The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, has revealed that his son tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
The former vice president who shared the news via his verified Twitter handle, stated that the NCDC (Nigeria Centre for Disease Control), has been duly informed about the situation and that his son has been moved to Gwagwalada Specialist Teaching Hospital in Abuja for treatment and Management.
“My son has tested positive for coronavirus,” he tweeted.
“The @NCDCGov has been duly informed, and he has been moved to Gwagwalada Specialist Teaching Hospital in Abuja for treatment and management. I will appreciate it if you have him in your prayers. Stay safe, coronavirus is real,” he added.
Atiku also asked that Nigerians put his son in prayers.
Former Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has called for the reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), days after a Remo Stars player identified as Kazeem Tiyamiyu (Kaka) was allegedly killed by some operatives of the security outfit deployed to Sagamu-Abeokuta road.
In his tweet, the former Vice President stated that the reform of the Nigeria Police especially the SARS unit, is long overdue. He added that the police was created to protect the life and property of citizens and not to put them into harms way.
The reform of the Nigeria Police, especially the SARS unit, is long overdue. The@PoliceNG is meant to protect the life and property of our citizens and not to put them into harm’s way. -AA
Security has been beefed up within the vicinity of the Court of Appeal, Abuja venue of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
The tribunal is set to deliver judgment in the petition filed by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the Feb. 23 general election.
Security personnel comprising mainly men of the Nigeria Police, the Department of State Services and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps mounted checks at both ends of the stretch of the road to the court.
Lawyers and journalists who arrived the court premises located in the Three Arms Zone, were subjected to checks by security personnel.
The tribunal on August 21 reserved judgment in the petition after parties adopted their addresses. Justice Mohammed Garba, Chairman of the five-man panel of justices had stated that the judgment date would be communicated to parties.
The presidential election petition tribunal will today deliver judgement in the petition brought by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
All the parties in the suit had made their final submissions on August 21, when the tribunal declared that the date for the judgement will be communicated at a later date. The PDP and its candidate are seeking to nullify the election of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23 poll.
Some of the key players from both parties already present in the court room include Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, Minister of State for Niger Delta, Festus Keyamo, Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, Chairman of the opposing party, All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomole and others.
The five-member tribunal has asked INEC to produce the documents by Thursday.
The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has ordered the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, to produce some documents for which it had been issued a subpoena.
Yakubu and INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner in Zamfara, Dr Asmau Maikudi, had been issued the subpoena on the request of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its 2019 election presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Abubakar had lost the February 23 election to President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC), but he and the PDP have rejected the result and contested it before the five-member tribunal.
During proceedings on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, the petitioners’ lawyer, Chief Chris Uche (SAN), alleged that INEC officials have been instructed to not release the documents even after payment of certification fees made to the commission.
The Justice Mohammed Garba-led panel ordered Yakubu and Maikudi to produce the documents by noon on Thursday, July 18.
“The INEC chairman and the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Zamfara and the legal team representing them are under binding obligation to ensure that the orders contained in the subpoena are obeyed,” he said.
Atiku vs Buhari
INEC announced in February that Buhari won the 2019 election with 15,191,847 of the total votes cast. Atiku scored 11,262,978 votes.
However, in a petition filed before the tribunal, Atiku claimed that he actually won the election with 1.6 million more votes than Buhari according to an internal compilation of results he claimed was obtained from INEC’s server.
According to the result obtained from the INEC server as claimed by Atiku in his petition, the former vice president actually scored 18,356,732 votes while Buhari scored 16,741,430 votes. This does not include results from Rivers State which had allegedly not been transmitted at the time Atiku claims the data was captured.
“INEC specifically denies the existence of electronic transmission of results and it is unknown to the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended),” the commission noted in its response.
Atiku also accused Buhari of not possessing the educational qualification to contest, alleging that he submitted false academic documents to INEC to aid his qualification.
In their counter to Atiku’s petition, Buhari and the APC said the former vice president is not qualified to contest for the presidency because he was born in Adamawa State at a time when it was Northern Cameroon before it voted during a 1961 referendum to align with Nigeria.