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How Nigeria's Electoral body INEC, it's Lawyer Emeka Ozoani Forged Documents To Push Out Omoyele Sowore As @AACparty Chairman

How Nigeria's Electoral body INEC, it's Lawyer Emeka Ozoani Forged Documents To Push Out Omoyele Sowore As @AACparty Chairman

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The Nigeria's Electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) and one of its lawyers, Emeka Ozoani forged different court documents to get a judgement against African Action Congress (AAC) presidential candidate in the 2019 election, Omoyele Sowore, SaharaReporters reported on Monday.

Omoyele Sowore had said ahead of the #OCCUPYINEC which was organised on Monday by the party members and leaders nationwide that the Electoral umpire has been completely compromised. It was and still working as an appendage of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and People's Democratic Party depending on the highest bidder.


A Federal High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja had in 2019 removed Sowore as the National Chairman of the AAC. The high court judge, Inyang Ekwo also validated the removal of Malcolm Fabiyi as the Deputy National Chairman of the party.



According to the report by SaharaReporters, lawyy Ozoani known in some quarters for doing dirty jobs for INEC, packaged a fake litigant to obtain the judgement for one Hon Bago. “He forged documents used to get a fraudulent judgment from Justice Ekwo against Omoyele Sowore of the AAC.


"The same Ozoani was rewarded with SAN (Senior Advocate of Nigeria) while he was litigating to take away AAC from Sowore. INEC has now become a ridiculous umpire in the conduct of elections. INEC chairman, commissioners have all become tools in the hands of Buhari and his party, All Progressives Congress,” an INEC staff member familiar with the case told SaharaReporters.


The report also revealed that Ozoani is currently enmeshed in another scandal after being exposed by some deregistered political parties for using fake court records in pursuing an appeal for INEC at the Supreme Court.



According to another Online news portal PREMIUM TIMES, the fake court records surfaced in the appeal filed by INEC at the Supreme Court to challenge the August 10, 2020 judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, ordering the relisting of 23 political parties earlier deregistered by the electoral body.


The rules require an intending appellant to file a notice of appeal and compile the records of the lower court and have them transmitted to the higher court within three months of the delivery of the judgment to be challenged.


INEC had filed a notice of appeal against the August 10, 2020 judgment of the Court of Appeal, but the records it claimed to have compiled and transmitted to the Supreme Court to set the stage for the hearing of its case by the apex court, have been exposed by the respondents to be fraudulent.


From the court documents seen by the newspaper, INEC, which admitted that an impostor truly signed its transmitted records, is now scrambling to be granted an extension of time to compile and transmit fresh records from the Court of Appeal to the apex court.


Not pleased with the Appeal Court’s ruling, the electoral body filed a notice of appeal in the Supreme Court, challenging the verdict.


But curious about the records transmitted by INEC in pursuing the appeal, the law firm of the legal icon, Afe Babalola, which is defending one of the respondents, the Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD), had written to the Court of Appeal authorities on December 10, 2020, alleging that an impostor of the court official signed the records purportedly transmitted by the electoral body.


The Court of Appeal, in a letter dated December 21, 2020, confirmed that Hassan Binta, who signed the record of appeal transmitted by INEC, was not known to the court.


“The record of appeal and the supplementary record of appeal were not compiled and transmitted by the registry of this court.


“The Registrar in the person of Hassan Binta, who is said to have signed the record of Appeal and the Supplementary record is not a staff (member) of this court,” the Head, Litigation Department of the Court of Appeal, Sehriffat Adebayo, stated in the December 21, 2020 reply to the letter by Mr Babalola’s law firm.


Following the Court of Appeal’s confirmation, the law firm, through one of its lawyers, Funmilayo Longe, sent a letter dated January 14, 2021, to the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, expressing shock about the development and demanding an investigation.


A copy of the letter entitled ‘Request For Clarification On The Transmission of Records of Appeal’.


It reads, in part, “To our chagrin, the Court of Appeal vide their letter December 21, 2020 informed us that even though the notice of appeal was filed in the registry of the Court of Appeal, the record of appeal was not compiled and transmitted by the lower court’s registry and the registrar in the person of Hassan Binta, who signed the records of appeal is not a staff (member) of the Court of Appeal. (A copy of the aforementioned letter written by the Court of Appeal is herewith attached).


“In the light of the above facts, we hereby request that investigation be carried out regarding the transmission of records in this appeal.”


INEC has however admitted that a court official’s impostor signed its record of appeal but failed to offer any explanation about how it happened.


The electoral body is now scrambling to be allowed to compile a fresh record of appeal.


It filed an application before the Supreme Court on January 25, 2021, seeking leave and an extension of time to compile and transmit the fresh records.


The commission, in an affidavit filed in support of the application, stated that it sought to compile and transmit fresh record after it was only informed of the fraud in the previous records by Babalola’s law firm.



Sources: Sahara Reporters & Premium Times

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The Nigeria's Electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) and one of its lawyers, Emeka Ozoani forged different court documents to get a judgement against African Action Congress (AAC) presidential candidate in the 2019 election, Omoyele Sowore, SaharaReporters reported on Monday.

Omoyele Sowore had said ahead of the #OCCUPYINEC which was organised on Monday by the party members and leaders nationwide that the Electoral umpire has been completely compromised. It was and still working as an appendage of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and People's Democratic Party depending on the highest bidder.


A Federal High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja had in 2019 removed Sowore as the National Chairman of the AAC. The high court judge, Inyang Ekwo also validated the removal of Malcolm Fabiyi as the Deputy National Chairman of the party.



According to the report by SaharaReporters, lawyy Ozoani known in some quarters for doing dirty jobs for INEC, packaged a fake litigant to obtain the judgement for one Hon Bago. “He forged documents used to get a fraudulent judgment from Justice Ekwo against Omoyele Sowore of the AAC.


"The same Ozoani was rewarded with SAN (Senior Advocate of Nigeria) while he was litigating to take away AAC from Sowore. INEC has now become a ridiculous umpire in the conduct of elections. INEC chairman, commissioners have all become tools in the hands of Buhari and his party, All Progressives Congress,” an INEC staff member familiar with the case told SaharaReporters.


The report also revealed that Ozoani is currently enmeshed in another scandal after being exposed by some deregistered political parties for using fake court records in pursuing an appeal for INEC at the Supreme Court.



According to another Online news portal PREMIUM TIMES, the fake court records surfaced in the appeal filed by INEC at the Supreme Court to challenge the August 10, 2020 judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, ordering the relisting of 23 political parties earlier deregistered by the electoral body.


The rules require an intending appellant to file a notice of appeal and compile the records of the lower court and have them transmitted to the higher court within three months of the delivery of the judgment to be challenged.


INEC had filed a notice of appeal against the August 10, 2020 judgment of the Court of Appeal, but the records it claimed to have compiled and transmitted to the Supreme Court to set the stage for the hearing of its case by the apex court, have been exposed by the respondents to be fraudulent.


From the court documents seen by the newspaper, INEC, which admitted that an impostor truly signed its transmitted records, is now scrambling to be granted an extension of time to compile and transmit fresh records from the Court of Appeal to the apex court.


Not pleased with the Appeal Court’s ruling, the electoral body filed a notice of appeal in the Supreme Court, challenging the verdict.


But curious about the records transmitted by INEC in pursuing the appeal, the law firm of the legal icon, Afe Babalola, which is defending one of the respondents, the Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD), had written to the Court of Appeal authorities on December 10, 2020, alleging that an impostor of the court official signed the records purportedly transmitted by the electoral body.


The Court of Appeal, in a letter dated December 21, 2020, confirmed that Hassan Binta, who signed the record of appeal transmitted by INEC, was not known to the court.


“The record of appeal and the supplementary record of appeal were not compiled and transmitted by the registry of this court.


“The Registrar in the person of Hassan Binta, who is said to have signed the record of Appeal and the Supplementary record is not a staff (member) of this court,” the Head, Litigation Department of the Court of Appeal, Sehriffat Adebayo, stated in the December 21, 2020 reply to the letter by Mr Babalola’s law firm.


Following the Court of Appeal’s confirmation, the law firm, through one of its lawyers, Funmilayo Longe, sent a letter dated January 14, 2021, to the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, expressing shock about the development and demanding an investigation.


A copy of the letter entitled ‘Request For Clarification On The Transmission of Records of Appeal’.


It reads, in part, “To our chagrin, the Court of Appeal vide their letter December 21, 2020 informed us that even though the notice of appeal was filed in the registry of the Court of Appeal, the record of appeal was not compiled and transmitted by the lower court’s registry and the registrar in the person of Hassan Binta, who signed the records of appeal is not a staff (member) of the Court of Appeal. (A copy of the aforementioned letter written by the Court of Appeal is herewith attached).


“In the light of the above facts, we hereby request that investigation be carried out regarding the transmission of records in this appeal.”


INEC has however admitted that a court official’s impostor signed its record of appeal but failed to offer any explanation about how it happened.


The electoral body is now scrambling to be allowed to compile a fresh record of appeal.


It filed an application before the Supreme Court on January 25, 2021, seeking leave and an extension of time to compile and transmit the fresh records.


The commission, in an affidavit filed in support of the application, stated that it sought to compile and transmit fresh record after it was only informed of the fraud in the previous records by Babalola’s law firm.



Sources: Sahara Reporters & Premium Times

PHOTOS: AAC #OCCUPYINEC NATIONWIDE, SAYS @YELESOWORE REMAIN THE NATIONAL CHAIR

PHOTOS: AAC #OCCUPYINEC NATIONWIDE, SAYS @YELESOWORE REMAIN THE NATIONAL CHAIR


The Africa Action Congress on Monday occupied the Offices of the Nigeria's  Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) both in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and their offices in the 36 states if the federation over what the party tagged as the Commission's sabotage roles in hijacking the part for an impostor called Leonard Ezenwa who has been working for both the Ruling APC and opposition PDP depending on the highest bidder.


INEC has been playing collaborative roles in removing the chairmen at the state levels of the part for the sponsored impostor who has factionalized the party immediately after the 2019 general election where the incumbent president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari was declared returned.


The #OCCUPYINEC protests have been reported to be visible in Abuja where the headquarters of the commission is located and many other states including Lagos, Oyo and  Osun, Kano, Benue, Edo, Delta among others.


The party under the leadership of Omoyele Sowore said the INEC is currently and completely compromised and can not conduct any free fair and credible elections.


The party delivered letters in all the INEC offices visited including Media houses as well As the human rights Offices.


AAC  members and Executives in FCT and 36 states reaffirmed @YeleSowore as the only recognized National Chairman of AAC while warning INEC against pertisanship and imposition of one Leonard Nzenwa on the party.


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The Africa Action Congress on Monday occupied the Offices of the Nigeria's  Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) both in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and their offices in the 36 states if the federation over what the party tagged as the Commission's sabotage roles in hijacking the part for an impostor called Leonard Ezenwa who has been working for both the Ruling APC and opposition PDP depending on the highest bidder.


INEC has been playing collaborative roles in removing the chairmen at the state levels of the part for the sponsored impostor who has factionalized the party immediately after the 2019 general election where the incumbent president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari was declared returned.


The #OCCUPYINEC protests have been reported to be visible in Abuja where the headquarters of the commission is located and many other states including Lagos, Oyo and  Osun, Kano, Benue, Edo, Delta among others.


The party under the leadership of Omoyele Sowore said the INEC is currently and completely compromised and can not conduct any free fair and credible elections.


The party delivered letters in all the INEC offices visited including Media houses as well As the human rights Offices.


AAC  members and Executives in FCT and 36 states reaffirmed @YeleSowore as the only recognized National Chairman of AAC while warning INEC against pertisanship and imposition of one Leonard Nzenwa on the party.


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Omoyele Sowore: INEC Completely Compromised, it can't hold a free and Fair elections

Omoyele Sowore: INEC Completely Compromised, it can't hold a free and Fair elections



As African Action Congress (AAC) under the leadership of its last presidential candidate for the 2019 general election Omoyele Sowore has scheldued it to hold a protest against INEC on what the party called working for the highest bidder.

The protest tagged #OCCUPYINEC is to be stagged on Monday 15th March 2021 in Abuja and 36 states' INEC offices across the federation.

The party has alledged that the collusion of INEC with APC/PDP sponsored Leonard Ezemwa to disorganise the Revolutionary Party with the Electoral Body been used to removing the duely elected EXCOS both at the centre and state levels have been uncovered and will not stand.

The publisher of Sahara Reporter said Nigeria's so called Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is completely compromised and that the body can't hold a free and free elections.

The Activist said INEC has become an appendage of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) depending on the highest bidder. He called on Nigerians and AAC part members to occupy the the offices of the electoral body nationwide.


@YeleSowore said @inecnigeria is completely compromised it can't hold a free and fair elections it has become an appendage of @OfficialAPCNg and @OfficialPDPNig depending on the highest bidder #occupyinec #RevolutionNow #BuhariMustGo

The Major General Muhammadu Buhari led regime has proved it times without numbers to be a lawless government without regards for rule of laws, fundamental rights of the citizens so also are the agencies of the government under his watch. Maladministration and illegality are normal with a government that order the killing of the peaceful protesters but freely negotiate with bandites and terrorists.


As African Action Congress (AAC) under the leadership of its last presidential candidate for the 2019 general election Omoyele Sowore has scheldued it to hold a protest against INEC on what the party called working for the highest bidder.

The protest tagged #OCCUPYINEC is to be stagged on Monday 15th March 2021 in Abuja and 36 states' INEC offices across the federation.

The party has alledged that the collusion of INEC with APC/PDP sponsored Leonard Ezemwa to disorganise the Revolutionary Party with the Electoral Body been used to removing the duely elected EXCOS both at the centre and state levels have been uncovered and will not stand.

The publisher of Sahara Reporter said Nigeria's so called Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is completely compromised and that the body can't hold a free and free elections.

The Activist said INEC has become an appendage of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) depending on the highest bidder. He called on Nigerians and AAC part members to occupy the the offices of the electoral body nationwide.


@YeleSowore said @inecnigeria is completely compromised it can't hold a free and fair elections it has become an appendage of @OfficialAPCNg and @OfficialPDPNig depending on the highest bidder #occupyinec #RevolutionNow #BuhariMustGo

The Major General Muhammadu Buhari led regime has proved it times without numbers to be a lawless government without regards for rule of laws, fundamental rights of the citizens so also are the agencies of the government under his watch. Maladministration and illegality are normal with a government that order the killing of the peaceful protesters but freely negotiate with bandites and terrorists.

Nigeria: Makinde not ready to conduct elections into Local government, Forwards request to Assembly for Caretakers' tenure elongation

Nigeria: Makinde not ready to conduct elections into Local government, Forwards request to Assembly for Caretakers' tenure elongation


It is becoming more clearer than ever that the Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde is not ready to conduct elections into the local governmenta in the state in any moment now even despite the constitution of an electoral umpire for the purpose.


Makinde has requested for an extension of the tenure of the sixty-eight Local Government and Local Council Development Areas Caretaker Chairmen and their members, according to a request a letter forwarded to the Oyo State House of Assembly by the Governor.


The tenure of the Caretaker Chairmen whose appointments will expire on the 19th of December, 2020 are been requested for an elongation by the governor.


Makinde's letter wants the House of Assembly to approve the extension of tenure of the Caretaker Chairmen for another three months.


The letter read in part:


 " It is my wish that the House of Assembly gives this request accelerated hearing to avoid creating a vacuum in the governance of the Local Government Councils.


The Speaker Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon Adebo Ogundoyin who read the plenary said the House will work inline with the report generated by its Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters.


Hon Ogundoyin assured that the request will be attended to by the House on Friday during its plenary.


The local government administration in Nigeria since the advent of this current democratic dispensation in 1999 has been practically ineffective as State Governors rendered useless and a channel to reward their good/loyal boys and not the people at the grassroots.


It is becoming more clearer than ever that the Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde is not ready to conduct elections into the local governmenta in the state in any moment now even despite the constitution of an electoral umpire for the purpose.


Makinde has requested for an extension of the tenure of the sixty-eight Local Government and Local Council Development Areas Caretaker Chairmen and their members, according to a request a letter forwarded to the Oyo State House of Assembly by the Governor.


The tenure of the Caretaker Chairmen whose appointments will expire on the 19th of December, 2020 are been requested for an elongation by the governor.


Makinde's letter wants the House of Assembly to approve the extension of tenure of the Caretaker Chairmen for another three months.


The letter read in part:


 " It is my wish that the House of Assembly gives this request accelerated hearing to avoid creating a vacuum in the governance of the Local Government Councils.


The Speaker Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon Adebo Ogundoyin who read the plenary said the House will work inline with the report generated by its Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters.


Hon Ogundoyin assured that the request will be attended to by the House on Friday during its plenary.


The local government administration in Nigeria since the advent of this current democratic dispensation in 1999 has been practically ineffective as State Governors rendered useless and a channel to reward their good/loyal boys and not the people at the grassroots.

Republican Steve Daines wins reelection to the U.S. Senate from Montana - AP

Republican Steve Daines wins reelection to the U.S. Senate from Montana - AP

Joni Ernst wins reelection to the U.S. Senate from Iowa


Republican Steve Daines wins reelection to the U.S. Senate from Montana, turning back a challenge from Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock. According to AP Source.


Also Republican Joni Ernst wins reelection to the U.S. Senate from Iowa, boosting her party’s chances of retaining control of the Senate.


Joni Ernst wins reelection to the U.S. Senate from Iowa


Republican Steve Daines wins reelection to the U.S. Senate from Montana, turning back a challenge from Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock. According to AP Source.


Also Republican Joni Ernst wins reelection to the U.S. Senate from Iowa, boosting her party’s chances of retaining control of the Senate.


German Merkel Says She Will Meet Belarus Opposition Leader Soon

German Merkel Says She Will Meet Belarus Opposition Leader Soon

(AFP) German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday she would hold talks with Belarus's main opposition leader, days after French President Emmanuel Macron met with her and pledged to help mediate in her country's crisis.

"I will soon meet the opposition leader Ms (Svetlana) Tikhanovskaya," Merkel told parliament, hailing the "courage" of the women demonstrating since a disputed election last month in which the opposition has claimed victory against President Alexander Lukashenko.

Merkel, who holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, said Germany did not recognise Lukashenko as the winner of the vote and that she condemned the government's violence against protesters.

"When you see the courage shown by the women who are appearing on the streets for a free life without corruption, then I can only say: I admire that and find it truly impressive," she said.

Macron spoke with Tikhanovskaya this week on a visit to Lithuania in her most high-profile meeting so far since the Belarus election.

"We will do our best as Europeans to help mediate and we will come back to OSCE mediation in order to progress," Macron said.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has offered to help broker a negotiated end to the crisis in Belarus.

Mass protests that have continued since the election have been met with a bloody crackdown and Tikhanovskaya's husband Sergei is in prison accused of trying to overthrow the government.
(AFP) German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday she would hold talks with Belarus's main opposition leader, days after French President Emmanuel Macron met with her and pledged to help mediate in her country's crisis.

"I will soon meet the opposition leader Ms (Svetlana) Tikhanovskaya," Merkel told parliament, hailing the "courage" of the women demonstrating since a disputed election last month in which the opposition has claimed victory against President Alexander Lukashenko.

Merkel, who holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, said Germany did not recognise Lukashenko as the winner of the vote and that she condemned the government's violence against protesters.

"When you see the courage shown by the women who are appearing on the streets for a free life without corruption, then I can only say: I admire that and find it truly impressive," she said.

Macron spoke with Tikhanovskaya this week on a visit to Lithuania in her most high-profile meeting so far since the Belarus election.

"We will do our best as Europeans to help mediate and we will come back to OSCE mediation in order to progress," Macron said.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has offered to help broker a negotiated end to the crisis in Belarus.

Mass protests that have continued since the election have been met with a bloody crackdown and Tikhanovskaya's husband Sergei is in prison accused of trying to overthrow the government.

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