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Election Petitions Drop

21 May 2011

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Prof. Attahiru Jega , INEC Chairman

By Our Correspondents

Past Petitions

2003    –     560
2007    –     1,250
2011    –     400

Tribunals set up to adjudicate on disputes arising from the April 2011 general elections will have very little to do across the states, THISDAY investigations have revealed.

Statistics obtained by our correspondents at the end of the deadline for submission of petitions revealed that the volume of petitions by aggrieved politicians concerning the governorship, state and National Assembly elections dropped to 400 as against the 1,250 filed after the 2007 elections.

The number of petitions for 2011 is also much lower than the 560 petitions filed after the 2003 general elections.
Also, at the 2011 Presidential Election Tribunal, only two petitions were filed against the victory of President Goodluck Jonathan compared to the six filed after the 2007 elections against late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua’s election.
The petitions against Jonathan were filed by Major-General Muhammadu Buhari’s Congress for Progressive Change and Hope Democratic Party.
Analysts say the drastic fall in the number of petitions recorded after the April polls must have been influenced by the decisions of many failed candidates to accept the results following what they saw as a largely free and fair elections.

The scenario at the election tribunal in Sokoto State is interesting. The tribunal did not receive a single petition concerning the April polls, though there was no governorship election in the state because the tenure of Governor Aliyu Wammako is yet to lapse.
The Secretary of the tribunal, Mrs. Chinyere Dike, confirmed this to THISDAY in Sokoto that no petition was received in respect of the state legislative and National Assembly elections.

In Yobe, the election tribunal will work on only two petitions. In 2007, there were five petitions handled by the tribunal in the state.
The election tribunal received only one petition for the governorship poll in Oyo State unlike in 2011 when it got four.
Outgoing Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala is the only one challenging the victory of Chief Abiola Ajimobi of the Action Congress of Nigeria.
Similarly, the Oyo tribunal received only nine petitions on elections into state and national assemblies.Over 40 petitions trailed the 2007 polls in the state.

Only three petitions are before the elections tribunal in Ekiti State. As a result, the tribunal’s office in Ado Ekiti has been very quiet.
This is contrary to the 15 petitions and counter petitions that arose from the 2007 elections. There was no governorship election in the state.

The Adamawa State Elections Petition Tribunal Chairman, Justice Christopher Ohakwe, and the two other members will virtually be on holiday as only three petitions were filed before the tribunal.
This is against 14 petitions filed in 2007. The state is also one of the 10 states where there was no governorship election.
In Kaduna State, the tribunal received 11 petitions. The CPC is challenging the election of the incumbent Governor Patrick Yakowa.

The CPC has also filed petitions challenging six House of Assembly and five House of Representatives elections won by the Peoples Democratic Party.
in Ondo State, only five petitions were filed in respect of the April polls. They are challenging one state and four national assembly election results.

Former governor Olusegun Aguagu of PDP is challenging the election of Labour Party’s Boluwaji Kunlere for the Ondo East Senatorial seat.

In 2007, over 40 petitions were filed, challenging virtually every result in the state. No governorship election took place in the state.
Our correspondent reports that in Niger State the tribunal received only four petitions. There was no petition against the election of Governor Babangida Aliyu unlike in 2007 when one was filed against his victory.

The Akwa Ibom State tribunal received 17 petitions. Three are for the senatorial elections, five for House of Represent-atives, two governorship and seven petitions for the House of Assembly elections.

Steve Ibanga of Pan African Congress and John Akpan Udoedehe of the ACN are challenging Governor Godswill Akpabio’s victory.
The Bauchi tribunal received 12 petitions challenging the results of the April polls. ACN filed four while CPC filed two.
Also the All-Nigeria Peoples Party filed two and PDP three. Nuhu Gidado of the CPC petitioned against the re-election of Governor Isa Yuguda.

Nineteen petitions are pending before the tribunal in Benue. Prof. Steven Ugbah of the ACN is challenging the victory of Governor Gabriel Suswam. General Lawrence Onoja of the ACN is also challenging the election of Senator David Mark of the PDP for Benue South Senatorial District.

The Benue tribunal handled 21 petitions after the 2007 polls.
The Bayelsa tribunal has just six petitions before it. One involves former deputy governor Peremobowei Ebebi of the LP challenging Senator Heineken Lokpobri election for Bayelsa West Senatorial seat. Lokpobri is of the PDP.
No governorship election took place in the state.

The Kwara State tribunal received just four petitions. It received only one petition against the governorship poll as against the three it received in 2007. Mohammed Belgore of the ACN is challenging the election of Abdulfatah Ahmed of the PDP as governor.
In one other petition in Kwara State, Oloriegbe Yahaya of the ACN is challenging the election of Bukola Saraki for Kwara Central Senatorial seat. Bilkisu Tinuola Gambari of the CPC is also challenging Saraki’s election.

The tribunal in Cross River received just six petitions arising from the April polls. No governorship election in the state until next year.
The tribunal in Ogun State received just six petitions concerning the April polls.
Not a single petition was against the election of Ibikunle Amosun as governor. Both Brig- General Tunji Olurin[rtd] of PDP and Gboyega Isiaka of the Peoples Party of Nigeria snubbed the tribunal.

However, Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello is challenging the election of Gbenga Obadara as senator for Ogun Central.
Also, the Ogun PDP filed a petition on behalf of Dimeji Bankole who lost to another ACN candidate, Segun Williams, in Abeokuta South Federal Constituency.

The tribunal in Imo State received 14 petitions.
Notable among the petitions are that of former governor Achike Udenwa of ACN against the election of Hope Uzodinma of PDP; Ambassador Kema Chikwe of PDP against Senator Chris Anyanwu of the All Progressives Grand alliance and Chief Cosmas Iwu of the ACN against Ambassador Mathew Nwagwu of PDP.
There was no single petition against Rochas Okorocha, the governor-elect. The tribunal in Imo received more than 50 petitions in 2007.
In Delta State, four petitions were filed as against six filed in 2007. Chief Great Ogboru of the Democratic Peoples Party is challenging the victory of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of PDP.

Two gubernatorial petitions were filed after the 2007 polls in Delta State.  
Sixteen petitions have been received by the tribunal in Borno State. Four of them are in respect of the House of Representatives pol, one against the governorship election and 11 against the state assembly.
In Kogi, virtually all the National Assembly elections are being challenged, as there are petitions against three senate seats and eight out of nine House of Representative election.

In one of the petitions, Tolorunju Joseph Faniyi of the CPC is challenging the election of Senator Smart Adeyemi in Kogi West.
In Lagos, the tribunal has 15 cases to handle. Eleven concerns National Assembly polls and four, state assembly election.
There is no petition against the re-election of Governor Babatunde Fashola.
Nine petitions were received by the Kebbi State tribunal. The figure is lower than the 27 petitions received by the tribunal after the 2007 general elections. The CPC governorship candidate, Abubakar Mallam, is challenging the re-election of Governor Saidu Dakingari.
Five petitions are before the Osun State tribunal. Four are challenging state House of Assembly results while one is against a House of Representatives  member-elect.

This is unlike 2007, 27 petitions were filed, all by ANC against PDP victories, including the governorship.
The Taraba tribunal has received nine petitions. There are two senatorial petitions, two for House of Representatives and four for the State Assembly elections while there is only one petition so far challenging the result of the gubernatorial election. The ACN gubernatorial candidate, Joel Danlami Ikenya is challenging the re-election of Governor Dambaba Danfulani Suntai.
The tribunal in Nasarawa has 13 petitions to handle, including that of incumbent governor Akwe Doma of the PDP, challenging the victory of CPC’s Tanko Almakura. 18 petitions were handled by the Nasarawa tribunal after the 2007 elections.
In Kano State, the tribunal has nine petitions before it unlike in 2007 when it had five to handle. Two of the 2011 petitions are challenging the election of Rabiu Kwakwanso as governor.

In Katsina, 11 petitions before the tribunal. However, Governor Ibrahim Shema’s re-election was not challenged unlike in 2007 when his victory was challenged. In 2007, the Katsina tribunal handled 13 cases.
The tribunal in Abia received 25 petitions. Five of the petitions are against the re-election of Governor Theodore Orji. Another five were filed against the outcome of the senatorial polls and nine against the House of Representatives results while six were filed against Abia State House of Assembly results.

In Zamfara, the tribunal received 12 petitions. The PDP is challenging the election of Abdulazeez Abubakar Yari as governor. One House of Representatives result and 10 State House of Assembly results are also being challenged.

The tribunal in Plateau received 13 petitions, with the re-election of Jonah Jang as governor is being challenged by Pauline Tallen of the LP.

In Anambra, 53 petitions are before the tribunal. It is the highest in the country. There was no governorship election in Anambra State.
The tribunal in Edo State has 14 petitions to adjudicate on. However, this is low compared with the 20 petitions it received in respect of the 2007 general elections. There was no governorship election in the state.

The Rivers State tribunal received 40 petitions. Four petitions are against the re-election of Governor Rotimi Amaechi. Five are against senatorial election results, nine against House of Representatives results and 22 against State House of Assembly results.
Ten petitions were filed at the Gombe tribunal. The election of Ibrahim Dankwambo of the PDP is being challenged by the ACN. Two National Assembly and seven state assembly petitions are also before the tribunal.

Eight petitions are before the tribunal Enugu. One of them is challenging the election of Governor Sullivan Chime. The remaining seven are challenging results of National Assembly polls.

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  • The drop in the number of petitions was not due to free and fair elections. Because most of the malpractices that bedeviled the 2003 and 2007 were similarly recorded in 2011 elections. The truth is that the 2010 Electoral Act is tailored in such a way that it would be difficult for a loser to win at the Tribunal..

    From: M. M. DANTSOHO

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  • If INEC can eliminate manual collations by firming up on the computerized arrangement for the next elections, the petitions will drop to zero!

    From: Ebuka

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  • This is news and good journalism. Does the law allow more than one tribunal for each state? There is need to assign some litigations to those who are less occupied in order to do away with the effects of delayed justice.

    From: Emeka K Duru

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  • let the election tribunal in Delta state be truthful in judging the Uduaghan victory because there were no election in Delta state but fraud all over the voting arena.If possible let there be a new votes so that the eyes of the nation would watch and mount security to investigate the elections,just like Lagos.

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  • what ever

    From: Babatunde Fela

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