REASONS DELIVERED BY UCHECHUKWU ONYEMENAM: The reasons for the judgment I delivered on 18th October, 2011, are herein given.
The grounds upon which the respective respondents raised their preliminary objection are set out hereunder; 1st respondent:
"(a) The Appellants' Notice of Appeal dated 08/09/2011 and filed on 09/09/2011, relied upon in this appeal, was filed more than 14 (fourteen) days after 19/08/2011 when the ruling complained of in this appeal was delivered and no leave was sought or secured;
(b) The Appeal has become academic since the substantive petition had been dismissed for reasons other than reasons complained of in this appeal;
(c) The Appellants' brief contravenes paragraph 14 of the Election Tribunal and Court Practice Direction, 2011 and is therefore incompetent;
(d) Grounds 1 and 6 of the Notice of Appeal are incompetent as they are fresh grounds not taken of the Tribunal and no leave of this Court has been obtained to argue some.
(e) Issues 1 and 4 formulated b…