Tribunal Affirms Ambode As Governor

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Two suicide bombers (a male and female) on Wednesday detonated a bomb in Molai village, a few kilometres from scenes visited by the Nigerian Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

A member of the youth vigilante group, Modu Abba told our correspondent on phone in Maiduguri that another set of suicide bombers four days after Saturday’s bombing incident at the general hospital in Molai where five persons died and 16 others injured came to attack the town again.

Molai is 10 kilometres to the south of Maiduguri, where the Vice President visited on Wednesday to check on the internally displaced persons (IDPs) quartered in the town.

Maiduguri houses about 1.5 million persons made homeless by the Boko Haram insurgency, this include about 125,000 quartered in 22 camps.

According to Abba, the two suicide bombers were unsuccessful in their dastardly enterprise as they only succeeded in blowing themselves up and leaving two persons injured.

He said the suicide bombers were terrorists who were suspected to have sneaked into Molai from Sambisa Forest, the notorious base of the gangsters that has been under military siege for some time now.

Abba said on Wednesday the two suicide bombers were blown apart apparently in an accidental detonation of explosives strapped on their bodies

The Tribunal had on Wednesday struck out the petition filed against the election of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode of the APC by the PDP candidate, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, following a preliminary objection filed by the counsel to the APC candidate, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN).

Olanipekun had argued at the resumed hearing on Thursday, June 25, that the petition should be struck out for being incompetent and that there was no correlation between the reliefs sought by the petitioner and the particulars of application on one hand and the grounds for questioning the election of Mr. Ambode on the other hand.

“The grounds and particulars in the petition are at opposites with the facts and reliefs being sought within the purview of Section 285(2) of the 1999 Constitution. I urge my Lordships to dismiss the petition,” Chief Olanipekun had said.

He stated that there is nowhere in the pleadings where the petitioners attacked the victory of the respondents or questioned the conduct of the election, saying “I submit that there is no petition before your lordships known to law. There are no grounds challenging the election of my client under Section 138(b)(c) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.”

According to him, the court cannot act on sentiment and sympathy of parties, emphasizing that sympathy does not override clear provisions of the law.

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