- Governor, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi state has been declared the rightful winner of the 2014 primary election by the Supreme Court after four years of trial
- The apex court's ruling came after an appeal filed by Abubakar to set aside an appeal court ruling in Jos
- The state government, describing the verdict as a victory for truth, said that this has paved the way for the governor to continue with his beneficial administration
The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, July 24, delivered its verdict that Governor Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi state was duly elected by All Progressives Congress (APC) member to become the flag bearer in the 2014 primary polls. This was coming after four years of trial on the case, Vanguard reports.
The Supreme Court's verdict followed an appeal filed by the Abubakar to set aside an appeal court ruling in Jos, which delivered a contrary judgment in favour of Abdullahi Tanko.
The Appeal Court had ruled that it was Tanko that was returned as the winner of the APC, primaries in December 2014, which prompted the governor to appeal the judgment to the Supreme Court.
Justice Sidi Bage, delivering the judgment, set aside the judgment of the Court of Appeal and adhered to the Federal High Court’s ruling that returned Abubakar as the winner of the primary election.
In its reaction to the judgement of the apex court, the state government described the verdict as a victory for truth, which has cleared the way for the governor to continue with his quality leadership for the people.
A statement by Ali Ali, Abubakar's special adviser on media and strategy, said: "We are happy that this lingering matter, which was a mere distraction, has finally been laid to rest so that our governor, who means well for the people of this state, can extend his people-oriented service and democracy dividends to more and more people.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Nuhu Gidado who was the deputy governor of Bauchi state had tendered his resignation. The deputy governor reportedly resigned on Wednesday, May 23.
Gidado’s departure brought to three the number of high-ranking officials that had left Governor Abubakar’s cabinet.
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