Supreme Court Confirms Bello as Niger Governor after Legal Battle


The Supreme Court has affirmed Abubakar Sani Bello as the governor of Niger State in the judgment delivered by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, the appellant did not participate in the election, even though he is an APC card-carrying member.
The court declared that the case by a governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mustapha Babangida, lacked merit.
Mr. Babangida had asked the apex court to nullify the election of Governor Bello and called for a fresh election.
He earlier dragged the APC to the Federal High Court in Minna, claiming among other reliefs that the party was biased and that the governor’s emergence as the APC flag bearer was null and void.
Ruling on the case with Suit No. FHC/Minna/255/2015 and dated February 3, 2016, Justice Onnoghen said after considering the issues, citing the case of Audu and Nyako and Section 87 sub-section 9 of the Electoral Act, 2010, the appellant did not participate, neither did he fail in the elections.

The CJN prepared the lead judgment and mandated the presiding judge, Justice Kumai Bayang Akaahs, to read the judgment, saying the appellant had no right to take the matter to court.
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