Supreme Court Reserves Judgment On Binani’s Suit Against Adamawa Governor
The Supreme Court has reserved judgment in the appeal by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, Aisha Dahiru, popularlyBinani, against the Ahmadu Fintiri.
The tribunal and Court of Appealdismissed Binani’s petition challenging in the governorship election held last year.
The five-member panel led by John Okoro adjourned the matter for judgment after listening to the arguments of the parties involved in the matter.
that the controversial declaration by the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Hudu Ari, was lawful.
Monday’s decision came months after the Court of Appeal affirmed the victory of Fintiri of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as Governor of Adamawa State and dismissed Binani’s challenge as lacking in merit.
It also awardedFintiri and the PDP against Binani.
That judgment aligned with theon October dismissed Binani’s petition for failing to prove her allegations of over-voting by not tendering documents to prove her the
Before the legal tussle, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared dramatic governorship poll.winner of a
Fintiri polled 9,337 votes besting Senator ‘Binani’ who scored 6,513 votes.
But in a controversial move, Ari, whileprematurely declared Binani as the This was contrary to Section 25 of the Electoral Act, gives only the returning officer the right to declare election results for governorship polls.
Immediately after the announcement, INEC declared theno effect. It thereafter suspended the collation of results of the supplementary election in invited the REC, Returning Officer, and all officials involved to report to the Commission’s Headquarters in Abuja.
police authorities arrested Ari, confirming that the INEC REC was in their custody. He is still in court facing charges.