Election Tribunal: Court rules in favour of Governor Sani Bello

Justice Adama Jauro of the Court of
Appeal, Abuja, has delivered its judgment in an interlocutory appeal
filed by the Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, who
is the 1st respondent in the election petition filed by Umar Nasko and
the PDP, challenging the refusal of the governorship election petition
tribunal to rule on a motion he had filed and moved at the tribunal.
The court of appeal agreed with the position taken by the tribunal to
delay its ruling on the motion and take same together with the final
The Ist respondent at the tribunal had filed a motion challenging the competence of the petition on the grounds that
the case of the petitioners was incurably incompetent as the issues
raised by the petitioners had been litigated upon at the federal high
court and judgment entered in favour of the 1st Respondent, which
judgment was affirmed by the court of appeal. In moving the said
motion, counsel for the 1st respondent had urged the tribunal to
either dismiss the petition or strike out the offending paragraphs of
the petition. ADVERTISEMENT Counsel for the 1st respondent/Appellant,
J. S. Okutepa, SAN, thanked the court for its judgment.

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