Only court can disqualify Buhari – INEC

 

INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Saturday said only the courts could disqualify a former Head of State and Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), ahead of the 2015 general elections.

The commission, which said there was nothing it could do in the matter, also said it had not received any petition against President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, Buhari and other presidential candidates, more than seven days after displaying their particulars.

The Director of Voter Education and Publicity in INEC, Mr. Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, in an interview with our correspondent, said the commission could not go beyond its constitutional powers.

“What do you want INEC to do? INEC cannot disqualify anybody and there is nothing we can do. We don’t have any power to disqualify him.He didn’t bring it (certificates) and so there is nothing INEC can do. INEC cannot disqualify him and cannot remove his name. It is only the courts that can disqualify him, if they feel there is something wrong that he has done. I am not aware of any (petition); none that I am aware of for now. I am not aware of any (petition). I am not aware of any so far,” Osaze-Uzzi said.

Buhari had in an affidavit which he deposed to at a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, explained that all his academic credentials were with the Secretary, Military Board.

The affidavit deposed to at the FCT High Court and dated November 24, 2014, was stamped and received by INEC on December 18, 2014.

“All my academic qualifications documents as filled in my presidential form, President APC/001/2015 are currently with the Secretary, Military Board as of the time of this affidavit. The affidavit is made in good faith and for record purpose”, Buhari stated.

The Nigerian Army had said it would readily release credentials and certificates in its custody to serving and retired officers whenever they apply for it.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Olajide Laleye, had while reacting to Buhari’s claim in his affidavit, said that his credentials were with the military.

He said the procedure for the retrieval or collection of the certificates was known to all serving or retired officers of the military.

He said, “Every serving and retired Army officer has, at least, a copy of his certificates and credentials kept with the Nigerian Army while that same serving and retired officer has copies of those same certificates and credentials.

“And there is a laid-down procedure to request for certificates. It is known to any serving and retired officer. If you want anything checked in your file, you simply follow the due process and it would be given to you because the credentials belong to you.”

“The Nigerian Army does not refuse to give anybody his credentials if the due process is followed. Now, take note of this. Not only does the Nigerian Army keep these things, the individual officers, whether serving or retired, have copies.”

Also speaking, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr. Kayode Idowu, said he was not aware of any petition against any of the presidential candidates.

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Adebayor accuses mum of doing ‘juju’ against him

Tottenham Hotspur Emmanuel Adebayor is on a warpath his family after accusing him of neglecting the

The Togo captain is alleged to have ejected his mother madam Alice Adebayor from the US$ 1.5million he bought for the family.

It is reported that the former Arsenal man split with his relatives because they were doing rituals against him.

“For the past six years Adebayor has rejected his mother and his immediate family whilst doing charity outside on the premise that our mother is a witch,” Adebayor’s cousin Margaret told Accra-based Peace FM.

“We have been thinking of his future as a footballer and did not want this issue out in the media but it is becoming too much.

Emmanuel Adebayor

“Could you believe Adebayor ordered his machomen to sack our mother and his own mother from a house he built in Togo claiming she is a witch?

“As we speak our mother lives in an apartment rented by our junior brother, Kola Adebayor, who currently lives in Germany.

“My mother weeps bitterly about the issue every day.  Anytime his mother or any of us (his close relatives) call and he realizes, he will quickly cut the call.

Margaret added: “I personally supervised the building of his house in Trassaco and he gave us an apartment in the house. But all of a sudden he changed his attitude towards us, one afternoon his machomen came to drive us away from the house.”

But in a rebuttal, Adebayor denied the allegations although he admitted his relationship with his family has been severed.

“Ask my sister Margaret whether I did not build them a house in East Legon, and what happened to it? I bought my younger sister Lucia a car worth $35,000, where is it?” Ade explained.

“If they want the issue resolved they should stop spreading the news and let’s meet to resolve it but they aren’t willing to do so.” Adebayor added

Togo coach admits Ghana class

Togo were outclassed by a better team as Ghana won 3-1, according to Tchakala Tchanile.

The Sparrow Hawks coach presided over a poor show in Ghana’s northern city of Tamale as the Black Stars booked a ticket to the next African Cup.

A goal from Floyd Ayite was not enough to stem the flurry of attacks that culminated in strikes from Abdul Majeed Waris, Mubarak Wakaso and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu.

“Ghana was one team, they played compact and all of them try to fight together,” Tchanile said after the game.

“You could see from the first half they wanted to win and I think all the eleven players on the field worked hard for the team to win.”

Togo therefore miss out on the competition after making it to the 2013 edition but for Ghana it is yet another Afcon after making every edition in the past eight years.

AFCON 2015: Eagles crash out

Reigning champions the Super Eagles will not defend their title in Equatorial Guinea after failing to qualify from Group A.

In yesterday’s final round of matches, Nigeria drew 2-2 with South Africa in Uyo, meaning they finished outside of the group’s top two automatic qualification spots with eight points – a total that also put them out of the running to be the best third-placed team.

Their display left much to be desired Ahmed Musa by now should be kicking his head for missing two clear cut chances, he should have buried to put the Eagles ahead in the match. South Africa can thank fleet footed striker Tekelo Rantie for scoring a brace that almost earned the Bafana Bafana their first competitive win over Nigeria.

IT IS FINISHED: Mikel Obi's mood says it all about Nigerian football.

At the start of hostilities, the Bafana Bafana showed that they meant business as they held on to the ball and made dangerous incursions to the Eagles’ box. Rantie proved that he was going to be a handful early in the game as he cranked up the Eagles defence. Kenneth Omeruo was clearly off form and out of depth. Rantie rounded Omeruo, but his shot was deflected over the bar by Azubuike Egweke.

However, the Eagles gathered the pieces and pushed forward with John Obi Mikel calling the shots.   Ikechukwu Uche and Emmanuel Emenike probed the South African back four. Ahmed Musa also proved dangerous.

On the 16 minute of play Musa was put through by Mikel, but he failed to beat Dareen Keet in goal for Bafana Bafana. Two minutes later Musa came one on one with Keet, but shot into the legs of the keeper.

It seems these failed attempts emboldened the South Africans. They took over proceedings by tightening up the midfield and preventing the Eagles strikers from getting feeds. The unthinkable happened in the 42nd minute when Rantie made a run from the left, Efe Ambrose failed to cut his run and when the Bafana Bafana striker came face to face with Vincent Enyeama, he wasted no time in tucking the ball home. The Eagles were shell-shocked.

On the break the South Africans were unrelenting in their attacks. Rantie popped up again and stole the ball from indecisive Omeruo, he raced into the box rounded Enyeama and scored his second.

On the 68th minute, Sone Aluko provided a plank for the Eagles to make a come back when he jabbed home a re-bound from an Uche strike that hit the post.

But the Eagles laboured on despite having a man advantage after Reneilwe was sent off for a second bookable offense on Juwon Oshaniwo. The South Africans held on, but the resistant, however, was wearing thin. Aluko scored his second of the night when he wrestled the ball from the South African defence. He raced into the box and shot pass Keet. But it was of no use as Congo beat Sudan 0-1 at home to clinch the second spot.

Keshi: Win or lose in Congo, I dey kampe

Keshi: Win or lose in Congo, I dey kampe.
Keshi: Win or lose in Congo, I dey kampe.

Super Eagles head coach, Stephen Keshi, has declared that his future with the team does not depend on the outcome of this weekend’s game against Congo.

Keshi who spoke after yesterday’s workout in Abuja ahead of the team’s departure today for Pointe Noire said he is not banking on getting a result in Congo to keep his job.

Hear him: “I totally disagree with you that the out­come of the game against Congo has something to do with my future as Eagles manager. I am not depending on the match to be given a new contract and it is wrong to think that I will die without Nigeria’s job. Yes, I want to work for Nigeria as my country but I am not so des­perate about it. It is wrong for anybody to think that I cannot exist without Super Eagles job. Don’t forget that I came from somewhere.”

Keshi who spoke on the absence of Victor Moses said he decided not to call up the England based player because he is not fully fit: “We decided not to invite Victor Moses because he is not fully fit. More over, we are going to play on artificial turf which wont suit him.”

Meanwhile, returnee striker, Ikechukwu Uche, says he is not under any pressure to deliver, even as he pledged to do his best for the country.

Uche pointed out that the round leather game is a team event and not an individual game.

“It will be wrong to assume that I am going to do the job alone.”