ADAMAWA, Nigeria – The Court of Appeal sitting in Yola, Adamawa State, has overturned the judgment of the election tribunal in the state which earlier nullified the elections of the members representing Mubi North and Mubi South local government areas respectively in the Adamawa State House of Assembly.
The Appeal Court on Friday in Yola set aside the judgements of the tribunal as they affected Hon Musa Umar Bororo of Mubi North and Hon Shuaibu Langaga of Mubi South and declared that they were validly elected.
Musa Umar Bororo was dragged to court after he won his state constituency election on the allegation that he used Bororo, a nickname, as an official name, and that he was using a forged primary school certificate.
Against the claims, the headmaster of his former primary school and principal of the secondary school he graduated from were in court and a DSS report was also tendered as witnesses for him.
Justice Chidi Nwaoma Uwa who presided over the case, said a nickname is something anyone can bear and be known by as one’s name.
She reiterated that the use of a nickname as part of one’s official name should not be a basis to remove someone who was duly elected.
In his response after the judgment, Hon Musa said, “The judgment was unbiased to all parties. I lost at the tribunal and the Appeal Court gave me back my mandate. This is to say that justice is undeniable if you are honest.”
Also, the Appeal Court judgement favoured Hon Shuaibu Langaga of Mubi South who was earlier alleged to have faked a primary school certificate.
All witnesses were in court and proved that his certificate was genuine.