From Yakubu Busari, Jos
Senators Jika and Longap
The Court of Appeal sitting in Jos division has upheld the election of Senator Dahiru Dauda Jika, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) into Bauchi Central Senatorial district of the state.
In a judgement delivered by Justice Mudaseer Oniyangi, the court dismissed appeal No. CA/J/ETP/NASE/BA/367/2019, filed by Hon. Bappa Aliyu Misau, of the People’s Redemption Party, PRP, challenging the election of Jika.
He said the tribunal erred in upholding Kija’s victory without looking into the substantive issues of age and forged certificate raised in his suit
However, Justice Oniyangi held that the appellant failed to prove that in either of the dates of birth presented to INEC, Senator Jika, was below the required age of 35 years.
Justice Oniyangi further held that there was no evidence that proved Senator Jika’s, diploma certificate obtained in Kaduna polytechnic, was forged since the school has disowned the certificate.
He disallowed the appeal, upheld the election of Senator Dahiru Jika, into Bauchi Central Senatorial district.
“This appeal is impotent and is bound to fail for lacking in merit, and it has failed,” he said
Meanwhile the Appeal Tribunal on Thursday struck out the appeal by Hon. Johnbull Shekarau of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), upholding the judgment of the trial tribunal and affirmed the election of Hon. Komsol Alphonsus Longap of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as duly elected member representing Quan’ Pan, Shendam, Mikang Federal Constituency in Plateau State, the National Assembly.
After the National Assembly election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) on 23 February, 2019, Longap was declared winner. Aggrieved with the decision of INEC, Johnbull approached the tribunal challenging its decision.
The tribunal in its judgment on 10 October 2019, dismissed the petition for lacking in merit and affirmed the election of Longap. Still not satisfied with the decision of the tribunal, Shekarau headed for Appeal.
Speaking to journalists after the judgment, Hon. Komsol Longap expressed delight over his victory adding that it was not victory for only him but for democracy and his constituents.
” I feel delighted. This victory however, is not only for me but for democracy and my constituents. You can see the happiness on the faces of my constituents here. I most thank God for all He has done for us from the beginning of this struggle up to this moment.
He further thanked Governor Lalong for the support he gave him while the trial lasted.
” I want to thank our father and leader, his Excellency, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong for standing by us throughout.
He has demonstrated he is a responsible father and a good leader. We would continue to work and give him the needed support”, said Longap.