BREAKING: Fresh Twist as SDP’s Ardo Withdraws Appeal against Fintiri’s Re-Election at Supreme Court

BREAKING: Fresh Twist as SDP’s Ardo Withdraws Appeal against Fintiri’s Re-Election at Supreme Court

  • PDP Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa state has been thrown into joy after making an edge at the hearing of the suit seeking to remove him from office
  • This is as Umar Ardo, the SDP governorship candidate in the last election, withdrew his appeal against the governor
  • Ardo had claimed in his petition that there was substantial non-compliance to the electoral act, violation and corrupt practices during the poll

Adamawa Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been elated following the withdrawal of the appeal by Umar Ardo, the flagbearer of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), challenging his re-election.

According to Channels, the SDP candidate was seeking the nullification of the re-election of Fintiri over the claim that there was substantial non-compliance with the Electoral Act, violence during the election, corrupt practices and threats.

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SDP candidate withdraws suit against Governor Fintiri at the Supreme Court Photo Credit: Ahmadu Fintiri
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The SDP's lawyer, Sylvester Imanobe, claimed that the party had 6,000 votes during the poll, but the court noted that there was a difference between the numerical strength and the integrity of the election.

At the end of the hearing, they saw that the formation may not favour them and thus, they hinted to withdraw the appeal against the governor.

In November 2023, the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja dismissed Ardo's petition challenging the re-election of the governor in the 2023 poll.

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Justice Ugochukwu Ogakwu of the appellate court affirmed the decision of the Tribunal which dismissed the appeal filed by Ardo over lack of competence and properly filed.

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The court of appeal held that the allegation of corrupt practices and lack of compliance with the electoral act were not properly justified in the appeal. The allegation was made against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), a defendant in the appeal.

According to the judge, the appeal has no ground to be granted.

Rivers: "I’m heading back to APC", says SDP’s Magnus Abe earlier reported that Magnus Abe, the SDP flagbearer in the Rivers state 2023 governorship election, has said he was on his way to the APC.

Ahead of the election, Abe dumped the APC for the SDP to contest the governorship election but lost to Governor Siminalary Fubara of the PDP.

The former governorship candidate also commented on the rift between Governor Fubara and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike.


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