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Supreme Court Dismisses ADC's Appeal against Gombe Gov, Mohammed Yahaya.

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the appeal filed by candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Nafiu Bala, against the election of Muhammad Yahaya, as Governor of Gombe State.

A five-member panel of the apex court led by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun dismissed the appeal, shortly after it was withdrawn by the appellants.

Meanwhile, the apex court has adjourned to Friday for judgment in the other appeal filed by Jibrin Barde of the People's Democratic Party (PDP).
Galaxy tv reports that the panel fixed Friday for judgment shortly after parties adopted and argued their briefs of arguments in the appeal which expires on Sunday January 21.
At the hearing, the apex court panel confronted counsel to the ADC and Bala's lawyer, Mr. Herbert Nwoye on the incompetence of his client's case and the need not to waste the court's time.

Nwoye subsequently applied to withdraw the appeal which was not opposed by the respondents and was accordingly dismissed
The Court of Appeal in Abuja had in November last year affirmed the election of Muhammad Yahaya as Governor of Gombe State.

The appellate court had affirmed Yahaya's election shortly after dismissing two separate appeals challenging his declaration as winner of the March 18 governorship election in the state.
On the Appeal against the victory of Governor Uba Sanni of Kaduna State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) asked the Supreme Court to ignore the appeal brought before it by the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate, Mohammed Ashiru Isa.

INEC and APC in separate preliminary objections against hearing of the appeal insisted that the petition by PDP and Isa is incompetent and worthless to be considered for adjudication.

At the Thursday's proceedings, the two respondents drew the attention of the apex court to the findings by the Kaduna State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal and the Court of Appeal to the effect that the petition was not filed in line with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022.

Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun led panel of five Justices after taking arguments from lawyers announced that judgment has been reserved till a date that would be communicated to parties.
Some of the Counsels expressed their views regarding the proceeding

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