Following rumors about a second ballot in the presidential election in 2023, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has rejected the claim and labeled it as fake news.
Julius Abure, the National Chairman of the Labour Party, recently urged millions of Labour Party members and supporters to be on the lookout for a possible rerun of the presidential election presently underway….[Continue Reading]
In a statement by the acting National Publicity Secretary of the party, Obiora Ifoh, Abure said he was reliably “informed of the plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government to work ahead of a possible rerun, knowing that the tide of the wind is heavily tilted against it.”
In an exclusive interview with Signature TV, Commissioner for Information and Voter Education Fetus Okoye stated that the commission has no plans for a rerun election and instead urges Nigerians to have faith in the judiciary.
He said “Nobody is preparing for any possible rerun election or bye-election as of today in relation to the presidential election.
I think is just empty speculations and the commission is not preparing for any election as of today because we cannot preempt the court of appeal”.
Okoye also stated that certain other political parties and their candidates were dissatisfied with the election results and exercised their right under Section 285 of the 1999 constitution to petition the Presidential Election Court, which serves as the Court of Appeal.
“Under Section 239 of the constitution, the Court of Appeal serves as the court of first instance in presidential election petitions as it has original and exclusive jurisdiction to determine if the person is validly elected as the president of Nigeria or not.
“Now the presidential election petition tribunal is still sitting because under section 285 the court has 180 days to conclude its siting and delivered judgment. After delivering judgment, if any of the party is not satisfied, it has 21 days to appeal to approach the Supreme Court for adjudication as the Supreme Court has a total of 60 days within to hear the petition and deliver the judgment” he added.
He stated that in order to avoid a problem, Nigerians have the right to credible information that will enhance the voting process rather than information that will undermine Nigerian institutions….[Continue Reading]