Court of Appeal upholds elections of 8 Sokoto lawmakers




The Court of Appeal sitting in Sokoto, Thursday, dismissed the appeals filed against the elections of the Majority Leader of the Sokoto state House of Assembly, Alhaji Bello Ambarura, and seven others.

Blueprint recalled that Alhaji Dayyabu Kalmalo of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had gone to the appellate court seeking to upturn Ambarura’s who won the Illela constituency seat under the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Kalmalo’s petition was earlier thrown out by the state Assembly petition tribunal.

In the judgement read by Justice Fatima Akinbanmi, the three man panel led by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa, said the court affirmed the decision of the tribunal and consequently dismissed the appeal for lacking in merit.

In a similar judgment delivered by Justice Akinbanmi, the court dismissed the appeal filed by Alhaji Nasiru Assara of the PDP, against the of Abdullahi Sidi, representing Gwadabawa South constituency in the state Assembly.

The court also awarded N20, 000 cost in favour of each of the three respondents.

Also, the court has dismissed an appeal by PDP’s Habibu Gidan-Kaya against the election of Muhammadu Idris of APC, representing Gwababawa North constituency in the state Assembly.

Justice Akinbanmi said the court also awarded N50, 000 cost in favour of each of the three respondents.

In another unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Hamma Akawu, the court dismissed the appeal filed by Mohammed Tukur of the PDP against the election of Aminu Bodai of the APC, representing Dange/Shuni state Assembly constituency.

Justice Hamma stated that the court affirmed the decision of the tribunal that the petition was statute-barred.

The court had also dismissed the appeal filed by Aminu Gidado of the APC, against the election of Malami Ahmed of the PDP, representing Sokoto South I constituency.

Similarly, Justice Hamma ruled that the court had dismissed the appeal filed by Malami Galadanchi of the APC, against the election of Buhari Halliru of the PDP, representing Sokoto North I, constituency in the state Assembly.

Also the appeal filed by Bashir Dahiru of the APC, against the election of Sule Romo of the PDP, representing Tambuwal West Constituency in the state Assembly was also dismissed by the Court, as delivered by Justice Hamma.

Similarly, the judgment delivered by Justice Saulawa, dismissed the appeal filed by Abdulwahab Yahaya of the PDP, against the election of Faruku Ahmad of the APC for Goronyo constituency seat and awarded N100, 000 cost in favour of the 1st and 2nd respondents. (NAN)

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