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Appeal Court reserves judgment on Ishaku's election

21 December 2015, 20:03

Abuja - The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Monday reserved judgment in an appeal filed by Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba against the nullification of his electoral victory by a tribunal.

Justice Abdul Aboki said the court would later announce the date for the judgment in the appeal.

The appeal by Ishaku followed the judgment of the Taraba Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on November 7 and awarded victory to Aisha Alhassan of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Kanu Agabi (SAN), Counsel to Ishaku, raised four issues in the appeal.

Also read: Gov. Ishaku to appeal tribunal verdict

He said the petition was not accompanied by valid statements as the respondents claimed that it was the fault of the registry.

Agabi said the respondents claimed that the election was marred with corruption yet claimed victory in the election.

He said the respondents also pleaded that Ishaku was not sponsored by the party but later agreed that his sponsorship was not supported by any fact.

He complained that 51 witnesses of the appellant were not reviewed by the tribunal and urged their lordships to allow the appeal.

Solo Akuma (SAN), Counsel to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Joseph Daudu (SAN), Counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) urged the court to allow Ishaku’s appeal.

However, Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN), Counsel to Alhassan, filed a cross appeal, saying INEC had no right to clear a candidate for election. 

He urged the court to dismiss Ishaku’s appeal and uphold the tribunal’s judgment.




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