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Supreme Court orders retrial of petition against Gombe governor's election

28 October 2015, 18:09

Abuja - Few days after the Gombe State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal affirmed the election of the state governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered a re-trial of the petition against the election of the governor, reports Vanguard.

The tribunal had dismissed the petition filed by the African Democratic Congress (ADC), challenging the victory of Dankwambo in the April 11 governorship elections on the grounds that the petitioner’s lawyer wrongly spelt his name in the petition.

The petitioner’s lawyer had signed the petition as Sam Kagbo whereas on the roll of lawyers, the name is Sam Peter Kagbo.

Also read: Gombe Governorship Tribunal orders INEC to release documents to parties

Dankwambo’s counsel raised objection to that effect and prayed the tribunal to dismiss the petition.

The tribunal agreed and consequently dismissed the petition.

Not satisfied with the ruling, the ADC approached the Court of Appeal challenging the decision.

The Court of Appeal ordered the tribunal to re-try the petition.

Dakwambo equally approached the apex court seeking to set aside the decision of the Court of Appeal.

In the lead judgment of the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun held that the tribunal was wrong to have dismissed the petition on ground of technicalities.

The apex court, however, returned the petition to the tribunal to be tried on its merit.

- News 24


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