ATINUKE OMOBONIKE IGE J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): There was a Nation wide Local Govt. Election conducted by NECON on 15th day of March 1997. The UNCP and DPN are two of, the five registered political parties. The petitioner in this case contested the said election on the platform of the UNCP as Chairman while the 1st and 2nd Respondents contested on the platform of the DPN as candidates for Chairmanship and vice chairmanship respectively:
After collating the results of the election, NECON declared 1st and 2nd Respondents as winners in the election.
The petitioner being dissatisfied with the decision of NECON challenged the said decision before the Kaduna election tribunal on a no of grounds including the following:
1. That the 1st respondent was wrongly returned at the said election.
2. That the 1st and 2nd Respondents were at the time of the election not qualified and or disqualified from being elected as Chairman and Vice Chairman of Igabi Local Govt. Area.
3. That the…