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SADIQ OZOVEHE UMAR V. SALIHU ADINOYI ONIKATA & ORS

(1999) JELR 43802 (CA)

Court of Appeal  •  CA/A/EPLG/7/99  •  10 Mar 1999  •  Nigeria

Coram
MUHAMMAD SAIFULLAHI MUNTAKA-COOMASSIE JCA; ZAINAB ADAMU BULKACHUWA JCA; ALBERT GBADEBO ODUYEMI JCA;

Judgement

ODUYEMI, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): On 5th December, 1998, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducted elections for Chairmanship and Counsellorship positions in Local Government Councils and Area Councils in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The appellant was a candidate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Chairmanship of the Ajaokuta Local Government Council while the 1st respondent was a candidate who contested the election for the same post on the platform of the All Peoples Party (APP).

The Ajaokuta Local Government Area consisted of 14 wards. On the day of election, elections commenced in all units and wards of the Local Government Area but in the course of the elections, disturbances occurred which disrupted elections in two wards of the Local Government which had five units. In the event, election results were received in only 12 wards of the Ajaokuta Local Government. These were collared and 9,378 of the votes cast we…

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