The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, Friday, dismissed the appeal filed by the candidate of of the APC, Abdullahi Umar, challenging the victory of Hon. Yahaya Abdullahi, Eginma of the PDP, member representing Agaie state constituency for the Niger state House of Assembly.
Hon. Yahaya Abdullahi had defeated his major challenger, Abdullahi Umar of the APC but the election was declared inconclusive by the INEC Returning Officer in the March, 9th 2019, resulting into series of legal battles.
Although the Returning officer had declared the PDP candidate winner of the election at the Local Government collection centre. But in what appeared to be a conspiracy between the APC and the INEC Returning officer, the election was later adjudged to be inclusive on the media. In the aftermath, INEC had withheld the certificate of return of PDP candidate, the action which was challenged by the candidate in court. On 4th July, 2019, a High court sitting in Minna, Niger state, ordered the INEC to issue the PDP candidate the certificate of return.
On the 5th of July, 2019, the INEC complied with the order of the court and issued the certificate of return to the PDP candidate. On the 30th July, the candidate was officially inaugurated by the state House of Assembly.
On the 17th September, 2019, the governorship and state House of Assembly election petitions tribunal sitting in Minna dismissed the case filed by the APC candidate for lack of merit. But in an effort to further exercise his constitutional right, the APC candidate advanced his case and appealed the judgement of the tribunal.
The court of appeal has also held that the case before it, challenging the victory of the PDP candidate lacks merit and dismissed it in its entirety. This however, marks the legal bus stop of the long political legal tussles between the PDP and the APC in Agaie Local Government Area.