The Nigerian newspapers review for Monday, March 19, focuses on the political uncertainty that has enveloped some states where elections were declared inconclusive.
Reports have emerged that the PDP and the APC have resorted to awarding cash and other gifts to buy support in Kano, Plateau, Benue, Adamawa and Sokoto states, where supplementary elections will be conducted on Saturday, March 23.
The Punch reports that in Sokoto state, some voters said that they had been approached with cash and gift items by the PDP, but the party has denied engaging in such conduct.
Both parties are involved in vote-buying. They have invaded our neighbourhood and going from house to house, tempting us with cash,” a source said.
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“The situation is worse in the rural areas, where agents of the two leading parties try to outsmart one another by obtaining eligible voters’ Permanent Voter Cards with a down payment and a promise to give them additional money when the card is returned.
“They are planning to return the cards on the eve of the election and once you vote for them, you will be given your balance."
Meanwhile, the inconclusive governorship elections Kano, Benue and Bauchi has created political uncertainty in the affected states.
The Nation reports that INEC has scheduled a supplementary poll for the Nasarawa local government area of Kano state to decide who wins the election.
Speaking on the issue, the Bauchi state governor, Mohammed Abubakar, when he visited the President Buhari accused the electoral commission of introducing an unknown procedure into the electoral process.
“I briefed him on the issues surrounding the inconclusive elections. The Returning Officer for Bauchi State, at the end of collation, rejected the result of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area and then 36 other units spread across 15 local government areas of the state and ordered a rerun, Governor Abubakar said.
“Surprisingly, we woke up one morning and the independent electoral commission came up with a procedure that is not known to law."
“Because, where a Returning Officer has declared the result, only an election petition tribunal can reverse the result. But INEC is attempting to reverse itself in the case of Bauchi. And when one juxtaposes that of Bauchi and other states with inconclusive elections, one wonders why that is happening only in Bauchi State.
“So, for that reason, there is a need for me to come and brief Mr. President because that has the potential of touching on the security of the state and it is paramount we …”
Meanwhile the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has asked an election tribunal to declare him winner of the 2019 election.
This Day reports that Atiku is alleging that there was alleged massive rigging, malpractice and non-compliance with the electoral laws in the poll that saw Buhari emerge winner.
The Newspaper said the PDP national legal adviser, Emmanuel Enoidem, disclosed that over 400 witnesses have been assembled from all over the country to testify during the hearing of the petition
Vanguard reports that a member of the legal team, Ozekhome, SAN, told journalists he believed they will win the case in court.
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“Our petition is quite solid, very strong and unassailable. We believe that by the grace of God, the original winner will regain his mandate," Ozekhome said.
Meanwhile, the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad has said that President Muhammadu Buhari does not require the permission of the National Judicial Council (NJC) to appoint as CJN.
The Guardian reports that Justice Muhammad made the statement in reply to a petition by a group, Centre for Justice and Peace Initiative, which asked the NJC to strip him of his role as a justice of the Supreme Court for accepting the position of acting CJN without the council’s nod.
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