Following the decision of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal last Wednesday, which dismissed the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar against President Muhammadu Buhari and his party in its entirety, some lawyers have stated that proving such electoral malpractice is one of the greatest hurdles to cross in Nigeria.
Bayelsa businessman and youngest governorship aspirant at the recent Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary in the state, Keniebi Okoko, has kicked against politicians who defect from their parties after losing elections, insisting that the practice was bad for the country’s nascent democracy.
Not until the former governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, was named minister by President Muhammadu Buhari on July 23, 2019, and was finally assigned the portfolio of Ministry of Interior on August 21, 2019, there had been insinuations he was having a frosty relationship with his successor, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola.
The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ibadan on Monday upheld the victory of Gov. Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Adebayo Adelabu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had filed a petition against Makinde in the March 9 governorship election in the state.