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The governor is APC so it wouldn't be that shocking that some lower ticket races reflect that.

My worry is that since Buhari has been in office every single election run has been largely inconclusive. No election in ant state has been straightforward, which does not bode well for 2019.

And then there is the abuse of the legal system by every politician especially APC who if they don't win at the ballot box want to bully their way in. If there is a legitimate case of fraud (which being Nigeria lord knows its possible ) then yes go to court. But if the tally was relatively fair, why tie up the already underfunded court system with a parade of lawyers only wasting everyone's time on nonsense.

This election coming up has all the makings of a violent one :coffee:
thats my point. Imo isn't naturally an apc state which suggest serious rigging. 2019 will be bloody no doubt but I see no gains for apc tho they'll likely change who the president is to some other apc Fulani president. If Buhari runs, Buhari who cries everytime he loses will show the idiots that voted for him how violent he is when he loses.
 

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Atiku, Mimiko Plot New Party, Joint Ticket

Apparently dissatisfied with the suppressed musings in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the perennial crisis in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP ), key figures in both parties are mulling what a source called ‘a strong third force’.

If ongoing secret consultations are fruitful, the third force is a new political party ahead of the 2019 presidential election that would witness the pairing of former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and the incumbent governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, as presidential candidate and running mate respectively, Sunday Telegraph gathered. Curiously, while Atiku, with eyes glued to the presidency, belongs to the APC , the Ondo State governor is of the PDP and indeed , a key figure in the resolution of the crisis in the opposition party.

Mimiko’s tenure will lapse in February 2017 . According to a highly placed source , the new party will emerge in the last quarter of 2017, even as a positive outcome (for the PDP ) of the November 2016 governorship election in Ondo State is the likely template for the permutation.

The SDP , Falae / Afenifere link

As part of the plan , a meeting between the former vice president and former presidential candidate and national chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP ), Chief Olu Falae, might hold in a couple of weeks, barring the unforeseen.

The source said the SDP is one of the options being stratified by the duo of Atiku and Mimiko , if the idea of a fresh political party appears cumbersome. Falae, an Afenifere chieftain from Ondo State and political benefactor of the governor, is expected to mobilize the pan Yoruba organisation across the South West as a ‘counter force to the existing power equation in the region ’.

The source said, ‘’ Like a nation in want of leadership, proper leadership and a new dawn will soon face the country because what Nigerians are getting is not what they bargained for . The change mantra appears to be fading and some persons are beginning to think otherwise.

‘’As it was in the run up to the last presidential election, whereby hitherto antagonistic persons came together for a common cause and installed the current government, we are looking at the possibility of mobilizing all and sundry to rescue the nation from nepotisim.

‘’ From all indications, the current leadership has failed the nation and if you read what a North West leader said in an interview today (yesterday ), you need no one to tell you that we require a drastic political direction.

‘’In the process, anything can happen, including the registration of a new political party or reviving an existing one because in all the major parties, that is PDP and APC, there are problems.

‘’ So we are going to reach out to our major political bloc, the Afenifere, as well as some of the Third Republic SDP governors who are now sidelined in the two parties. ” Asked about the possibility of a new party flourishing in the South West, when the current vice president hails from there , the source said it was immaterial.

‘’ That is immaterial. As far as some of us are concerned, whether he is VP or not, Osinbajo does not have the political sagacity of the Ondo State governor. I ask, can a Buhari or whoever and Osinbajo APC ticket beat an Atiku/ Mimiko ticket ?

‘’ They can longer deceive our people because the truth has come out . They shouted restructuring before election and abandoned it after their victory . Are these people trustworthy? Definitely, a counter force to the existing power equation in the region is about to be reinvigorated ’’, the source said.

. . Any role for Kuku as Ondo guber race test- runs plot ?

Sunday Telegraph gathered that as a possible inroad and sustenability in the South West , the former vice president was partly instrumental to the choice of the immediate past Ondo State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr . Eyitayo Jegede , as Governor Mimiko’s preferred candidate of the PDP for the November governorship election. Atiku and Jegede are friends, the latter having resided in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, for almost two decades and has been a personal friend and counsel to the former vice president.

The opposition from a section of the party ’s leadership notwithstanding, Jegede looks good to emerge as the PDP candidate and he ’s reportedly groomed to prepare grounds for the new party if he becomes governor.

Mimiko is said to have also successfully planted his loyalist, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, as South West chairman of the PDP even as he has opened discussions with self- exiled former presidential aide, Kingsley Kuku. Governor Mimiko, it was gathered, has sent a delegation of state government officials to Kuku in the United States of America, where he is currently based, to firm up details of the governor ’s overtures.

Details ares still sketchy as at the time of this report, but it was gathered that Kuku has reportedly insisted that he should be picked as Jegede ’s governorship running mate to have his support.

Sunday Telegraph learnt that in the ensuing permutation, Kuku , of the Ijaw extraction, has promised to leverage on his links with his kinsmen, the largest ethnic group in the South South cutting across Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa Ibom, to mobilize for the envisioned party and make an Inroad into the troubled Niger Delta.

Kuku had declared his intention to be governor before fleeing the country, following manhunt for him my the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged financial impropriety as head of the Niger Delta Presidential Amnesty Programme.

Atiku has maintained, on many occasions, that he remains a committed member of the APC, but reports have been rife since the beginning of the year that the former vice president has severally complained of being sidelined in the affairs of the party.

His subtle but controlled criticism of the present government has been noticed in the last few months just as he has secretly embarked on a nationwide consultation with his political associates with a view to redirecting his political future.

It will be recalled that Atiku drew the ire of the Presidency and leadership of APC as, aside decrying lack of focused leadership, he openly canvassed for the restructuring of the country, an idea President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo , have discredited.

Although it could not be independently confirmed, Atiku was reportedly summoned and cautioned by the national leadership of the APC for his various utterances in the media.

He was said to have equally protested against the return of the erstwhile chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, to the APC.
Atiku and Ribadu, both from Adamawa State, have had several running battles.

While Ribadu held sway at the EFCC under former president , Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Atiku was dislodged from the then ruling party, the PDP, in the run up to the 2007 presidential election.

Reports have it that the former anti corruption czar, an elder brother of the president’s wife, Aisha Buhari, was encouraged to join the party by the First Lady and former president, Obasanjo , who is yet to mend fences with his estranged former deputy for over 10 years now.
https://newtelegraphonline.com/secret-deal-2019-atiku-mimiko-plot-new-party-joint-ticket/
 

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Buhari Okays Dogara’s Removal, Locks Up National Assembly Complex

http://www.post-nigeria.com/buhari-okays-dogaras-removal-locks-up-national-assembly-complex/


There are strong indications that the Department of State Services, DSS, has received the backing of President Muhammadu Buhari, to carry out full investigations into the N480 billion budget padding, in the House of Representatives.

It was gathered on Saturday, July 30, that security agencies, had already swung into action by scrutinizing documents collected from a former Chairman of the House of Representatives Appropriation Committee, Abdulmumin Jibrin, as part of the investigations into the budget padding.

According to reports, the DSS had sealed the Secretariat of the House of Representative Committee on Appropriation, on Saturday.

The operatives barred the Clerk to the Committee, Dr. Abel Ochigbo, from entering his office.

Although, Ochigbo and other member of staff were in possession of the keys to the Secretariat, they were not allowed access into the office.

The DSS operatives blocked Ochigbo, when he wanted to open the door, and denied him access.

“No, no; you cannot enter there please,” a DSS official said and blocked Ochigbo from gaining entrance into the premises.

The security personnel did not listen to the Clerk’s explanations.

The Clerk later made phone calls and tried to pass his phone over to the security operatives, so that he could speak with someone on the other end of the line, but the man declined to receive the phone.

The closure, marked the latest development in the on-going political and media war between Dogara and Jibrin, over the alleged manipulation of line items and figures in the 2016 Appropriation Bill.

It was further gathered, that the DSS officials stormed the Secretariat, which serves as offices for the 40-member Appropriation Committee and its staff, and immediately placed it under lock and key. The DSS also sealed Jibrin’s office, at Room 105, in the New House of Representatives building.

Investigations showed that Buhari, as part of his commitment to the anti-graft war, was favourably disposed to investigations into the allegations, in spite of his closeness to the Speaker, Dogara.

Jibrin, had in his petitions to the security agencies, accused Dogara, his Deputy, Yusuf Lasun; the House Whip, Alhassan Doguwa; and the Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, of padding the budget.

Sources said Jibrin had submitted “incontrovertible” evidence, linking the four men to the budget padding incident that embarrassed the Federal Government.

Further findings indicated that Jibrin had received the full support of the President and the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

It was learnt that Jibrin had met with Malami, where he was assured of the Federal Government’s support for his anti-corruption crusade in the National Assembly.

A top government officer said; “Security agencies have received the backing of the President, to probe the allegation. The President has said that there is no sacred cow in the fight against corruption. You know he is close to Dogara, but he will not stop the security agencies from investigating anybody.”

However, the Presidency has maintained that the President would not interfere with the budget padding allegation in the House.
 

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The SE and ss need to form a block akin to the pdp. Outside of a response to militants violence there is no really power. Alliances are formed without our input or consideration unless we harm the purse strings. Even hijacking pdp as an eastern party may help

As it stands the pdp is weak and being diminished on the national stage
 

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INEC postpones Edo governorship election to September 28

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday postponed the Edo State governorship election scheduled for tomorrow. It based its action on security advice. The polls will now hold on September 28, 2016.

Earlier, in the week, the Nigeria Police and the Department of State Services (DSS) had in a joint statement urged INEC to reschedule the polls, saying there were plans by unscrupulous persons to foment trouble.

INEC, which had repeatedly restated its readiness to hold the election, had said it would hold consultations with the security agencies before arriving at a decision.

INEC, in a statement by its National Commissioner (Voters Education and Publicity), Soyebi Solomon, said: “At about 6:00p.m. today (yesterday), the Commission received official communication from the Police and the DSS drawing its attention to the need to postpone the Edo governorship elections. Such postponement is necessary in view of threats of terrorist activities in Edo State and other states of the federation during the election and over the Sallah period.
“‎The deployment of security personnel, country wide, to secure lives and property, would overstretch their capacity to, at the same time, provide adequate security for the election.

“‎Consequently, the Commission notes the request of the security agencies. And considering the security implications of proceeding with the election, the safety of eligible voters, electoral officials, including ad-hoc staff, and other stakeholders, INEC has decided to reschedule the Edo governorship elections to Wednesday, September 28, 2016.”

The PDP, meanwhile, has described the postponement as illegal, saying: “Democracy is under a serious threat from the APC and its Gestapo security agencies.”

The leadership of the party, led by Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, in a statement, yesterday, reiterated its earlier position that the date should not have been changed.

The statement, by the spokesman of the PDP national caretaker committee, Dayo Adeyeye, reads in parts: “The postponement of the election by the top hierarchy of the security agencies predicated on alleged security threat was a less than ingenious attempt to buy time for the APC, which was clearly heading for a major electoral catastrophe on Saturday.”

Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, also described the postponement as the beginning of the end for democracy in Nigeria.

“It is obvious that the APC feared that it couldn’t win the election and was ready to employ whatever crude means to subvert the wish of the people,” he said.

In a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said: “It was just a game by the APC-led Federal Government to frustrate the people of Edo State from kick-starting the journey of changing the APC’s ‘one-chance change’ in Nigeria. But they should realise that the power of the people will always be greater than the power of those in power.

“How can you postpone an election, less than 48 hours to the scheduled date? What manner of security concern could prevent an election in just one state, when elections were held in northeast states that are confronted by Boko Haram insurgents?

“Obviously, this is a sign of what is to come in 2019, and Nigerians should not be amazed if in 2019, they tell us that elections cannot be conducted.”

The PDP opposed the postponement, saying the ruling All Progressives Congress was scared.

State chairman of the party, Dan Orbih, said. “Few days ago, Adams Oshiomhole’s APC sponsored some group of boys to demonstrate to the government house and the secretariats of the APC and the PDP, asking for postponement of the election because they were preparing for the Mathematics paper in the GCE examinations.

“They have seen that it will not work, hence they resorted to this other alternative plan that there were security concerns and that the election should be postponed. Having failed in their bid to convince the electorate, they are out to use available means to buy time.”

Oshiomhole on his part had said his party was “over prepared” for the election and appealed to INEC not to postpone the “final burial of the PDP.”

He said: “The APC is ready for the election, and that was why we held our mega rally on Tuesday. And after that rally, our people across the state became more committed, more dogged and ready for the election.

“However, security issues are security issues. And as regards elections, they are very critical. If on their own they are calling on INEC for postponement, I am sure they must have their reasons because they are experts. If you recall, we raised the alarm that the PDP had planned to import thugs from neighbouring states to help them unleash mayhem on our people because they are not prepared for the election.”

The All Progressives Grand Alliance candidate, Mr. Osaro Onaiwu, had said he was of the view that the polls should be shifted, to allow the students write their exams.

He said: “I am supporting the call for the postponement because at the stakeholders meeting today (Wednesday), I told them to postpone it. Education is one of the solutions to the nation’s problems. We can’t be talking of examinations and deny the students their rights. Now, even if they relocate the students to other areas or states, some of them are eligible voters.”
http://guardian.ng/news/inec-postpones-edo-gov-election-to-september-28/
 

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Accused of stealing N1.1 billion Plateau funds, Joshua Dariye decamps to APC

Former Plateau State Governor, Joshua Dariye, on Thursday defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress.

He left the Peoples Democratic Party on whose platform he was first elected governor and then elected to the National Assembly to represent Plateau Central senatorial district. Senate President Bukola Saraki announced Mr. Dariye’s defection just before the Senate adjourned on Thursday.

Mr. Dariye is one of the former governors facing corruption charges. He is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on charges bordering on money laundering and diversion of funds.

His case with the EFCC is before Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court, Gudu, Abuja.

He is alleged to have siphoned the state’s ecological fund to the tune of N1.16 billion. In 2004, Mr. Dariye fled the United Kingdom where he was being tried for money laundering. EFCC first filed charges against Mr. Dariye before Justice Banjoko in 2007. He pleaded not guilty and commencement of his trial was fixed for November 13 of that year.

However, before that date, Mr. Dariye filed a suit challenging the competence of the charges and the jurisdiction of the court. He argued that he ought to be tried before a Plateau State High Court and not the FCT High Court.

For 9 years, his trail was delayed until February 2015 when the Supreme Court affirmed the competence of the Abuja court to try him.

Mr. Dariye’s two telephone lines which he submitted to the National Assembly were not going through to ask why he left PDP as at the time of filing this report.

Already, Nigerians on social media have started suggesting the Senator did cross-carpet on the hope he would be helped to avoid conviction being a member of the ruling party.
http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/...-plateau-funds-joshua-dariye-decamps-apc.html
 

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APC Leader Behind Attacks on Kyari, Daura, Group Alleges

The Arewa Youth Leaders for Development and Change (AYLDC) has alleged that a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the South-west is behind “the nefarious activities to bring down both men and all those close to President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement in Kaduna at the weekend, the group maintained that the current campaigns of calumny against the Chief of Staff to the President , Alhaji Abba Kyari and the president’s nephew, Alhaji Mamman Daura, in some online news platforms were being sponsored by the APC leader.

The statement signed by the National President of AYLDC, Abubakar A. Karga, said the group had observed with disappointment, the unwarranted and malicious attacks on Kyari and Daura in some online publications re-publishing the malicious contents, stressing that a US-based online medium had been at the forefront of the attacks.

The grouse of the APC leader, according to the statement, is that “he is still smarting for not being the one to make every single appointment made by Mr. President.”

The group said it has reasons to believe that the chairman of the anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and a top government official are complicit in the show of shame.

“They are the ones who use their offices to lend legitimacy to questionable information to make it appear as if the lies being reported are true.

“The impression sought to be created is that Abba Kyari is corrupt. Our position is that these are unjustified attacks on an achiever out of spite and should at best be ignored.

“Daura has been falsely accused of corruption and meddlesomeness in state affairs repeatedly and without basis.

“After painstaking efforts to understand the nature and intent of these attacks, we came to realise that Kyari and Daura are pawns on the board for people who want to get at President Muhammadu Buhari for selfish reasons,” the statement said.

According to the AYLDC, those behind the attacks on Kyari and Daura, ”are trying to link both men to corruption in order to rubbish Mr. President’s anti-corruption efforts by making it appear as if he condones wrongdoing from his trusted aides and family members as well as blackmail him to firing those that genuinely have his interest at heart while clearing the way for those sponsoring these attacks.

“We want to categorically state that we now know those paying this medium to lie against good men. We found out that a national leader of the APC, from the South-west is at the centre of the nefarious activities to bring down both men and all those close to President Buhari.

”This is a totally unacceptable behaviour that should not be tolerated in Nigeria or any other country for that matter.

Anyone that has issues with President Buhar is advised to be bold enough to man up and approach him to table such demands instead of using fronts.

“We use this opportunity to warn these men to desist from these attacks or accept any legitimate actions we decide to take as a consequence of their lies.”

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The comment below best describes this frivolity

This is so not funny o.

Kyari and Daura are just political appointees and only came on board after the likes of Tinubu had toiled for Buhari's victory.

Now I see why these guys write embarrassing plagiarized speeches for the president. They are seriously distracted.

They should just face their jobs and forget about the politicians. That's why I love Magu and the customs boss
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Tinubu, Oyegun row splits APC NWC members

The call for the removal of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, by the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has divided the APC’s National Working Committee, The PUNCH learnt on Monday.

Tinubu had, in a statement on Sunday, accused the national chairman of allegedly working against the ideals of the APC in the handling of its governorship primary in Ondo State.

He had alleged that the National Working Committee of the APC had voted in favour of a fresh primary in Ondo State but Odigie-Oyegun overruled the NWC and submitted the name of Rotimi Akeredolu to the Independent National Electoral Commission as the governorship candidate of the APC.

The statement added, “If Tinubu is to choose between John (Odigie-) Oyegun and progress toward a better Nigeria, the choice has already been made. For those who care about Nigeria and its chance for a better tomorrow, now is the time to stand against this brewing evil before it grows to encompass all we have built and all we hold dear.”

It was gathered in Abuja that members of the NWC, especially those from the South-West, were backing Tinubu, whom they argued was at the verge of being disgraced.

Tinubu is also said to be receiving support from some party chiefs, who were said to have felt they had been sidelined in the party under Odigie-Oyegun’s leadership.

A member of the party’s leadership, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the issue, said, “I was one of those who cautioned our chairman about the handling of this Ondo palaver.

“He (Odigie-Oyegun) was the one who said we should put the recommendations of the panel to vote, which we did. He asked us to pray but used the opportunity to leave the hall.

“I personally think he is dancing to the tune of some individuals around Mr. President. He should simply step down.”

Asked to comment on the division within the party’s NWC, he said, “Our last meeting made that very clear.

“Six out of the 11 of us present at the meeting voted in favour of a re-run of the Ondo primary; five voted against. Yet, the choice of five was upheld. Is that democracy? You tell me.”

Another member of the NWC said Odigie-Oyegun should not be crucified because he made “an honest mistake here and there. I think this situation is not yet beyond redemption.”

In an interview with The PUNCH, another NWC member said, “Let’s be honest, the APC does not belong to any individual. It is a give and take thing. Tinubu asked for and got the VP slot; he has members of his political family in the cabinet and even heads of government agencies. What else does he want?”

A top source in the APC stated that an emergency National Executive Committee meeting might be summoned after the Edo State governorship election to iron out some of the contending issues.

The Deputy National Chairman (South) of the party, Mr. Seguin Oni, in response to enquiries by The PUNCH on the issue, said, “Yes, we have issues within the party but we are resolving them.

“You must give us some credit. We are a relatively young party with members drawn from diverse backgrounds. There are bound to be issues but we have the internal capacity to deal with our issues and we are doing it; be patient.”

The acting National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Timi Frank, backed Tinubu’s call for Odigie-Oyegun’s resignation.
Read more: http://punchng.com/tinubu-oyegun-row-splits-apc-nwc-members/
 

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Orji Kalu joins APC

A former Abia State Governor, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu Wednesday formally joined the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC) with a strong commitment to contribute his quota the political and economic development of the country.

But the former governor dismissed insinuations that he rushed into the ruling party with a view to truncating his ongoing trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC). His decision was in line with family demands of him, he said

Receiving the former governor and some of his supporters at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday, the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun described the entrance of Kalu into the party as timely, given the fact that the country required the experience, resilience and never-die-spirit of the former governor to help lift the country from its current economic challenges.

Kalu was accompanied to the secretariat by his former Osun State counterpart and chieftain of the party, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, his political associates like the former Chairman of the Progressive Peoples Alliance, (PPA) Dr Sam Nkire, his younger brother, Mascot Kalu among others.

The former governor said his decision to join the APC was dictated by the family demands recalling the recent visit to the APC headquarters by his mother, Mama Eunice and some of his siblings. While admitting that he had so many friends in the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), but he believed that family demands come first.
http://guardian.ng/news/orji-kalu-joins-apc/
 

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I disagree with the rider at the end of the sentence, but impressed the court has exercised enough independence to render this sort of decision unlike that occurs to day in Nigeria.

Pakistan court's 'hang him in streets' rider to Musharraf death sentence sparks fury


ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The Pakistan government said on Thursday it was seeking to disbar the leader of a three-judge panel which ruled that the corpse of ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf should hang for three days if the general dies before his execution.

The special court sentenced Musharraf, 76, to death on Tuesday after finding him guilty of high treason for subverting the constitution in 2007. He took power in a 1999 coup.

The court directed law enforcers to apprehend Musharraf, currently receiving medical treatment in Dubai, to ensure the death sentence is carried out.

But if found dead beforehand, "his corpse (should) be dragged to D-Chowk, Islamabad, Pakistan, and be hanged for three days", it said.

The chowk, or square, is just outside parliament.

Thursday's bizarre announcement came after the government said it had found "gaps and weaknesses" in the original sentence, apparently taking sides in a split between the military and the judiciary, and the general's lawyers said Musharraf planned to appeal.

Legal experts termed the instructions unconstitutional, even if symbolic.

Law Minister Farogh Naseem said the government was seeking to remove the leader of the three-judge panel. The judge, Waqar Ahmad Seth, had violated judicial conduct, he said.

"Our plea is that such a judge has got no authority to be a judge of any high court or the supreme court," he said. "He is unfit."

Escalating the tension with the judiciary, the army spokesman said the court announcement proved his assertion that the original sentence was flawed.

"Today's decision, particularly the wording used in it, is beyond humanity, religion, civilization or any values," he told a news conference.

He said army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa had taken up the issue with Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The original sentence had already shocked the military, which has ruled Pakistan for about half the country's history. The army accused the court of ignoring legal processes and defended Musharraf's patriotism.

Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan has said Musharraf wasn't given a fair trial, taking the army line.

Tensions between the military and the judiciary rose after the Supreme Court struck down a three-year extension of service given by the government to army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Musharraf, who was tried and sentenced in absentia, said in Dubai the charges against him were politically motivated.

Musharraf seized power in a coup in 1999 and later ruled as president.

In November 2007, Musharraf suspended the constitution and imposed emergency rule, prompting protests. He resigned in 2008 to avoid the threat of impeachment.

When Nawaz Sharif, whom Musharraf deposed in 1999, was re-elected prime minister in 2013, he initiated a treason trial against Musharraf and in 2014 he was charged with high treason.

"This case was taken up only due to a personal vendetta by some people against me," Musharraf said in a video statement from his hospital bed in Dubai.

Musharraf traveled to Dubai after a travel ban was lifted in 2016 and he has refused to appear before the court, despite multiple orders.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/pakistans-musharraf-calls-death-sentence-052748560.html
 

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I disagree with the rider at the end of the sentence, but impressed the court has exercised enough independence to render this sort of decision unlike that occurs to day in Nigeria.

Pakistan court's 'hang him in streets' rider to Musharraf death sentence sparks fury
Shows the hypocrisy of Buhari. He should be in prison now. Shame on those who allowed him to stand for election. :eek:hno:
 
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Shows the hypocrisy of Buhari. He should be in prison now. Shame on those who allowed him to stand for election. :eek:hno:
Of course. He’s the ultimate breacher of the law. A coup is high treason. But I’m surprised that in a country similar to Egypt in how deeply ingrained the military is in running the country that the judiciary can do this. I wonder how it developed and if nigeria can create a true separation of the various arms of government.
 
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