BY JOSEPH ERUNKE
LAFIA—As Supreme Court delivers its judgment on the disputed result of last governorship election between Governor Alhaji Tanko Al-makura and his predecessor, Alhaji Aliyu Doma,in Nasarawa State, today, politicians loyal to the two political gladiators are in high spirits, as both sides seem so optimistic of victory in the matter.
Alhaji Musa Ilu, a chieftain of the ruling Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, in the state and former Director-General, Tanko Al-Makura Campaign Organisation, told Vanguard, in an interview in Lafia, that Al-Makura and by extension, CPC were heading to victory, as according to him, the arguments of the opposition PDP in the case holds no water.
However, National Vice- Chairman of PDP in the North-Central, Alhaji Yusuf Ayitogo and Nasarawa State Chairman of the party, Chief Yunana Iliya, also expressed confidence that “PDP’s stolen mandate would be restored by the apex court.
The pending judgment was the main topic of discussion in most places in Lafia, Monday, with some trying to analyse the implication of the judgment should there be either nullification or an order for a fresh election by the court.
Former Gov. Doma had dragged his successor, Al-Makura and CPC before the state election tribunal, seeking the nullification of the latter’s victory.
The panel, presided over by Justice Mahmud Muhammad, had fixed Tuesday,March 6, for judgment after parties in the case had adopted their brief of argument.
The plaintiff’s counsel, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, contended that the Court of Appeal in its judgment did not consider issues advanced by parties before it.
According to him, the Court devoted 35 of the 41-page judgment to preliminary issues and objections, arguing that the lower court ought to pronounce on all the issues raised by the appellant and not limiting itself to only one issue which only the Supreme Court enjoys the privilege.
He urged the panel to allow the minority judgment of the tribunal which painstakingly considered all the issues.
But, INEC’s counsel, Hassan Liman, SAN, and Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, said the plaintiffs had failed to show how the lower courts erred in their judgments as they did not show how the number of the pages of the judgment affected justice on the issue.