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JUST IN: Tribunal Grants PDP’s Request To Tender 48 Video Clips Against Buhari

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Presidential Election Petition Tribunal. Atiku and Buhari

The presidential election petitions tribunal on Monday granted the application of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to tender 48 video clips.

Chris Uche, counsel to the petitioners, made the application to tender the video clips in support of the petition challenging the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari as winner of February presidential election.

But the respondents – Independent National Electoral Commission, Buhari, and the All Progressives Congress (APC) – objected to the application.

Alex Izinyon, Buhari’s lawyer, described the move as an “ambush”.

“Your lordship they are not part of the documents listed,” he said.

Uztaz Usman, INEC counsel, argued that the presentation of the witness and evidence was not part of what the lawyers agreed on.

“What the media will be reporting will be another thing. We were taken by surprise. This does not comply with first schedule of evidence act,” Usman had said.

Thereafter, the tribunal stood down for 1 hour 30 minutes to decide on the ruling.

Upon, resumption, the five-man panel of judges led by Mohammed Garba granted the request of the petitioners.

The panel held that “no specific evidence is excluded from being tendered as an evidence.”

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Edo Assembly Swears In 12 APC Members In An Undisclosed Location

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Twelve members of the Edo state house of Assembly loyal to the All Progressives Congress, APC have been sworn-in on Wednesday at an undisclosed location in Edo state.

It will be recalled that the Governor of the State, Godwin Obaseki ordered a ‘renovation’ of the Edo state house of assembly on Wednesday afternoon in order to quell an alleged plot to impeach him.

For several months now, Obaseki has actively worked to prevent the inauguration of the lawmakers in order to maintain ‘control’ over the assembly.

Following a fallout with his predecessor, Adams Oshiomole, Obaseki ensured that the lawmakers were not inaugurated in order to prevent Oshiomhole’s loyalists from taking control of the state legislature.

Below are photographs from the swearing-in ceremony.

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Edo Assembly Shut Down, Roofs Removed As Obaseki Fingers Oshiomhole, Uzodinma In Police Invasion

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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has accused his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole, and Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, of being responsible for the police invasion of the state’s House of Assembly on Thursday.

Obaseki accused Oshiomhole and Uzodinma of trying to cause tension in Edo ahead of the September 19 governorship election in the state.

The governor spoke to BBC Pidgin through his media aide, Crusoe Osagie, on Thursday.

Obaseki and the Edo Assembly Speaker were said to have stormed the complex and ordered the police out of the premises to prevent “forceful takeover” of the assembly.

According to reports, the speaker subsequently gave an order of no entry into the assembly complex.

It was learnt that shortly after Obaseki and the speaker left the complex, some trucks started to deliver stones and sands at the premises.

Heeps of stones and sand offloaded at entrance of Edo Assembly Complex after police invasion

Some youths were also seen pulling down the roofs of the assembly complex to indicate commencement of renovation work at the premises.

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Edo Deputy Speaker Impeached

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The deputy speaker of the Edo House of Assembly Yekini Idiaye has been impeached on Wednesday.

Idiaye is the lawmaker representing Akoko-Edo Constituency I in the assembly.

His impeachment by lawmakers in the assembly comes days after he declared support for Osagie Ize-Iyamu, an opponent to the current governor Godwin Obaseki in the Edo State governorship election.

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