The Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Ibadan the Oyo State capital, on Monday, upheld the election of Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as governor of the state.
The tribunal dismissed the petition of Adebayo Adelabu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the March 9, governorship election challenging the victory of Makinde in the poll.
News Agency of Nigeria reports in a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Sirajo Muhammed, held that the petitioners, Chief Bayo Adelabu and the APC, failed to prove their allegation beyond a reasonable doubt.
The tribunal also awarded N200,000 each to Makinde, PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC).
Adelabu had in the petition alleged corrupt practices, over voting, improper accreditation, inaccurate ballot counting and non-compliance with the 2010 electoral act as amended against Makinde and the PDP.
Sirajo had said that in the course of the hearing that 4,164 exhibits were tendered by the petitioner.
INEC had announced Makinde as the winner of the March 9, governorship election in Oyo State.
The petitioners had filed a petition challenging the declaration of Makinde by INEC as the winner of the election.
They prayed the tribunal to declare Adelabu the winner of the election having scored the highest number of lawful votes or nullify the election and order a rerun.
Meanwhile, one of the counsel to Adelabu, Akin Oladeji had noted on behalf of lead Counsel, that they would study the full judgment to know their next line of action after discussing with the gubernatorial candidate, Chief Adebayo Adelabu.
“Until we study the full judgment, then, we will know the next line of action.
“This judgment has just been delivered, and we need to look at everything which the court has decided upon and see whether to take it further,” he said.
Covid-19: Cases in Oyo firm, iSON Xperiences, rise to 151
The Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force has confirmed two more COVID-19 cases from iSON Xperiences and one case each from Ibadan South West and Egbeda Local Government Areas of the state.
Governor Seyi Makinde, who made the disclosure via his verified Twitter handle, on Tuesday, said the total number of confirmed cases in Oyo State had risen to 244.
The number of cases from iSON Xperiences is 151.
The governor wrote,
“The COVID-19 confirmation tests for four suspected cases came back positive. Two are from iSON Xperiences and one case each from Ibadan South West and Egbeda local government council areas.
“The total number of confirmed cases in Oyo State is 244.
“Please call the Emergency Operations Centre if you have any COVID-19 symptoms such as cough, fever, tiredness, body ache and shortness of breath.”
Expect delays, long hours of checks, re-checks, FAAN warns ahead of airports reopening
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said it has put in place arrangements on passenger facilitation, ahead of the resumption of flights.
The General Manager Corporate Affairs of FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu, stated this while speaking at an aviation webinar organised by Women in Aviation (WIA) Nigeria with the theme: “Aviation: The New Norm in the post-COVID-19.”
Yakubu warned passengers to expect delays and long hours of checks and re-checks from when they arrive at the airport until they depart.
She said noted escorts of VIPs would no longer be allowed to follow their principals into the terminal.
“We are going to expect flight delays, flights will experience delays from checks and re-checks. If you are travelling, I will expect a potential traveller to leave home hours before his flight. Why do I say this?
“Because there is going to be a lot of checks in the front of the terminal we have been told that some may activities and procedures will take place in front of the terminal. So air travellers are expected to leave home very early so that they can get to the airport on time,” Yakubu said.
COVID-19: Bauchi records two new deaths, discharges 37
The Bauchi State Ministry of Health has announced the deaths of two people due to coronavirus [COVID-19]-related complications.
The ministry also said 37 people were discharged after treatment for the disease.
WuzupNigeria reports that the development was revealed in a statement on Tuesday night.
This brings the total number of deaths in Bauchi State to seven since March 24th when the first index case was recorded in the state.
Meanwhile, 37 more patients who have recovered after testing negative twice for the coronavirus have been discharged.
So far, the total number of discharged patients in the state has risen to 201.
The total number of confirmed cases in the state so far stands at 232.
The statement reads:
“37 discharges have been made with zero cases for two consecutive days in the state but unfortunately we recorded 2 deaths.
“At the moment, only 24 patients are on the hospital’s admission as of today 26th May 2020. The only patient is in severe condition has recovered and is getting better, where the entire case fatality rate stood at 3.0%.”
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