Today’s Headlines; INEC Goes To Court Over BVAS Re- Configuration; Wike, PDP To Know Fate On May 31


INEC goes to court over BVAS re-configuration

There are indications that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, will approach the Court of Appeal seeking to set aside its earlier ruling concerning the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS.

A senior official of the commission, who did not want his name mentioned, informed Daily Trust about the development over the weekend in Abuja.

Source: Daily Post Nigeria

Recall that the Labour Party, LP, presidential candidate, Peter Obi, and his counterpart in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, had sought and obtained an order from the Court of Appeal to inspect election materials used by the INEC.

However, with the gubernatorial election slated for Saturday, the electoral body intends to ask the court to set aside the order so it can reconfigure the BVAS before the election.

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Alleged planned suspension: Wike, PDP to know fate May 31

A Federal High Court, Abuja has fixed May 31 for judgment in a suit filed by Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers praying for an order to restrain the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from expelling him from the party.

Justice James Omotosho fixed the date on Monday after counsel to the governor, Dr Joshua Musa, SAN, and lawyer to the PDP, Johnson Usman, SAN, adopted their processes and presented their arguments for and against the suit.

Source: Daily Post Nigeria

NAN reports that Wike had sued the PDP, its National Working Committee (NWC) and National Executive Committee (NEC) as 1st to 3rd respondents respectively.

The governor, in the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/139/2023, also joined the National Chairman of PDP, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu; National Secretary of PDP, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as 4th to 6th respondents respectively.

JUST IN: INEC asks tribunal to vary inspection order granted Atiku, Obi

The Independent National Electoral Commission has urged the Presidential Election Petition Court to vary the orders that were granted to the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party and Labour Party, Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi respectively, to inspect materials used for the last presidential election.

Source: Punch paper

INEC, in a motion on notice filed on March 4, is praying the court to vary the order which restrained it from tampering with materials used for the election.

The commission said it needed to reconfigure the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System for the next round of elections.

Gov election: No talks between Lagos PDP, LP –Spokesperson

The Lagos State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has said it is not officially talking with the Labour Party for any possible alliance ahead of Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections.

The Lagos PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr Hakeem Amode, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.

Source: Punch paper

Amode said that it was imperative to debunk claims by the Labour Party Candidate, Mr Gbadebo Rhodes -Vivour that he was talking with “the real owners of PDP structure in Lagos State”.

He said that the statement credited to Rhodes -Vivour came as a disrespect to PDP, saying no one could lay claims to the ownership structure of the PDP.

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