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Published On: Thu, Jan 16th, 2020

S/Court Ruling: No cause for alarm -Gov Fintiri

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From Umar Dankano, Yola

The Supreme Court judgment that sacked ex-governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State has in no way rattled Adamawa State government, Senior Special Adviser on Public Affairs to Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, Barr Joshuwa Wugira said.
The Supreme Court has yesterday quashed the election of Ihedioha and declared Hope Uzodinma as the substantive governor of Imo State in a landmark judgement which took the nation by storm.
In a phone chat with our reporter, Wugira who is a legal practitioner, dismissed optimism by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa State in the wake of the Imo ruling, saying that the cases presented in the two states are completely opposite.
“The two cases are not even close to each other. So there is no cause for concern. Nobody is even worried.
“Those that are making noise are political jobbers who want to capitalize on the judgement to derive personal gains.
“The case that hope Uzodinma brought was completely different from the one presented by the APC.
“Uzodinma has presented result sheets and witnesses to convince the court that votes belonging to him were excluded during counting in the governorship election.
“But APC in Adamawa complained that card readers were not used, adding there was massive irregularities, but yet cannot produce a single witness to prove their case,” he said.
The Adamawa State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Yola on October 11, 2019 dismissed the petition filed by All Progressives Congress challenging the election of Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The tribunal, headed by Justice Adediran Adebara, while giving its judgment on the petition on Friday, declared that the petition was dismissed because it lacked merit.
The tribunal chairman said the petitioner also failed to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt.
Adebara said the petitioner could not prove the case of over-voting and non-compliance with the Electoral Act, as well as irregularities during the March 2019 re-run governorship election.
The judge averred that even the witnesses of the petitioner were inconsistent in their submissions, prompting him to discard their submissions.
Similarly, the Appeal Court sitting in Yola on December 5, 2019, affirmed the earlier judgment by the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal upholding the victory of Adamawa state governor, Ahmad Umaru Fintiri.
The tribunal had earlier dismissed the motion filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the election of Fintiri on the grounds that the petitioner failed to prove allegations of electoral irregularities.
The court presided over by Justice Ali B. Gumel dismissed the appeal by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and affirmed Fintiri as duly elected governor.
The APC state organizing secretary, Ahmad Lawan, however said the party would approach the Supreme Court for redress.
“We are waiting to receive the judgement for the next line of action. But we will definitely go to the Supreme Court to retrieve our mandate,” he said.

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