The court of appeal sitting in Lagos upheld the election Hon. Julius G. Pondi in the same vein as the earlier validation by the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal.
The lawmaker in a statement said the decision of the court of appeal, which pronounced his victory in the March 2023 poll as inviolate, is a clear testament of the goodwill of the people of the Constituency towards his person.
“Just a while ago, I received with joy the reaffirmation of the mandate, which my people of Burutu Federal Constituency gave to me in the 2023 national election.”
Consiquently, he used the opportunity to reiterate his total commitment to the people of Burutu and also to the entire Ijaw nation.
“My victory at the court of appeal is a reaffirmation of a renewed confidence Burutu Federal Constituency and her people repose in me.
“I am grateful to all our youths, our brothers and sisters, as well as the elders who defied all odds to give me their votes.
“As I dedicate this mandate to all my people of Burutu, may I also salute with reverence our leaders and our indomitable leader of all time, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark and all his peers of Ijaw nation for their steadfast support and encouragement for me.”
He pledged that his allegiance and complete loyalty to the cause of our people is not in doubt
“The misbegotten judicial tussle that my opponent embarked upon was very unnecessary. He was on a vain and illusionary journey as it has today led him to another defeat.
“He was only attempting to upturn my victory in the election in which he only won in one ward out of the eleven wards of the federal Constituency.
He commended the judiciary for upholding the truth and rejecting the hallucination of victory by my opponent.
“In spite of any contrary view, I summit that by my victory today at the court of appeal, there is yet hope for impartiality in the nation’s jurisprudence.”
Appeal Court Sacks Nasarawa speaker
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has sacked the Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a judgement delivered on Tuesday, the court declared the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Hon. Sa’ad Abdullahi Ibrahim (Turakin-Opanda), as the rightful winner of the election for Umaisha/Ugya State Constituency.
Appeal Court affirms Hyacinth Alia’s victory as Benue Governor
The Court of Appeal, sitting in Abuja, on Monday, upheld the election of Hyacinth Alia as declared by INEC after the March 18th, 2023 election as governor of Benue State
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the March 18 governorship election, Titus Uba, had approached the appellate court to set aside the judgment of the tribunal that upheld Alia’s election.
At the tribunal, Uba accused Alia’s deputy, Samuel Ode, of presenting a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) contrary to Section 182(1)(j) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended)
He also alleged that Alia’s name was submitted less than 180 days before the election date, and Ode was also not submitted to INEC after the party conducted a further re-run primary election.
A three-member panel of the tribunal, headed by Justice Ibrahim Karaye, dismissed the petition on the ground that it was a pre-election matter and was statute-barred.
Ruling on the appeal on Monday, the appeal court’s three-member panel led by Justice Onyekachi Aja Otisi held that Uba failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt the allegations of forgery against Ode
As long as God remains on the throne our mandate will be preserved, says Mutfwang
Plateau Governor, Caled Mutfwang spoken with confidence that as long as God remains on the throne, the people’s mandate will be preserved and protected as he reiterated his commitment to the rule of law, while assuring the people that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Mutfwang who was reacting to the Appeal Court judgement that sacked him on Sunday described the verdict as a temporary setback that will not deter him from repositioning the state.
“We have unwavering faith in the judiciary and the Constitution of Nigeria,” he added.
The Governor said he has instructed his legal team to file an appeal at the Supreme Court, admonishing citizens of the state and PDP supporters to remain calm.
Mutfwang gave the indication in a press statement signed by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Gyang Bere, expressed optimism that the mandate overwhelmingly given to him by the citizens would be restored.
Mutfwang polled 525,299 votes in the March 18 governorship election in the state, while Goshwe polled 481,370 votes.
Goshwe challenged the victory of Mutfwang at the tribunal, claiming that the Governor was not validly nominated and sponsored by his Party, insisting there was non-compliance with the Electoral Act in the election.
In a unanimous decision, a three-member panel of the tribunal headed by Justice R. Irele-Ifijeh dismissed the petition for lacking in merit.
Displeased with the judgment, the APC candidate appealed the tribunal judgment.
The appellate court ruling on Sunday, led by Justice Elfrieda Williams-Dawodu, held that the PDP did not validly sponsor the Governor during the election.
She held that the Party violated a court order to conduct a valid Congress in that state’s 17 Local Government Areas.
She said there was no evidence that the PDP complied with a subsisting High Court order which had directed it to conduct a valid party congress before sponsoring the governorship and other candidates.
The court held that the issue of qualification is both a pre-election and a post-election matter contrary to the tribunal’s findings, which held that the appellant lacked the locus to contest the validity of the respondent.
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