The Late 5: Atiku, PDP asking us for server that we don’t have – INEC tells Tribunal; Okorocha sworn in as senator | Other stories

Here are the stories that drove conversation today:

APC asks court to strike out Atiku’s suit on account of non-citizenship

The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday prayed the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal to strike out Atiku Abubakar’s petition against President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election because the former vice president “is not a Nigerian by birth.”

Lateef Fagbemi, Counsel to the APC made the call while responding to the petitioners’ motion seeking the striking out of APC’s reply to the petition.

Ninth House of Reps holds first plenary session

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila and Deputy Speaker, Rep. Idris Wase led the procession into the green chamber for the maiden plenary of the ninth House of Reps.  The ninth House of Assembly on Thursday held its first plenary after members were inaugurated on Tuesday, June 11, 2019.

The Speaker, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila (APC-Lagos) swore in Rep. Musa Sarki-Adar (APC-Sokoto) who was absent at the Tuesday’s inauguration. The oath of office was administered by the Clerk of the house, Mr Patrick Giwa at plenary in Abuja.

Atiku, PDP asking us for server that we don’t have – INEC tells Tribunal

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday insisted that it had no electronic server being sought to be accessed and inspected by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate in the February 23, 2019  presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

The commission had earlier denied the existence of such server in its reply filed on April 10, 2019 to oppose Atiku and PDP’s petition pending before the five-man tribunal.

Igbo Presidency doesn’t exist – Okorocha

Imo West Senator, Rochas Okorocha, has cautioned his kinsmen against the misconception of the term ‘Igbo presidency.’ Okorocha, while addressing journalists after being sworn in as Senator on Thursday, said such an agenda could not have existed as it was impossible to hand over power to a region without due process.

Okorocha sworn in as senator

Rochas Okorocha, former governor of Imo, has been sworn in as the senator representing Imo West. The allegiance and oath of office was administered on him on the floor of the upper legislative chamber on Thursday. Nelson Ayewoh, clerk to the senate, conducted the swearing-in ceremony after which he was asked to sign the necessary documents.


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