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DR UMAR ARDO v. INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION & ORS

(2017) JELR 38228 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  SC.153/2016  •  10 Mar 2017  •  Nigeria

Coram
MARY UKAEGO PETER-ODILI JSC; CLARA BATA OGUNBIYI JSC; CHIMA CENTUS NWEZE JSC; AMINA ADAMU AUGIE JSC; SIDI DAUDA BAGE JSC;

Judgement

AMINA ADAMU AUGIE, JSC (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This Appeal relates to the gubernatorial election conducted by the 1st Respondent [INEC] in Adamawa State on 28/2/2015. The Appellant, as an indigene of Adamawa State and a Politician, who registered to vote and be voted for in the State, instituted an action by way of Originating Summons at the Federal High Court, Abuja [trial Court], wherein he submitted the following question for determination-

Whether having regards to Subsections 178(2) and 180(2) (sic) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), the 1st Respondent i.e., [INEC] can Legally conduct Governorship election in Adamawa State on Saturday,28 February 2015?

He also sought the following reliefs against the thirteen Defendants -

1. A DECLARATION that having regard to Subsection 178(2) and 180(2) of the Constitution (as amended) the tenure of office of Barrister Bala James Ngilari who took Oath of Allegiance and Oath of Office, as Deputy Go…

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