ABDU ABOKI, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This is an appeal against the decision of the Niger State Governorship and Legislative Houses election petition tribunal, Minna delivered on the 4th day of October, 2007.
The facts leading to this Appeal are that on the 14th April 2007 elections were held into the various States House of Assembly throughout Nigeria.
The 1st Appellant was returned by the 3rd Appellant as the winner of the Election in Paikoro Local Government Constituency.
The 1st Respondent as a Petitioner challenged the return of the 1st Appellant alleging that the results from three (3) polling units in two Wards were not counted because agents of the 2nd Appellant snatched the ballot boxes containing votes cast at those units and ran away with them.
On the 12th day of May 2007, the Respondents as Petitioners filed a petition before the Niger State Governorship and Legislative Houses Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Minna, praying for the following reliefs: