S’ Court Affirms Lamido’s Victory

Lamido-17_9_11THE Supreme Court yesterday put a judicial seal on the victory of Alhaji Sule Lamido at the April governorship election in Jigawa State.

In doing so, the apex court dismissed the appeal brought by the Action Congress of Nigeria {ACN] challenging the decision of the election tribunal and the Court of Appeal, which had upheld the victory of Lamido.

Earlier, the Jigawa State Governorship Election tribunal had upheld the victory of Lamido at the polls. But a dissatisfied ACN approached the Court of Appeal to set it aside and was unsuccessful as the court also affirmed the decision of the tribunal. Again not satisfied, ACN approached the apex court seeking to set aside the decision of the lower court.

In a unanimous verdict of a five-man panel headed by Justice Mohammed Mahmud, the apex court held that it had gone through the processes filed and the argument of counsel and had come to the conclusion that the appeal lacked merit.  Justice Mahmud added that the lower courts were right in their concurrent decision, which upheld the victory of Lamido.

The court has however fixed February 24, 2012 to give reasons for its decision. The ACN had challenged the victory of Lamido on grounds that he presented fake secondary school result to the Independent National Electoral Commission {INEC} and that the election was full of irregularities and malpractice.

The tribunal had dismissed the petition on grounds that the petitioner failed to proof its case beyond reasonable doubt. The appellate court also agreed with the tribunal that the appeal lacked merit and hence dismissed it.

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