Supreme Court Judgment: Ganduje, Tambuwal Scale Through, To Remain As Governors
By Iheme Kelechi 1 month ago
File Photo: (Governor Abdullahi Ganduje)
The Supreme Court on Monday, 20th January 2020 upheld the election of Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as the duly elected and properly declared Governor of Kano state.
The judgment delivered by a 7-man panel of the apex court was unanimous that Ganduje was duly elected as governor in the February governorship election.
The Supreme Court thus, endorsed the earlier judgment of the Election Tribunal and the Appeal Court which ruled in favour of Ganduje.
Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abba Kabir Yusuf had challenged the election of Ganduje and wanted the apex court to declare him winner of the poll.
Justice Sylvester Ngwuta held, in the lead judgment that the appellant failed to provide any cogent reason to warrant the setting aside of the earlier decisions of the lower courts, which upheld Ganduje's election.
Also the Supreme Court has affirmed Aminu Tambuwal of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the winner of the last governorship election in Sokoto State.
The apex court also gave its ruling on Monday after dismissing an appeal filed to challenge Tambuwal’s re-election by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state, Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto for lacking in meritRelated: EFCC Vs Sani: Two Bank Witnesses Fail To Indict Senator Shehu Sani
A seven-man panel of justices of the court led by Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad, held that the appellant failed to present any credible evidence to support his petition against the outcome of the governorship election.
The Sokoto State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal had on Oct. 2, 2019, dismissed the petition against Tambuwal.
But dissatisfied with the tribunal judgment, the APC, through its lead counsel, Dr Alex Iziyon (SAN) appealed the judgment on three grounds of non-compliance with electoral laws, over-voting and other irregularities.
However, Justice Musa Abba-Ajji who delivered the lead judgement on Monday noted that Ahmed Aliyu produced 12 witnesses before the tribunal, 11 made their statements in Hausa language while the English version was tendered in evidence.
The apex court also stated that the appellant failed to tender the original version of the statements he tendered in evidence and also failed to produce the translator to confirm the authenticity of the 11 statements.
The apex court held that the appellant was unable to prove that the election was invalid by virtue of non-compliance with the Electoral Act.
The apex court also held that he failed to discharge the onus placed on him by the law, and accordingly dismissed the appeal marked SC/1466/19.
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