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Ibrahim Ramalan
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Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via ibroramalan@gmail.com, or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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The pioneer Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFC, Nuhu Ribadu, on Tuesday, stood in for President Muhammadu Buhari at the proceedings of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Hope Democratic Party, HDP, and its candidate, Ambrose Awuru, had filed a petition before the tribunal challenging President Buhari’s victory at the February 23 polls.

However, when the matter was mentioned for hearing, Mr Ribadu, a top member of the All Progressives Congress from Adamawa State, announced himself as the representative of President Buhari.

Similarly, the APC was represented by Dare Oketade, who identified himself as the party’s head of legal services.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, was represented by its Director, Legal Services, Oluwatoyin Babalola.

However, while Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), led Buhari’s legal team, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) led APC’s team of lawyers.

There are three other petitions filed by other political parties, including the major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

Meanwhile, the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, leads the five-man bench of the tribunal.

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