NIGER, Nigeria – The Supreme Court has affirmed the election of Abubakar Bello as the governor of Niger State.
The apex court dismissed the appeal filed by Mohammed Nasko of the Peoples Democratic Party challenging the victory of Bello of the All Progressives Congress in the March 2019 election.
The Court of Appeal in a unanimous judgment delivered by a five-man panel of justices, affirmed Bello’s victory.
It held that it lacked jurisdiction to entertain judgment against Mr. Bello as the appellants failed to conclude their petition within 180 days, as stipulated by Section 294 Sub-section 2 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
Justice Oyebisi Omoleye, who read the lead judgment, insisted that election matters must be concluded within the 180 days prescribed by law.