David Adeleke, internationally known as Davido, weighed in after the verdict was passed in a series of tweets. He stressed Nigeria needs to stay united but also noted that people are too selfish. In his words, “A divided house cannot stand …… everybody long throat .. well”. The singer also expressed his bewilderment by tweeting, “Nawa”.

After the result was announced, popular activist Aisha Yesufu stood firmly behind her candidate of choice Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) by retweeting their rejection of the judgement.

Afterwards, she expressed her dismay by tweeting, “One day a new generation of lawyers will change ‘As the court pleases’ to ‘As long as it ensures justice.” She was active on X, formerly known as Twitter, and even hosted a listening space for her fellow LP supporters.

In a separate tweet, she added, “Yesterday’s judgment was a movie. Mary Odili gave us the trailer.”

Popular comedian, Lawrence Oluwaseyitan Aletile, aka Seyi Law celebrated Tinubu’s victory via his Twitter account and also had a lot to say.

In multiple tweets, he mocked the supporters of the opposing parties saying, “Have they started crying already, or are they still hoping for a rerun? What a waste.”

Seyi Law has been a staunch supporter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) since their campaigns began in 2022, and his stance hasn’t budged ever since. He also posted a video of the president dancing with the caption, “On your MANDATE straight”

After the verdict was delivered by the tribunal, one-half of the iconic P-square duo, Peter, took to Twitter to express his disappointment with the judgement.

The singer questioned the fairness of the legal practitioners and labelled Nigeria a lawless country saying, “Imagine studying law in a lawless country!… Shame!”

He also made a separate tweet declaring that only rich members of society get the justice they seek.

The controversial actor who recently became a Tinubu supporter was present at the tribunal in support of the president. After the verdict was announced he tweeted “Congratulations President Bola Ahmed Tinubu @officialABAT and Vice President Kashim Shettima @OfficialSKSM on your victory in court. May God keep blessing you with wisdom to fix our great country.”

The thespian also retweeted the president’s press release shortly after it was posted.

Only retired judges should handle election petition tribunals - Afe Babalola

Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Afe Babalola has said that only retired judges should preside over election petition tribunals.


Speaking on Monday, July 10, in Ado-Ekiti at an event to mark his 60th anniversary at the bar, Babalola stated that with retired judges handling the election tribunal, regular court cases would not be affected.


He also said that the judiciary needs a total overhaul which can only be achieved with a new constitution. Babalola said;


“Our judiciary today needs a total overhaul and you cannot do it without a new constitution. I have about three cases myself in respect of matters arising from the university.

“For the past four years, these cases have been on. We have some judges here, the headquarters won’t be able to sit for many months because they are handling what they call election petitions.

“Election petitions should not be handled by sitting judges, they should be decided only by the committee set up consisting of senior advocates and retired judges in that case regular courts would not close down.”

2023 Elections: Yakubu Gowon urges Nigerians to accept Tribunal?s Verdict

A former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), has urged Nigerians to accept the decisions of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal as final.

The hearing of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal will start on Monday May 8, as Peter Obi of the Labour Party and Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party challenge president-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s electoral win.

Speaking at a symposium in honour of a one-time Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Chike Idigbe on Thursday, May 4, Gowon urged Nigerians to allow the courts do its work without interference.

“We need to allow the apex court to come up with their decisions and for the public to be humble enough to accept their decision as final in order to maintain the sanctity of the judiciary as individuals and institutions.

“The litigation tribunals that are now going, let us give the judiciary the opportunity to do their work and let us accept their decisions as it is,” Gowon said.

Following the February 25 presidential election, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, had on March 1 declared All Progressives Congress’ Bola Tinubu the President-Elect on the grounds that his party scored the majority of votes cast in the polls.

Tinubu had polled 8.8 million votes to defeat Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 6.9 million votes, Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) who polled 6.1 million votes and 15 others.

However, Atiku and Obi are disputing the result, claiming to be the actual winners of the election.

The Adelaide Crows look set to appeal the AFL tribunal’s decision to uphold a three-match ban handed to forward Shane McAdam for his brutal hit on GWS‘s Jacob Wehr.

McAdam’s bump on Wehr was one of three thrust into the spotlight in round one, along with Swans veteran Lance Franklin‘s on the Gold Coast‘s Sam Collins, and Demons firebrand Kysaiah Pickett’s on Bailey Smith.

The Swans had earlier accepted Franklin’s one match ban, as did the Dees for Pickett’s two-game ban. McAdam was sent straight to the tribunal.

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Franklin’s bump Collins was classified as high contact and careless contact, but only a medium impact which resulted in the smaller penalty.

Pickett was hit with a careless conduct, high impact and high contact charge.

The Crows used both Franklin’s and Pickett’s bumps as examples, but interestingly, the jury dismissed the Pickett example, deeming it to be a more “glancing impact” – dispute Pickett also launching himself into Smith.

They also produced Patrick Dangerfield’s bump on Jake Kelly in 2021 and Paddy Ryder’s on Hawthorn’s Will Day early last season as further evidence.

The tribunal found even though Wehr somehow escaped injury, the potential for serious injury was high.

Traditionally, the AFL tribunal did not classify hits particularly severely – as brutal as they may otherwise be – if the player on the receiving end was not injured.

McAdam’s advocate Tom Duggan said given that, the Crows were “surprised” about the classification.

“The reality is that in this case…there was no injury at all,” Duggan said.

“It is surely a material fact that there was no injury when considering whether the impact was severe.”

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Tribunal chairman Jeff Gleeson said the hit amounted to “rough conduct under the broad definition”.

“It was careless. McAdam chose to bump at reasonable speed. Was it high contact? We find that it was.

“Was it at least low actual impact to the head? We find that it was. The impact was greater than that. It was not negligible.

“Here the potential for injury and serious injury was very high. We regard it as severe impact.”

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