Supreme Court Affirms Abubakar Bello’s Victory As Niger Governor
Governor Abubakar Bello
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Supreme Court Affirms Abubakar Bello’s Victory As Niger Governor

David Ugbabe

The Supreme Court, on Wednesday, upheld the election of Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State.

The Court of Appeal in a unanimous judgment delivered by a five-man panel of judges, affirmed the governor's victory.

Justice Oyebisi Omoleye, who read the lead judgment, insisted that election matters must be concluded within the 180 days prescribed by law, as stipulated by Section 294 Sub-section 2 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

The court held that the appeal filed by Mohammed Nasko of the Peoples Democratic Party lacked jurisdiction to entertain judgment against Mr Bello, as the appellants failed to conclude their petition within 180 days.

Therefore, the court dismissed the appeal filed by Mohammed Nasko of the Peoples Democratic Party to challenge the victory of Bello of the All Progressives Congress in the March 2019 election.

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