In Nigeria the hearing of the petition filed against Alhaji Shehu Shagari, the incumbent civilian President, began on Tuesday (4 September).
In Nigeria the hearing of the petition filed against Alhaji Shehu Shagari, the incumbent civilian President, began on Tuesday (4 September). Chief Obafemi Awolowo is challenging the declaration by the Federal Electoral Commission (FEDECO) that Shehu will become the country's President on the first of October.
SYNOPSIS: Lagos and all of Nigerian has spent the last few months preparing for the formation of the first civilian government since 1966. But the result of the Presidential election has been disputed by several of the candidates, though the new government is due to be installed on the first of October. Three candidates for the Presidency contend that Alhaji Shehu was not duly elected. Police at the Federal Court of Appeal were out in force as the instigator of the petition and leader of the Unity Party of Nigeria, Chief Obafemi Awolowo arrived for the hearing.
He was joined by the leader of the Great Nigeria People's Party, Alhaji Waziri Ibrahim.
In his petition Chief Awolowo contends that Alhaji Shehu Shagari scored less than the number of votes required by electoral decree to win office.
Chief Awolowo also asked the tribunal to order the Secretary of FEDECO Alhaji Kurfi and the Federal Returning Officer Frederick Menkiti to arrange an electoral college election to determine who should be President. This he says, is in accordance with provision in the 1978 Electoral Decree.
But Alhaji Shehu insists he was duly elected. And he says that if an Electoral College had been called it should have been arranged within seven days of the August sixteen results.
Chief Awolowo took the stand on the first day of the hearing which was expected to last three days. He gave evidence on the election results but it was disputed under cross-examination