ABUJA, Feb 26, 2008 (AFP) - A Nigerian court Tuesday upheld the April 2007 election of Umaru Yar'Adua as Nigeria's president.
"Since the two consolidated petitions have failed, Umaru Yar'Adua and Goodluck Jonathan remain validly elected as president and vice president of Nigeria," presiding judge James Ogebe ruled.
ABUJA (AFP) - A special tribunal Tuesday dismissed one out of two petitions seeking to overturn the April 2007 election ofThe as Nigeria's president on the grounds of electoral malpractice. Tribunal, sitting in Abuja, dismissed the case brought by former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, one of the two opposition politicians who lost to Yar'Adua in the presidential poll.
"The petitioner (Buhari) has in this case established substantially the non-compliance with the electoral act but has failed to establish the substantiality (effect) of the non-compliance on the results," James Ogebe, presiding a panel of five judges, ruled.
"This issue is therefore resolved in favour of the respondent (Yar'Adua)," Ogebe said, adding that Buhari's petition is "hereby dismissed".
By early afternoon the court had not yet started its ruling on the second petition, brought by, a former vice-president.
Adamawa: Tribuanl Sacks Gov. NyakoThe appeal court sitting in Jos, has upheld the judgment of election tribunal, on the election petition brought against Nyako by the AC. the Speaker has been odered to take over pending elections within 90 days.... Grounds that the AC was unlawfully excluded...Justice Isa Ayo Salami delivered the ruling.
Yobe: Court Rules Sen. Mamman Ali Remains GovJustice Abdulsalam in has just delivered judgment, that the appeal is incompetent and dismissed same. So Ali Mamman remians the Governor.
Court Of Appeal Upholds Jonah Jang's ElectionThe Court of Appeal sitting in Jos has thrown away the appeal of the AC and ordered them to pay the sum of N60,000, So Jonah Jang remains Governor of Plateau State.
Same source, as you & commoner, timming may be different. I may be wrong on Jang, I think source may have meant 'Gyang lost his appeal', you know that Gyang & Jang sounds somewhat similar.
We now await verdict on Atiku`s case, Buhari lost his, I think the court admitted that there may have been irregularities in 4-states, but 4-out of-36 does not translate to victoy for Buhari.
If the tribunal say this (bold part of yours below) on Buhari's case, then we know where the rest of the case is heading. Did they base their conclusions on Buhari's submission or does Justice Ogebe really think there was a presidential election in April last year? I know he is not supposed to present judgement on what was not tabled. We have not heard the last on this case - Atiku will be heading to the Supreme Court. I am beginning to see why Ogebe was suddenly elevated to the Supreme Court - he will either hear the case there or be part of the team
If Yar`Adua loses, I will be very disappointed with our judiciary's insensitivity and inability to guage the mood of the nation.
Nigeria tribunal upholds '07 presidential election
Tue 26 Feb 2008, 12:24 GMT
[-] Text [+] ABUJA, Feb 26 (Reuters) - A Nigerian tribunal upheld the election of President Umaru Yar'Adua on Tuesday, rejecting challenges from his two closest rivals who alleged widespread vote-rigging.
The challengers have the right to appeal to the Supreme Court and are likely to do so, meaning the legal battle over the leadership of Africa's most populous nation and top oil producer could last several more months. (Reporting by Estelle Shirbon, Tume Ahemba and Camillus Eboh)
Yar Adua will remain, majority of the masses want him to if only to retain the stability. No one wants to got the way of Kenya and in addition, neither buhari nor atiku would make a better choice. All these politicians are out for is self interest period.
i do be crazy if i say i had not known the outcome of the election tribunal....na real waste of time heading to supreme court...yar'adua is there to stay..unless say naija people start bloody revolution nothing go happen..status quo ad infinitum continuum..au revoir.
This is not about Atiku or Buhari, it is about doing things the proper way. Do you want to tell me that UMYA won the elction without massive rigging and declaration of results before the election??The very fear of instability is what is holding us hostage in Nigeria. tell me who will start the instability. Nigeria has gone through alot and can never degenerate into KENYA. our vested interest in the country is too interwoven. In my own view, UMYA will trash both Atiku and Buhari in a free and fair election, so what is it that UMYA is afraid of?. It will give his government legitimacy and also open a fresh book in the annals of the country. It will also signal that it is no more business as usual. I can bet you on this, the Supreme court will do justice to the case.
Just as an offnote, i prefer it go to the appeal court so that when UMYA id kicked out, David mark will not be anywhere to even act for a second.
Good judgement! At least, now Okey Ndibe and the rest of us recalcitrant people can begin to address Yar'Adua as President. We do not want crisis in Nigeria for sure, which is why I have been advocating a simpler formula for "electing" Nigeria's rulers (not leaders necessarily). As it is, nothing is going to change, 3.5 years down the line, we will have another sham(e), and we will agree to move forward so that Nigeria does not die. The only problem is that death is some times better than coma, which is why family members some times decide to pull the plugs on the life support system. Nigeria is in a coma and will remain in a coma. Let's assume that neither Buhari nor Atiku is better than Yar'Adua. I think the most important thing is for Nigerians to be able vote out non-performing leaders. Right now and since time immemorial, we have not been able to do this, and tolerating strange elections will not help us get there.
It will get more interesting if Yar'Adua can keep Maurice Iwu as head of INEC. In 2011, we will not be able to find a name for what Iwu will do.
Osibi, I agree with the first sentence and premise of your post. Things SHOULD be done in the right way. There was definitely rigging in the last elections but was it enough for the tribunal to annul the elections? Me thinks not, after all it is only about 7 state gubernatorial elections that have been overthrown and even less than that for fresh elections called for. If you think Nigeria cannot degenerate into instability, then I think you are not being real. There is already small pockets of instability and violence all around the country and you think one of these selfish politicians might not exarcebate it with ulterior motives? If you believe that UMYA will thrash the rest come fresh polls, then what is the need of another waste of revenue for what might end up being more of the same sham? The illegitimacy of his government is one most Nigerians can live with either by ignoring it or by accepting it and moving on. I am of the opinion that we could have done much better than the Baba go slow but well, the rest of his opponents just have to get with the program. As for the SC doing justice to the case when it gets to them, I will prefer to keep my fingers crossed.
Court upholds Yar`Adua electoral victory
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