The Supreme Court yesterday struck out an appeal seeking to re-argue and reverse the election of Benue State Governor Gabriel Suswam in the April 2011 election.
Justice Muntaka Coomasie, who led four other justices of the apex court, struck out the case on the grounds of incompetence.
The court said Prof Steve Ugba did not attach the aspect of the June 8, 2013 judgment of the Supreme Court which they sought to reverse.
The apex court had on June 8, 2013 upheld the election of Governor Suswam and dismissed the appeal by the governorship candidate of the ACN (now APC), Steve Ugba which prayed the Court to order the State’s governorship election tribunal to commence hearing of his petition seeking to unseat Mr. Suswam irrespective of the expiry of the 180 days provided for by the constitution.
But in its June 8 decision, the apex court held that the constitution had prescribed that election petitions at the tribunal should be heard and concluded within 180 days of filing such petition as such “ appeal is just an academic exercise and abuse of court process”.
Meanwhile, a senior special assistant to the governor on media and public affairs, Akwaya Cletus, in a chat with newsmen immediately after the court verdict, said the governor was not deterred and will continue to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of Benue State.
Culled from Leadership Newspaper 15/11/2013
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