From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi
The Federal Court of Appeal Jos Division has set aside the judgement of the Bauchi State National Assembly election petition tribunal by upholding the election of Umar Abdulkadir Sarki of People Redemption Party (PRP) as member representing Katagum Federal Constituency in the house of representatives.
The National Assembly election petition tribunal sitting in Bauchi had on August 29 nullified the election of the Honorable member on ground that the election ought to have been declared inconclusive as there were cancellation of results in seven polling units wherein the number of total registered voters exceed the margin of lead between him and Ibrahim Baba of APC who was the runner up in the election.
Not satisfied with the judgement, Honorable Sarki file an appeal in the Court of Appeal Jos division on five grounds. However, Honorable Baba of APC also filed cross appeal meaning that he is not satisfied with the judgement of the tribunal, which was dismissed by the court on ground of filing out of time.
While adopting briefs on 2nd October, the appellant sought the the court to strike out the 1st-5th respondents’ brief having been filed out of time, and the court ruled in favor of the appellant .
A copy of the judgement which was distributed to reporters in Bauchi by Mukhtar Muhammad Esq said that
In a unanimous judgement delivered by the chairman of the panel Justice Boloukuromo Moses Ugo ruled issue 1 and 2 in favor of the appellant, while other issues are academic exercise.
Responding to the judgement, whike speaking with reporters bHonorable Sarki expressed satisfaction with the judgement and commended the judges for their dedication and timely passage of the judgement adding that judges like them are blessing to the nation’s judiciary as they restores its reputation as the last hope for the common man.
He thanked the people of Katagum for trusting him with their mandate and promised to serve them to the best of his ability.
Effort to get the comment of Hon Ibrahim Mohammed Baba failed his supporter Bappale Katagum said they will study the judgement and advised their supporters to remain calm.