for the job to be done. Read More →



Posted by: Sam Egburonu, Assistant Editor, Dare Odufowokan, and Sunday Oguntola


As the National Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, finally bows out of the commission, Associate Editor, Sam Egburonu, Assistant Editor, Dare Odufowokan, and Sunday Oguntola report on the search for his successor, the factors that will determine the ultimate choice and the achievements of previous chief electoral officers.AttahiruJega

As the National Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, whose tenure has expired, prepares to retire from the commission on June 30, 2015; the world is eager to know who would step into his big shoes.

The Nation’s investigation shows that the high expectation over Jega’s successor is primarily anchored both on 2019 political calculations and on the need to ensure that the new chief electoral umpire in Nigeria will not just match the outgoing INEC boss’ commitment to electoral reforms but will have the capacity to exceed his achievements in that area. Read More →



Adebiyi Adedapo


Indications have emerged on Tuesday that Professor Attahiru Jega would retire alongside seven National Commissioners and 16 Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) by the end of the month.Attahiru-Jega

INEC’s REC in Lagos, Akin Orebiyi, dropped the hint yesterday in Lagos during the opening session of a two-day stakeholders’ review meeting on the role of media in the 2015 elections, organised by the UNDP – Democratic Governance for Development (DGD) Project II.

Orebiyi, who said the commission could not fulfill some of its promises to the electorate, expressed hope of a better electoral process ahead of the 2019 elections. Read More →



Chukwudi Akasike


THE All Progressives Congress in Rivers State has said that despite the assumption of office of Governor Nyesom Wike, it was confident that he would be removed by the election petition tribunal.

Wike won on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party during the April 2015 elections.Chief-Nyesom-Wike

The state chairman of the APC, Dr. Davies Ikanya, in a statement made available to SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday, said Wike was unjustly declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
He advised the governor not to embark on any long term project, adding that he (Wike) has a short time to stay in office. Read More →




Dr. Fredrick Fasehun is the National Chairman of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) and Founder of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC). In this interview with SEYI TAIWO-OGUNTUASE, he speaks on the last general elections, the use of the card readers, and other issues. Excerpt…Fredrick-Fasehun

What is your assessment of the last general elections?

Well, the end result of the elections obviously misrepresented the people’s voice. The people wanted democracy; I don’t think they got democracy. They wanted a general election to usher in democracy but unfortunately the elections were held, but I personally – from what I observed and what I saw – it was more of an exercise in rigging than electioneering.But the election was adjudged free and fair by observers within and outside the country, why are you now saying it misrepresented the people’s voice? Read More →



Ade Adesomoju

A group, Advocacy for Societal Rights Advancement and Development Initiative, has instituted a fresh suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja seeking to stop the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, from swearing the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday. Gen-Muhammadu-Buhari-retd

The suit filed on Tuesday is also seeking an order nullifying the certificate of return issued to Buhari by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The plaintiff hinged the suit on the allegation that Buhari did not qualify to contest the presidential election on the grounds that he gave false information about his academic qualification to INEC. Read More →