(1996) JELR 40080 (CA)    

Court of Appeal  ·  CA/J/5/93 ·  18 Jan 1996 ·  Nigeria
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Akun v. Mangu L.G.C. [1996] 4 NWLR (Pt.441)
Akun v. Mangu L.G.C. (1996) 4 NWLR (Pt. 441) 207
GEORGE ADESOLA OGUNTADE Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria DENNIS ONYEJIFE EDOZIE Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria ADRIAN CHUKWUEMEKA ORAH Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria
Core Terms Beta
traditional council
presiding officer
mangu local government council
traditional selector
common ground
learned trial judge
lower court
secret ballot
4th may
david mahanan
traditional selectors
2nd defendant
acting district head
election of the 2nd respondent
election of the district head
mangu traditional council
method of selection
native law
statement of claim
above issues
brief of argument
chieftaincy stool of the district head of manguna
considered judgment
copy of the lead judgment
customary laws of the people
decision of the court
election of a substantive district head
eligible candidate
following offices
following order
good results
grounds of appeal
leading judgment
learned trial judge damulak j.
local council
local government area of plateau state
plateau state high court
presiding officers
provision of the mangu emirate
respondent won
result of the election adamu akun
saf manguna
said act
time of the selection of the second respondent
trial court
various issues

EDOZIE, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This appeal arose from the dispute over the election of the District head or Manguna in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State. The Chieftaincy stool of the District Head of Manguna, otherwise referred to as Saf Manguna became vacant in April 1989 following the death of the former incumbent Mashingil Malgit. As was customary, one Mashat Mashingfil, the Galadima was appointed the Acting District Head or Caretaker pending the election of a substantive District Head.

Eligibility for election into that office is limited to the males of two Ruling Houses, viz Nafawalong and Nafajiya. On 1st June, 1989, an election was held to fill the vacancy. Two persons, that is, Adamu Akun from Nafajiya clan and Andong Adoke from Nafawalong clan stood for the election which was conducted by officials from the Mangu Local Government Council headed by its Secretary. At the end of the exercise, Andong Adoke the 2nd defendant/respondent won with a sco…

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