- PDP has again defeated APC in Adamawa state
- The Court of Appeal sitting in Yola on Thursday, December 5, upheld the election of Governor Ahmad Fintiri
- APC, however, said that it would approach the Supreme Court for redress
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has been defeated as the Court of Appeal sitting in Yola, the capital of Adamawa state, affirmed Governor Ahmad Umaru Fintiri as the winner of March 9, governorship election in the state.
Sun reports that the appeal court upheld the earlier judgment delivered by the governorship election tribunal in favour of Fintiri
Legit.ng gathered that the tribunal had earlier dismissed the motion filed by the APC against the election of Fintiri on the grounds that the petitioner failed to prove allegations of electoral irregularities.
The court presided over by Justice Ali B. Gumel dismissed the appeal by the APC and affirmed Fintiri as duly elected governor in the last election.
Delivering his judgement, Justice Ali Gumel ruled that the main appeal on six issues were distilled from 19 grounds.
“First being whether the tribunal was right to have held that the non joinder of the former governor Mohammed Jibrilla in the petition was fatal and incompetent. The Appeal Panel set aside the ruling of the lower tribunal and allowed issue one to succeed.
“Issues 2,3,4,5 and 6 were dismissed entirely. By virtue of that the appeal in itself fails and consequently dismissed affirming the judgement of the lower tribunal which a cross appeal by the PDP which was further dismissed by the appeal court,” the court ruled.
Reacting to the ruling, the APC state organising secretary in the state, Ahmad Lawan, said the party would approach the Supreme Court for redress.
“We are waiting to receive the judgement for the next line of action. But we will definitely go to the Supreme Court to retrieve our mandate,” he said.
Commenting on the judgment, Governor Fintiri described it as affirmation of the mandate of the electorate given to him.
He assured the people of Adamawa of his unrelenting effort to serve through execution of developmental projects in the state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that an election case brought against Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers was, on Monday, December 2, thrown out by an appeal court sitting in Port Harcourt, capital of the state.
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