OLUFUNLOLA OYELOLA ADEKEYE, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): In an application filed on 22/1/08 and argued on 31/1/08, the interlocutory appeal CA/A/EP/213/07 was consolidated with the substantive appeal CA/A/EP/313/07 with consent of the parties. It is observed that both appeals arose from the same petition and the issues for determination in both appeals can be conveniently and expeditiously disposed of in one common appeal.
The appeal is against the judgment of the National Assembly/Governorship and Legislative Houses Election Petition Tribunal sitting at Lokoja delivered on the 8th of October, 2007. The election into the House of Representative Ajaokuta Federal Constituency took place on the 21st of April, 2007. The election was contested by different political parties. The 3rd-112th Respondents, Independent National Electoral Commission declared the following figures for the contestants at the election
(1) Action Congress- S. I. Bello - 2,363
(2) All Nigeria Peoples Par…