Court nullifies Wamakko

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NEW NIGERIAN

April 12, 2008

 

Court nullifies Wamakko’s election

By MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Kaduna & Abubakar Imam, Sokoto
 

THE Court of Appeal sitting in Kaduna yesterday nullified the election of Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aliyu Magatarda Wamakko and ordered the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Alhaji Abdullahi Balarabe Salame to be sworn in as the state acting governor pending the conduct of a re-run election in the state.

Delivering the lead judgement, Justice Ahmed Belgore said from all the submissions, Governor Wamakko was not qualified to contest the April 14, 2007 gubernatorial election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) because as at when he was nominated by the PDP, he was still a member of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) which had also nominated him as their gubernatorial candidate.

Belgore said such was an act of multiple registration contrary to Section 38 of the Electoral Act and Section 171(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He added that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducted an act of irresponsibility and betrayal of the masses confidence by not rejecting the nomination of Wamakko’s who was also nominated by ANPP for the same election.

Belgore also stated that INEC allocated votes to 14 parties while only 10 parties contested the April 2007 gubernatorial election in Sokoto State and therefore set aside the judgement of the Election Petitions Tribunal in Sokoto State.

He ordered a re-run election within 90 days to be contested by all parties and candidates that participated in the April 2007 election in the state and also awarded a cost of 50,000 Naira against the first and second respondents in the appeal.

The judgement was supported by the presiding judge, Justice Amina Adamu Bulkachuwa and Justice Abubakar Gumel and Justice Yusuf Aboki.

The appeal was filed by Alhaji Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi, the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) gubernatorial aspirant at the April 2007 election, challenging the return of Wamakko as governor of Sokoto State.

Meanwhile, Speaker of the Sokoto state Houne of Assembly,Alhaji Abdullahi Balarabe Salame has been sworn in as acting governor of the state, following yesterday’s verdict of the Appeal court that nullified Wamakko’s election.

The Grand Khadi of the state,Alhaji Abdulkadir Sa’idu Tambuwal performed the swearing in ceremony which was attended by all members of the state House of Assembly, members of the state executive council,politicians and well wishers.
In his speach, the acting governor urged the people of the state to remain calm and accept the verdict in good faith.

He assured them that PDP is still in control and by the grace of God it would remain in control of the state, appealing for the sustainance of peace so as to achieve a peaciful conduct of election.

 

…upholds Dakingari’s election

By MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Kaduna

THE court of Appeal sitting in Kaduna yesterday upheld the election of Alhaji Saidu Usman Nasamu Dakingari of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the governor of Kebbi State setting aside the judgement of the Election Petition Tribunal in Kebbi State that earlier annulled the election.

The judgement which was read by the presiding judge, Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa was supported by Justices Yusuf Aboki and Abdulrahman Belgore but Justice Abubakar Gumel, had a different view.

Bulkachuwa in her judgement averred that the Election Petitions Tribunal in Kebbi State erred when it based its reasons for the annulment of the election on pre-election issues such as the qualification of a candidate of a political party.

She added that the lower tribunal lacked the jurisdiction to decide pre-election matters, saying Section 177(c) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria only requires a party membership to contest an election.

The presiding judge therefore dismissed the judgement of the lower tribunal and affirmed the election of Dakingari as the duly elected governor of Kebbi State.

The court had earlier dismissed an appeal by Senator Faruq Bello Bunza of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) gubernatorial candidate at the April 2007 election for lack of merit.

Aboki said the appeal by the ANPP’s candidate was not able to prove that Dakingari was not sponsored by the PDP and that Dakingari having withdrawn from the ANPP on February 2, 2007 met the requirements of the 60 days stipulated by law to be nominated by the PDP.

He added that the allegation of ballot box stuffing can only be proved by bringing the stuffed box and the petitioner failed to prove all his allegations against Dakingari.

 

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2 Responses to “Court nullifies Wamakko”

  1. governor aliyu wamakko is a gay,he raped me because am pooor

  2. WE THE SOKOTO PEOPLE HATE HIM ND HIS LOVER UMARU DAHIRU TAMBUWAL

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