- The appellate court has dismissed the appeal challenging the March 18 election victory of Governor Fintiri
- The appeal filed by Umar Ardo, the governorship candidate of the SDP, was rejected by the court for lacking substance
- The court upheld the verdict of the state's tribunal and further affirmed that Fintiri was the authentic winner of the Adamawa state governorship election
Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.
Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri defeats SDP at Court of Appeal
As reported by TheCable, the appellate court on Tuesday, November 21, dismissed the appeal filed by the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Umar Ardo, against the electoral victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa state, for lack of merit.
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced and declared Fintiri as the winner of the guber election held on March 18, 2023.
Unhappy with the election result, Ardo approached the tribunal, led by Justice T. O. Uloho, to challenge the validity of Fintiri's victory.
However, the tribunal dismissed the petition, citing incompetence and improper filing.
The appeal court delivers final judgment in favour of Fintiri
In its judgment delivered on Tuesday, the three-member panel of the appeal court, concurred with the tribunal's decision.
The court held that the appellants failed to prove allegations of corrupt practices and non-compliance with the Electoral Act against INEC.
The panel, headed by Justice Ugochukwu Ogaku, concluded that there was no basis to grant the appeal and affirmed the tribunal's decision to dismiss the petition.
“This appeal is bereft of merit. The decision of the Tribunal dismissing the Petition is hereby affirmed,” the court held.
Appeal court delivers judgment on sack of Hyacinth Alia as Benue governor
In a similar development, Legit.ng reported that on Monday, November 20, the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Titus Uba, in the March 18 governorship election in Benue state.
A three-member panel of the court, in a unanimous judgment, on Monday, resolved the three allegations gainst the appellants and held that the appeal was without merit.
Plateau governor reacts as appeal court sacks him
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau state said the verdict of the appeal court that nullified his election was a temporary setback.
Mutfwang expressed optimism that the 'mandate overwhelmingly given to him' by the people of Plateau state would be restored.
He said he has instructed his legal team to file an appeal against the appellant court's verdict at the Supreme Court.
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