Supreme Court sacks Kebbi gov Dakingari


…orders fresh election within 90 days
By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA – The Supreme Court has sacked Governor Usman Saidu Nasamu Dakingari of Kebbi state from office.

His removal was sequel to an appeal that was lodged before the apex court by the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, and its candidate in the April 26, 2011,governorship election in the state, Malam Abubakar Abubakar.

In their unanimous judgment this morning, a 5-man panel of Justices of the Supreme Court ordered the Independent National ElectoralCommission, INEC, to conduct fresh election in the state within 90 days (3 months).

Justice Walter Onnoghen who delivered the lead judgment nullified the verdict of the Sokoto Division of the Court of Appeal which ab-initio affirmed the ousted governor as the bona-fide winner of the gubernatorial election in the state.

While setting-aside the appellate court’s verdict on the premise that it was legally defective, the Supreme Court noted that the lower court erred in law when it deferred the reasons behind its judgment till a date outside the 60 days stipulated in the constitution for the determination of governorship appeals.

Whereas the appellate court gave its judgment on December 29,2011, it was unable to justify the verdict with reasons until January 24, 2012.

Consequently, the apex court while setting-aside the decision of the appeal court went ahead and upheld the verdict of the Kebbi state Election Petition Tribunal which had earlier sacked the governor and ordered a fresh election in the state.
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