The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal has dismissed the request of the Peoples Democratic (PDP) and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to have access to the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
A five-man panel of the tribunal in a unanimous decision turned down the request, saying issues have been joined by parties on the existence or otherwise of the server.
The judges, therefore, decided that the tribunal cannot delve into those issues at the interlocutory stage.
Recall that Atiku is contesting the reelection of president Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 23 election.
Atiku had claimed that INEC server had shown him winning the election with a difference of over one million votes, but the electoral body had denied the existence of any central server.
According to the commission, money was not released for the server budgeted for and the amended electoral act that includes digital transmission of the election result was not signed by the president with reasons that it was too close to the election period.
INEC had defended itself that no central server existed and this was corroborated by its former chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega after rumours went round that he claimed a server exists, which he had vehemently denied.
JUST IN: 3 Soldiers and Colonel Died In A Boko Haram Ambush -Army
The Nigerian Army has verified the murder of an Army Colonel and a Captain in an attack on the border of nations of Borno / Yobe by Boko Haram rebels.
In a message, the Deputy Director of Army Public affairs, in control of the northeastern 212 Battalion, Col Ado Isa said the accident occurred when the soldiers were in hot pursuit of terrorist groups who came to assault a military base.
He said the ambush also murdered three troops, while the defense minister, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, exchanged words with the fallen heroes ‘ relatives.
The Army General said:
“Troops of 212 Battalion deployed at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Jakana, on Wednesday 17Th July 2019 dealt with and neutralised unconfirmed number of Boko Haram/ISWAP Terrorists when they woefully attempted to infiltrate their base in dire need for logistics.
“The terrorists came at about 1845 hours in 7 Gun Trucks and fought fiercely to infiltrate the camp, but the attack was thwarted with heavy fire and bombardment by the gallant and patriotic troops who were vigilant and battle-ready.
“The terrorists couldn’t bear the firepower any longer after losing a significant number of both equipment and personnel in an exchange of fire.
“They lost initiative and withdrew in disarray along the Benisheikh – Damaturu axis, – abandoning a damaged utility Gun truck which was earmarked to convey looted items.
“Troops immediately followed in hot pursuit and the following items were captured:
1 x Anti Aircraft Gun
2 x Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) Tubes
2 x AK 47 Rifles
15 x Machine Gun rounds
“Sadly, a Colonel and a Captain, as well as 3 soldiers on transit from Maiduguri to Damaturu, run into an ambush staged by the routed/fleeing terrorists from the Jakana axis which led to their unfortunate death.
“The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai while commiserating with the families of the fallen heroes reiterated that “Personnel of the Nigerian Army will never be deterred in the ongoing noble and patriotic fight against terrorism and insurgency in the North East”.
“He further commended the efforts of the entire troops in the theatre and charged them to remain focus, highly committed and professional in the discharge of their constitutional roles.
“The sacrifices of the fallen heroes in the ongoing fight against terrorism and insurgency is no doubt painful to all, but that will further spur us to do more to ensure that our country remains secured, peaceful and free from terrorist activities for the overall interest of the nation.”
BREAKING: Ighalo’s strike wins Bronze for Super Eagles
The Super Eagles of Nigeria has won a bronze medal at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt after beating the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia by 1-0.
Nigeria won their Tunisian counterpart via a third-minute strike by Odion Ighalo.
This is Nigeria’s 8th bronze medal in the competition they had participated in 18th time and they had entered the semi-final 15 times.
— CAF (@CAF_Online) July 17, 2019
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