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.”
PDP Protest Attempt To Overthrow Buhari — Uzodinma
Imo Governor Hope Uzodinma has accused sponsors of the nationwide protest on Sunday and Monday of attempting to bring down the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Uzodinma also urged the federal government and security agencies to investigate the real intention of the sponsors of such protest across the nation
The governor spoke on Monday when scores of the supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State staged a solidarity rally for him over his victory at the Supreme Court.
According to him, the nationwide protest by the PDP members was an attempt to overthrow the federal government.
“Why are they organising a nationwide protest on an event that happened in Imo? If they didn’t have ulterior motive to bring down the government, you they could have held the rally in Imo State, where the supreme Court passed a judgement?”
He insisted: “We are one united and indivisible country. We did not challenge the election on the grounds of violence or over voting, but we asked the court to add our votes which INEC did not include”
The governor urged the people of the state to go about their normal businesses because “I’m in charge and it is by the grace of God that I’m your governor”.
State Deputy chairman, Ugochukwu Nzekwe, while addressing the mammoth crowd, stated that the party members were on a solidarity rally to show that the people of the state were happy with Senator Hope Uzodinma as their new governor.
PDP Plotting To Impeach Me — Uzodinma Cries Out
The newly installed governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma has raised alarm that there is an alleged plan for him to be impeached.
Uzodinma said the plan is the handiwork of The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Imo State.
Oguike Nwanchukwu, the Chief Secretary and Media Adviser to the governor said that the plan has already been exposed.
“We know the game plan of the PDP because we are aware that they have been secretly inciting Imo State House of Assembly members to think of how to impeach the governor. So they are trying to rake up anything they can, even falsehood, to incite the public.”
Recall that the former governor of the State, Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic party was sacked by the court on Tuesday, January 14th and Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress, APC, was declared the winner of the just concluded governorship election.
Supreme Court Upholds Elections Of Plateau, Bauchi Govs
The supreme court has upheld the elections of Simon Lalong, governor of Plateau state, and Bala Mohammed, his Bauchi counterpart.
In Plateau, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Lalong, who contested the March election under the All Progressives Congress (APC), winner, but Jeremiah Useni, his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rival, had challenged his victory.
Useni had earlier lost at the tribunal and court of appeal.
Mohammaed Abubakar of the APC had also challenged the victory of Mohammed who contested under the platform of the PDP.
Like Useni, Abubakar lost at the tribunal and appeal court but headed to the supreme court.
At the apex court on Monday, Sylvester Ngwuta, the judge who headed the seven-man panel, dismissed the appeal filed by Useni and Abubakar.