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Tribunal grants Fayemi access to electoral materials

The Ekiti State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Ado Ekiti has granted leave to the Governor-Elect , Dr Kayode Fayemi, to inspect and obtain certified true copies of electoral materials used in the July 14 governorship poll.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress as the winner of the election.

The tribunal granted the order following a motion ex parte filed by him under section 151 of the Electoral Act , so as to prepare his defense for the petition filed against his victory by the Peoples Democratic Party’ s governorship candidate, Prof . Kolapo Olusola.

Counsel for the third respondent ( Fayemi), Mr Abayomi Aliyu (SAN ) , listed eight grounds upon which the motion ex parte was granted .

He argued that the grounds were to enable his client to prepare for necessary defense in the course of the matter.

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The chairman of the tribunal , Justice Babatunde Belgore , who reviewed all the relief sought held that the court found merit in the application and subsequently granted them in the interest of fair hearing .

The tribunal also granted Fayemi’ s prayer to allow a forensic expert to inspect all ballot papers, voter registers and other materials used for the poll.
In the over 700-page petition filed on Friday , Olusola asked the tribunal to declare him as the winner of the election “ having scored the majority of lawful votes. ”

He claimed the poll was marred by results falsification, ballot stuffing and ballot snatching .

Olusola said , “Today , I formally filed the much-expected petition against the results of the July 14 , 2018 governorship election , which was openly manipulated by political desperadoes , using instruments of the federal government.

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“ Like I have maintained, I am challenging the election results not out of desperation to be governor , but for reasons of future and posterity , and largely on behalf of the people of Ekiti, who were taken aback by the outcome of the election .

“ Without a doubt, the will of the people was subverted by those who have chosen to take Nigeria back to the dark days of ballot stuffing , ballot boxes snatching and outright falsification of election results and I believe they deserve to get justice. ”

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Doyin Okupe: EFCC accused of trying to silence ex-Jonathan’s aide 

Following the detention of Doyin Okupe, former aide to immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, a group known as Patriotic Nigerians, has described his continuous detention as an allege attempt to silence the PDP chieftain.

A statement signed by the group’s coordinator, Musa Muhammad, stated that despite willingly honouring the invitation of EFFC, Okupe who is the Media Adviser to the Director General of the PDP Presidential campaign has continued to be detained, which according to the group has a political undertone.

The statement reads, “Dr. Doyin Okupe yesterday (Monday) honoured the invitation of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC at the Abuja headquarters of the anti-graft body.

“Despite being patriotic and law-abiding enough to obey the invitation, it’s seems there is more to the invitation than meets the eye.

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“It is beginning to look like the anti-graft agency is on a political witch-hunt to silence the vociferous former presidential spokesperson, as it has been doing to every other active opposition figures in the nation.

The group also accused the EFCC of inconsistency in the charges put up against Okupe, adding that his case has not been assigned to any of the commission’s lawyers for prosecution as required by the law.

“Initially, EFCC claimed its invitation was based on cyber crime, but it has since shifted the goalpost in the middle of the game, changing the charges to misappropriation of arms fund claimed to have been released to him by former NSA, Colonel Sambo Dasuki.

“Agreed that the EFCC has a case against Okupe, but it’s quite surprising that since his arrival at the EFCC headquarters, the agency has refused to assign his case to a lawyer for prosecution at the court.

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“It is obvious that the EFCC is deploying a delay tactics to keep Okupe in detention as it goes on Christmas break and keep him there till the New Year.

“The nation is waiting for the abracadabra of EFCC,” the statement read.

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Stormy Daniels ordered to pay Donald Trump $293k in legal fees

Porn star, Stormy Daniels was on Tuesday ordered by a federal judge to pay President Donald Trump hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees for her failed defamation lawsuit against him.

Judge James Otero, who threw out Daniels’ suit against Trump, asked her to pay the US President $293,052.33 in attorney fees.

He wrote:

Based on the unique nature of this litigation and the Court’s familiarity with the fees charged in this jurisdiction, the Court concludes that Defendant’s rate requests are reasonable.
Ms Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, who allegedly had an affair with Trump in 2016 when his wife just had their son, said last April that she had been threatened by a man in a car park to keep quiet about the alleged affair.

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She shared a sketch of the man who she claimed had threatened her and her child.

Mr Trump retweeted the image, calling it a “total con job”, and describing the image as being of a “non-existent man”.

With the help of her attorney Michael Avenatti she took Trump to court. She sued arguing that the president’s tweet was defamatory as it accused Ms Daniels of “committing a serious crime” – namely, falsely accusing a person of threatening her.

But Judge Otero dismissed the suit in October and said Trump’s tweet was a “hyperbolic statement” against a political foe.

Avenatti quickly denounced the president and his lawyers and downplayed the judge’s order on Twitter.

Avenatti tweeted:

Stormy will never have to pay the felon Cohen or Trump a single dime in attorney’s fees, costs or sanctions. The award is dwarfed by the $1.5 million award to be issued in NDA case – the main case where Cohen and Trump have been lying to the court and the public. #Criminals.
Avenatti is representing Daniels in another lawsuit against Trump and his former attorney Michael Cohen. Through litigation, the adult film actress is seeking to void a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) about her alleged 2006 affair with the president.

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