FEATURE ARTICLE

Friday, May 31, 2019
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ATIKU VS. BUHARI: AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE NIGERIAN JUDICIARY TO SORT ITSELF OUT (CONCLUSION)

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Remove me as chairman and I will tell Nigerians how 2019 elections was rigged in favor of APC (Adams Oshiomole)

I know the Tribunal will declare me winner and we are going to chase out the election robbers sitting on a stolen mandate (Atiku Abubakar)

When people can get away with crimes just because they are wealthy or have the right connections, the scales are tipped against fairness and equality. The weight of corruption then becomes so heavy that it creates a dent that forces the world to become slanted, so much so — that justice just slips off (Suzy Kassem)

agree with the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah, who while saying that Nigeria is one of the most dangerous countries in the world to live in, also lamented that quacks have taken over every institution in the country, including the country’s political space. As of now, quacks have really taken over the Nigerian Judiciary; otherwise, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad, and other judicial officers, wouldn't have had a private dinner with President Muhammadu Buhari inside the Aso Rock.

A human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, said that the act was in contravention of the Code of Conduct for judicial officers. He said it was not morally right for Buhari to host judges to social events when an election petition is pending against him. Effiong added that Justice Muhammad, who will most likely handle the election petition against Buhari, have now left room for doubts. According to him, Rule 1 of the Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2016 states that judges must avoid gatherings that could appear to the public that they have been compromised. Hear him:

"Rule 1.4 states: 'The Judge must be sensitive to the need to avoid contacts that may lead people to speculate that there is a special relationship between him and someone who the judge may be tempted to favor in some way in the course of his judicial duties'.

"1.5 states: 'A judicial officer must avoid social relationships that are improper or may give rise to an appearance of impropriety or that may cast doubt on the ability of a judicial officer to decide cases impartially.'"

It will be a miracle if the Nigerian judiciary retrieves the stolen mandate. Anyway, miracles do happen sometimes. I'm remaining optimistic by sheer determination. The judiciary should know that the world is watching, and the Nigerian people are waiting. I hope, just as Mr. Sowunmi said, the Nigerian judiciary is going to do what is professionally expected of them. We hope and pray that the court is immune from the cankerworm that is nepotism, corruption and lack of integrity that has eaten into the other fibres of the society. It is up to the court to demonstrate that.

Nigerians are waiting for the Tribunal/Courts’ ruling on these issues:

1)

Atiku, through his lawyers, did tell the Tribunal that most of the schools Buhari claims to have attended weren't in existence then, meaning that Buhari attended fake and nonexistent schools.

Dr. Femi Aribisala wrote:

“Buhari swore on oath and delivered affidavit to INEC claiming he attended Elementary School Daura and Mai Aduaa between 1948 and 1952. Now, Atiku informs the court that those schools were not in existence between 1948 and 1952 and therefore Muhammadu Buhari could not have attended either school.

That’s a serious charge sounding in perjury punishable by 14 years imprisonment under the Penal Code, besides being punishable under the 1999 Constitution, if proved, by immediate disqualification with consequent voiding of all votes cast for Muhammadu Buhari at last February presidential election, because a disqualified candidate is not entitled to be credited with any vote.

Ditto, Muhammadu Buhari swore on oath that he attended Middle School Katsina between 1953 and 1956. But now Atiku deposes on court papers at the Election Tribunal that the middle school was also not in existence as at 1953 and up till 1956. This charge squarely makes out a case of serial forgery, if proved by archival materials in the possession of Atiku.

Finally, Buhari swore on oath he attended Katsina Provincial College between 1956 and 1961, which Atiku disclaims by asserting contrarily that the Katsina Provincial College was not built, founded, operational or even in existence between 1956 and 1961.

If Atiku proves this serial fraud with conclusive evidence, Muhammadu Buhari will have no answer in rebuttal than throw in the towel, as has happened, without Buhari filing any defense whatsoever; or even any denial or rebuttal arguments in court”.

2)

The magnitude of the heist INEC committed against Nigerians is getting clearer to all; as such that even a child now knows that the elections were brazenly rigged. The evidence at Atiku's disposal is overwhelming. INEC claimed that “it didn't do electronic transmission or collation of results", but it still accused Atiku of hacking into its Server. How can we reconcile this? If there was no information in the Server, why then accuse Atiku of hacking into it? And still, some presiding officers in Borno State have gone to the Tribunal to contradict that assertion of no electronic transmission of data, saying that they transmitted results to INEC server as directed.

The Nigerian Pilot reports that about 13 Presiding Officers (POs) in Borno and Yobe States have told the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja that they transmitted the results of the February 23 Presidential election in their various units and wards to the official server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The POs, in their respective Witness Statement of Oath in support of the petition filed by the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, challenging the election of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress (APC), stated that the election body had, during their training, instructed them on how to transmit the results to its server.

The submission of the POs was to lay credence to the petition of Atiku and PDP, wherein they alleged that the INEC pulled down the official results from its server and consequently replaced it with a doctored one to favor President Buhari. The position of the POs, however, contradicted the submission of INEC who had stated in its reply to the petition that results were not sent to its server.

Alex Obi-Osuala wrote: "This server revelation was never contemplated in the rigging plan of the APC. It is a joker that has sent blood running into the spine of the actors including the INEC CEO. Even Festus Keyamo, the campaign spokesman of APC, has no tangible defense to this, his own response was "They (PDP) smuggled the information into the INEC SERVER" In this instance, he seems to have also become the defense lawyer to INEC, and maybe INEC co-opted him to stand-in for them (Isn't it funny?). If INEC has an iota of an idea that their server could be hacked, to provide the real result of the election, they wouldn't have used the server or probably would have disabled it.

The Government is jittery. Their actors are jittery. If ours is a country that adheres strictly to the rule of law and impartiality of the judicial systems, the sitting judge will direct for a thorough investigation by IT experts (Both local and foreign) to authenticate Atiku's server presentation, if confirmed, give favorable judgment to Atiku/PDP. And those who fabricated the declared fake result jailed. Let watch and see as the drama keep unfolding."

Buhari has been inaugurated for a second term based on a stolen mandate, and amid intense insecurity and economic uncertainty in the country. It was a lacklustre inauguration. CNN reports that more than 87 million Nigerians now live in poverty, which is the highest number of impoverished people in any country in the world, overtaking India which was in the top spot in 2018, according to The Brookings Institution. I can't find the right words to describe my feeling, so, I will let Prof. Farooq Kperogi mirror my own opinion here too:

"Today, May 29, Nigeria will inaugurate an illegitimate president who unashamedly stole someone else’s electoral mandate in broad daylight. Buhari (whom most people now call “Buharig” because of the unprecedentedly crude electoral heist he perpetrated in February) and the cabal of corrupt, clueless, and unconscionable provincials who rule on his behalf instructed their minions to rig the last presidential election because they knew Buhari had not a snowball’s chance in hell of winning the election.

In spite of their rigging, however, Buhari still came up short. He lost to Atiku by nearly 2 million votes from their own rigged figures. So he ordered INEC to invent arbitrary figures and proclaim him the winner. And degenerate, unprincipled, and morally compromised Mahmood Yakubu, who has gone down in the annals as the absolute worst and most detestable INEC chairman Nigeria has ever had, obliged dutifully. That’s why nearly three months after the election, INEC has not had the courage to share the raw data of the election with the public. It’s because the numbers don't add up. They’re still frantically fudging the figures to justify the fraudulent figures they assigned to presidential candidates.

To be sure, this isn’t the first time elections were rigged in Nigeria. In fact, all previous elections have been rigged. Nevertheless, in past rigged presidential elections, the winners would still have won even if the elections were free and fair. It was overzealousness and the absence of restraining mechanisms against electoral manipulation that enabled their rigging. Buhari’s electoral theft is the first time since 1999 that a presidential candidate who lost an election by a massive margin has been declared the winner.

From today, I’ll stop to call Buhari Nigeria’s president because he is NOT. He is a shameless mandate thief, a fascistic geriatric conman. Because he lacks legitimacy to rule again, expect the official inauguration of fascist totalitarianism in the coming days, weeks, months, and years. This is by far the darkest period in the history of Nigeria's democracy.

I commiserate with Nigerians who are witnessing the brutal annihilation of the faintest vestiges of democracy in their country by an inept, illegitimate fraud who is held hostage by an irreversible mental and cognitive decline as evidenced, yet again, in the tediously rambling disaster of an interview he gave yesterday where he couldn’t tell Nigerians who he is".

To end this piece: I will say that Buhari and his government have corrupted our election, assaulted our democracy, violated our sovereignty and security, and Nigerians are not doing anything serious about all these infringements. Nigerians should know that each of us has a vital role to play as citizens. A crime has been committed against all Nigerians, and we all should rise up to demand action and accountability. For now, the judiciary is our last hope, and if to borrow words from WP, now, it’s up to it, the judiciary, to prove the wisdom of our Constitution, the resilience of our democracy and the strength of our nation. Let the Judiciary prove its independence by retrieving the stolen mandate.

Read more:

https://opinion.premiumtimesng.com/2019/05/28/who-is-afraid-of-atiku-abubakar-by-femi-aribisala/

https://africa24hrs.com/the-courts-must-declare-atiku-abubakar-president-of-nigeria-1-by-femi-aribisala/

https://topnaijaplus.com/this-is-what-atiku-and-pdp-are-doing-that-has-got-buhari-and-his-team-scared/ (written before Justice Bulkachuwa recused herself)

TIT BITS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymuWb8xtCsc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ro8-ngA8gs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8gUnqWrK38

THE THANX IS ALL YOURS!!!

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