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INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION (INEC) & ANOR v. UMANA OKON UMANA & ORS

(2016) JELR 37135 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  SC.4/2016 (REASONS)  •  15 Feb 2016  •  Nigeria

Coram
MAHMUD MOHAMMED JSC; IBRAHIM TANKO MUHAMMAD JSC; SULEIMAN GALADIMA JSC; OLABODE RHODES-VIVOUR JSC; KUMAI BAYANG AKA'AHS JSC; KUDIRAT MOTONMORI OLATOKUNBO KEKERE-EKUN JSC; CHIMA CENTUS NWEZE JSC;

Judgement

CHIMA CENTUS NWEZE, J.S.C. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): The facts of this appeal and those of SC 1/2016, just disposed of now, and indeed, of the other appeals [SC.2/2016; SC.3/2016; SC.6/2016 and SC.7/2016], arose from the events of the election of April 11, 2015. As such, it would not serve any useful purpose restating the same set of facts again in this appeal. I, therefore, adopt the factual narrative, already set out in SC.1/2016.

The appellant formulated three issues which revolve around exhibit 317, the Card Reader Report and proof of acts of non-compliance with the Provisions of the Electoral Act: issues which have been elaborately dealt with in SC.1/2016. I, accordingly, adopt my views and conclusion in the said judgment as my reasons and conclusion in this appeal.

In all, I adopt the reasons for the judgments in SC.1/2016 and SC.3/2016; SC.2/2016 as my reasons for allowing the instant appeal. Appeal allowed. Parties are to bear their costs.

MAHMUD MOHAMMED, J.S.C.: This …

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