January 18, 2024

Gombe Gov Tussle: Supreme Court slates Friday for judgement

Breaking: Supreme Court validates election of Gov Yahaya of Gombe State

….reserves judgement on Kaduna governorship dispute

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri, Abuja

The Supreme Court has fixed Friday to deliver judgement on an appeal that seeks to nullify the election of Governor Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State.

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its candidate, Mohammed Barde, are praying the apex court to set aside the concurrent verdict of the Court of Appeal and the Gombe State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, which dismissed the case they filed to challenge the declaration of Governor Yahaya of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as the winner of the gubernatorial poll that was held in the state on March 18, 2023.

A five-member panel of the apex court, led by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, okayed the electoral dispute for judgement after all the parties adopted their briefs of argument.

Meanwhile, the court dismissed another appeal that was filed against Governor Yahaya’s election by the candidate of the African Democratic Congress, ADC, Nafiu Bala.

The appellant withdrew the matter after the Supreme Court panel drew attention to the fact that the case contained pre-election issues.

In a related development, the court also reserved its judgement on Kaduna state governorship election dispute.

The PDP and its candidate, Mohammed Ashiru, are praying the court to sack Governor Uba Sani, who won his election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

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