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Appeal Court adjourns Abubakar’s case against Bauchi gov, others

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Court of Appeal sitting in Jos, Plateau State has sat for hearing on the case filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the ex-governor of Bauchi State, Mohammad Abubakar who lost in the 2019 governorship election in the state.

Election Petition Tribunal had on October, 7 dismissed the petition of the complainants, APC and Abubakar and upheld the victory of Bala Mohammed as the duly elected Governor of Bauchi State.

During the hearing, lead Counsel to the appellant, Hassan Liman prayed to the court to set aside the judgment of the Tribunal on the ground of “over voting recorded” during the election won by the PDP candidate, Bala Mohammed. Liman urged the Appeal Court to dismiss the judgement of the trial tribunal and declare his client winner of the election or at most, order for a fresh election.

In the reactions of trio’s respondents, INEC, Bala and the PDP, lead Counsel to the Governor, Chris Uche (SAN), lead Counsel to INEC; Illo Sunusi and the lead Counsel to PDP, Ibrahim Isiyaku all submitted that the issue of over voting as claimed by the appellant lacked merit as there was no evidence to back it up. They stressed further that all the party agents agreed and signed the result declare by the INEC. Uche and his colleagues urged the court to dismiss the appeal for lack of merit and affirm the judgement of the trial tribunal, which was in their favour.

Having heard the submissions of all the parties, the five-man panel announced the adjournment of judgement, saying that the date would be communicated to the parties. While reacting, Bauchi State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Ladan Salihu said the presence of the large supporters is an affirmation of the support of the entire citizens of the state for Governor Mohammed.


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