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Appeal Court to revisit ruling on Niger guber case

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri

ABUJA — The last may not have been heard over the controversies trailing the 2007 governorship election in Niger State, as an Appeal Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday, agreed to re-constitute a five-man panel of Justices, to re-visit its earlier ruling, which had declared Governor Babangida Aliyu as the winner of that state’s gubernatorial poll.

The appellate court took this decision yesterday, sequel to a motion by the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) 2007 governorship candidate, David Umoru, who faulted the earlier judgment of the five Justices of the Appeal Court, who had on January 19, 2009, ruled in favour of the incumbent governor.

The ANPP candidate, who argued through his counsel, Chief Mike Ahamba (SAN), contended that the earlier judgment was fundamentally flawed, alleging that the five-man panel of Justices failed to review all the tendered evidence in the case, before it passed its judgment on January 19, 2009.

He went further to plead with the Justice Mary Odili-led three-man panel that sat over his appeal yesterday, to go ahead and set aside the January 19 judgment on the premises that he was denied fair hearing and justice by the previous five-man panel of justices who sat over the matter ab-initio.


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