The Court of Appeal in Abuja rejected the appeal of the Social Democratic Party’s governorship candidate, Umar Ardo, against the election victory of Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of the People’s Democratic Party, on Tuesday.
Ardo, dissatisfied with the election results, petitioned the tribunal for the nullification of Fintiri’s election on the grounds that the poll violated the Electoral Act.
However, the tribunal’s Chairman, Justice T. O. Uloho, dismissed the petition as incompetent and improperly filed.
In his judgment on Tuesday, Justice Ugochukwu Ogaku of the Appeal Court agreed with the tribunal that the appellants did not prove the allegations of corrupt practices and non-compliance to the Electoral Act, against INEC.
He said there was no basis to grant the appeal.
“This appeal is bereft of merit. The decision of the Tribunal dismissing the Petition is hereby affirmed. The parties are to bear their costs,” the court held.