Appeal Court Upholds The Victory Of Governor Simon Lalong,Sen Bala Mohammad Of Bauchi

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Yakubu Busari

 

The Appeal court  sitting  Jos the  Plateau State capital  has upheld  the decision  of the  election  tribunal  judgement of Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State and  that of Sen Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state on Friday  for they said  the suit  is  lacking in   merit.

 

 

The five man panel in their  judgment of 3 against  two   said the governor Simon Lalong was eminently  qualify  to contest  for the  2019 governorship  seat because  the highest  requirement  for him to contest  for election   is WACE, GCE of  which  he has obtained it in 1980  .

 

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They added  that  the governor  in form CF001 he didn’t  give INEC  accurate  information  data of himself  so the counsel  to Jeremiah Timbut Useni  ,Chief Mike  Ozekhome faults information he gave   on oath  .

 

However,  four issues  were formulated  for judgement  which  they entered  judgement  in favour  of Governor Simon Bako Lalong  ,based on the judgment  of the  lower tribunal  dated  24th October, 2019.

 

 

They jurist pointed out that  allegations  of mass rigging  ,fortitude  of results  was not prove,Useni wasn’t  satisfied  with  it ran to approach  appellant court seeking  for the court to set aside the victory  of Governor Simon Bako Lalong for furnishing  INEC with  wrong  information.

 

 

The issue  for determination  are for judgement  will  deliver under the provisions of the constitution  of Nigeria, 2010 amended,

 

It’s clear that the appeal court in APC,  Governor’s Lalong against Useni for cross appeal was dismissed  in favour of defeated  PDP  and her candidate

 

Counsel to the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), in Plateau State, said he would not accept the judgement of the Appeal Court, which dismissed his client’s petition on lack of merit and re-affirmed the election of Simon Lalong as governor of Plateau State.

 

, Barr. Edward Pwajok SAN, said  that the team of lawyers for the PDP and it candidate are not certified with the decision of the Appellant  Court, are going  prepared  to approach the supreme court for justice.

 

 

The court , dismissed the petition of Gen. Jeremiah Useni, candidate of the PDP against the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Governor Simon Lalong.

 

In his reaction to the judgement, deputy governor of Plateau State, Prof. Sonni Tyoden,  called on their opponents to join hands with their administration to join their hands to  develop the  state.

 

One of the contending issues in the petition of the PDP against APC candidate was the alleged non-qualification of Governor Lalong to contest the governorship elections, because he, Governor Lalong, changed his name from Sule Simon Bako to Simon Bako Lalong.

 

 

The panel of five Judges at Appeal Court ruled that there was no law that prohibits anyone from changing names, once there was a court Affidavit to attest that it is the same person bearing the new name.

 

According to Pwajok, the PDP candidate, Gen. Useni, won the elections but that INEC declared his opponent Simon Lalong of APC winner of the said poll.

 

However, counsel to the APC and Governor Lalong, Garba Pwul SAN, said the verdict of the Appeal Court was an affirmation of the Plateau electorates who elected them.

 

Barr. Pwul said his team of lawyers was ready to prosecute the case at the Supreme Court.

 

The counsel to APC however said the approach of the PDP to the supreme Court might be fruitless efforts, according to him the decision of the supreme Court might not be differ from the two Courts and INEC.

 

It will be recalled that, the low tribunal had sent parking the petition of Gen Jeremiah Useni and PDP; Similarly the appeal court sitting in Jos subsequently re-affirmed the victory of governor Lalong as declared by INEC and the lower tribunal.

 

There was jubilation by APC party supporters in Plateau state, singing songs of victory.

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