The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has reserved judgment in the appeal by the Kano State Governor, Abba Yusuf, challenging his removal by the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal.
The tribunal had on September 20 nullified Yusuf’s election by declaring 165,663 of his votes invalid.
The tribunal held that the ballot papers were neither signed nor stamped by the Independent National Electoral Commission. Consequently, it declared the All Progressives Congress candidate, Nasiru Gawuna, winner of the governorship election.
Dissatisfied with the judgment, Yusuf appealed against the tribunal verdict and urged the court to set aside the judgment.
APC wins ALL seats in Ekiti LGA polls
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has won all the 38 chairmanship and 177 councillorship seats in Ekiti state.
On Saturday, the Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission (EKSIEC) conducted elections in all the LGAs in the state.
According to NAN, returning officers in the LGAs and local council development areas presented the results of the election at the EKSIEC headquarters in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
On Sunday, Cornelius Akintayo, EKSIEC chairman, commended the electorate for their peaceful conduct during the election.
Akintayo also praised political parties in the state for their show of sportsmanship, while applauding media personnel and security agencies for their professionalism.
He listed the political parties that took part in the election as the Action Alliance (AA), Action Democratic Congress (ADC), African Democratic Party (ADP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Others were the Labour Party (LP), the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) and the Zenith Labour Party ZLP.
Earlier, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) had declared that they would not be participating in the council elections.
Court dismisses PDP’s appeal, affirms Alex Otti as Abia state governor
The court of appeal in Lagos, on Saturday, upheld the election of Alex Otti of the Labour Party (LP) as the governor of Abia state.
Okey Ahiwe, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had earlier challenged the outcome of the election at the tribunal.
Ahiwe claimed that Otti was unqualified to run for the election as he was not a registered member of the LP.
He added that the governor forged his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate.
On October 6, the tribunal upheld the election of Otti as the governor of the state.
Reacting to the appeal court’s ruling, Ahiwe, in a statement by Victor Nwokocha, his media adviser, called on party members and supporters to remain calm.
He expressed confidence in God and the judiciary.
He added that his legal team would review the judgment of the appeal court for further action.
“When we embarked on the journey to reclaim our mandate through judicial processes, it was a calculated resolution and we were conscious that the journey would not be a sprint but a peculiar marathon with inevitable twists and turns,” he said.
“Our destination was clearly defined from the onset, and our focus is unchanged. So, at this juncture, our faith in God is renewed, as well as our solid confidence in the judiciary.
“I therefore encourage all my supporters to stay calm, keep praying to God, and look beyond the eclipse of transitional sunset.”
He expressed gratitude to God, his supporters across political party lines, his dynamic legal team, family, friends, and well-wishers.
No sane person will go to tribunal over election results, says Melaye
Dino Melaye, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the just concluded Kogi governorship election, says no sane person will go to the tribunal over the results of an election.
Melaye spoke on Wednesday during a briefing with the media in Abuja.
The politician alleged that the judiciary has been compromised.
“Judiciary is no longer the last hope of the ordinary people,” he said.
“Why should any responsible person go to the tribunal? I have lost complete confidence in the judiciary.”
On November 12, the Independent National Electoral Commission declared Usman Ododo, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the winner of the Kogi governorship election.
Ododo polled 446, 237 votes to defeat Murtala Ajaka of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) who came second with 259,052 votes.
Melaye of the PDP scored 46,362 votes.
During the poll, the PDP candidate had said there were problems in Ogori Magongo LGA and five LGAs in Kogi central.
“That was a huge disappointment because I thought INEC would use this opportunity to redeem its image,” he had said.
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