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Supreme Court Dismisses Tambuwal’s Appeal, Orders Re-trial Of Governor’s Case

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[caption id="attachment_14550" align="alignnone" width="679"]Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Sokoto State Governor[/caption]

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by the Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal to stop court action against his nomination for the 2015 governorship election on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

In an unanimous decision of a five-man panel, the Apex Court held that the nomination of Mr. Tambuwal by his party should be challenged by another governorship aspirant, Umaru Dahiru, on the ground that the latter has sufficient justifiable cause.

The panel led by Justice Musa Dattijo, said allowing such is an act of murder to democracy.

The court also set aside an Appeal Court’s decision that the court action instituted by Dahiru against Tambuwal had been overtaken by events on the strength of his election as the governor of Sokoto state.

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The Supreme Court said the Appeal Court erred in law by holding that the event had overtaken the case simply because the governorship election had been conducted after the primary election.

The court ordered the retrial of the matter at the Federal high court.

Mr. Dahiru had challenged the conduct of the primary election that produced Mr. Tambuwal as candidate of APC on the ground that it was fraught with fraud because the original list of the delegate for primary election was swap in favour of Mr. Tambuwal.

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The Federal High Court in Abuja will now determine the matter.