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Metuh arrives court in wheelchair, insists on being treated abroad

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Olisa Metuh, former national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), appeared in court on a wheelchair on Wednesday, demanding that his international passport be released to enable him travel overseas for medical treatment.

Metuh said this on Wednesday at the resumption of his trial at the federal high court in Abuja.

This is the third time Metuh would ask the court to release his passport for him to seek medical attention abroad.

At the resumed hearing, Okon Abang, the judge, granted Metuh’s counsel, Emeka Etiaba, a senior advocate of Nigeria, permission to move the application.

Abang had earlier refused another application seeking permission for Metuh to be absent from the proceedings based on his health.

Etiaba noted that his client did not appeal against the two previous applications, which were refused by the court but added that this was a new and different application.

“It is instructive to note that the facts now are different from the facts relied on in the previous application,” he said.

“He (Metuh) has lost sensation in his lower leg, this never happened before so this reinforces the fact that the circumstances of this application are different.”

According to Etiaba, the exercise of discretion is always based on the material made available to the court and the rulings on the last two applications were based on material made available to the court at that time.

He said that his client, by the fresh application, was presenting a new case before the court in line with the new fact that had emerged and prayed the court to consider the application.

He continued, “It is not a case where the court will be viewed as being ‘functus officio’ as the new application does not seek to re-open the previous applications, which were determined based on circumstances different from this one.”

While speaking on the issue that the court had said it would not entertain a medical report from any doctor in Nigeria with regards to Metuh’s case, Etiaba said that they were relying on a letter from a neurosurgeon in the UK.

In the opposing argument, Sylvanus Tahir, the prosecutor, prayed the court to dismiss the application on grounds that it lacked merit and was an abuse of court process.

Tahir said, “The latest application, being the third in the series, is an abuse of court process as the court has refused similar applications twice.

According to him, the only thing different about the latest application is the timing because the circumstance, which is the release of international passport on the grounds of ill health remains the same.

The prosecutor noted that there was also no medical report from a foreign doctor attached to the application.

g adjourned the matter till March 15.

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‘This is daylight robbery’ — PDP asks INEC to declare Adeleke winner of Osun poll

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the declaration of the Osun state governorship election as inconclusive.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared the election inconclusive, saying the requirement for a winner to emerge on first ballot was not met.

Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), polled majority vote of 254,698 while Isiaka Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) followed with 254,345 votes, leaving a difference of 353.

Joseph Afuwape, INEC’s returning officer, had said since the total number of cancelled votes, 3,498, exceeded the difference between the two leading parties (353), it was impossible for any party to be declared as winner.

But Kola Ologbondiyan, national publicity secretary of the PDP, described the declaration as a “sordid robbery of the franchise of the people of the state”, calling on INEC to immediately declare Adeleke the winner.

“Section 179 (2) (a)(b) of the 1999 Constitution, (as amended), is clear and very unambiguous in spelling out the conditions for returning a candidate to the office of governor of a state,” he said in a statement.

“This section states inter-alia, ‘A candidate for an election to the office of Governor of a State shall be deemed to have been duly elected where, there being two or more candidates – (a) he has the highest number of votes cast at the election; and (b) he has not less than one-quarter of all the votes cast in each of at least two-thirds of all the local government areas in the State.

“It is obvious that having failed in their schemes to alter the final results due to the resistance of the people, the APC had to bear pressure on INEC to declare the election inconclusive so as to pave way for the perfection of their manipulative schemes, which the people of Osun state have firmly resisted so far.

“Instead of yielding to the evil machination of the APC, INEC should have summoned the patriotic courage to immune itself and end this needless controversy by returning the PDP and declare our candidate as the winner.

“It is instructive to state that the PDP will no longer accept inconclusive elections as subterfuge by the APC attain its dubious electoral manipulative schemes in our nation.

“The people of Osun state and the entire nation are already aware that the PDP won this election. They have the authentic figures from the polling units and know the candidate the voters prefer.”

The party said it would not hesitate to use any means available to resist the rigging of the election result.

“The people by their votes, have overwhelmingly declared for our candidate and we are not ready to accept any attempt by anybody to use any means whatsoever to steal our mandate freely given by the people.

“The PDP is for peace, but we will not hesitate to use every force available in a democracy to face any attempt to subvert the will of the people or rig us out in this election.

“The PDP therefore charges the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to avoid the fury of the people by immediately reversing this fraudulent decision of the Resident Electoral Commissioner and declaring our candidate the winner of the election.”

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BREAKING: INEC declares Osun election inconclusive

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  The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the Osun state governorship election inconclusive. Joseph Afuwape, the returning officer, announced this at the head office of the commission in Osogbo, the state capital. He said the margin between Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Isiaka Oyetola, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was not significant enough to declare a winner. The PDP candidate polled 254,698 votes while the APC flagbearer had 254,345, leaving a gap of 353 votes. Afuwape said the date for a rerun would be announced in due time. More to follow…

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Adeleke leads as INEC commences announcement of Osun poll

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INEC has commenced announcement of results from the Osun governorship election » .

The Osun governorship » election was a race between Ademola Adeleke of the PDP, Moshood Adeoti of the ADP, Gboyega Oyetola of the APC,

Iyiola Omisore of the SDP and Fatai Akinbade of ADC.

Incumbent Governor Rauf Aregbesola was backing Gboyega Oyetola, his former Chief of Staff, to succeed him.

Here are the results of the Osun election » by local governments, from the various returning officers in the local governments in the State.

From the results, the PDP’s Adeleke is leading in 10 » of 30 Local Governments announced.

GREENPARROT will keep updating the results as INEC announces them.

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