(1999) JELR 43831 (CA)    

Court of Appeal  ·  CA/PH/EP/97/99 ·  27 Apr 1999 ·  Nigeria
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Ugo v. Indiamaowei (1999) 13 NWLR (Pt. 633) 152
SYLVANUS ADIEWERE NSOFOR Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria KUMAI BAYANG AKAAHS Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria ABOYI JOHN IKONGREH Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria
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1st respondent
collation centre
counting of votes
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exhibits c7
return of the 1st respondent
7th respondents
cross examination
election petition
grounds of appeal
majority of lawful votes
said elections
above mentioned constituency
available evidence
bayelsa state house of assembly
bayelsa state house of assembly elections
bayelsa state of nigeria
benefit of some opinion evidence
best position
close of pleadings
conclusion of the election exercise
credit of a witness
credit of the witnesses
evidence of disruption
evidence of other witnesses
exhibits p
forms ec 8c
full scale trial
house of assembly election petitions tribunal
independent national electoral commission
inter alia
leading judgment
learned submission
material contradiction of fact
platform of all peoples party
respective briefs of argument
result of the elections
support of his case
support of the issue no.
totality of the evidence
unit results exhibits j
valid votes
weight of evidence

NSOFOR, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This is an appeal from the decision, on the 26th of March 1999, of the Governorship/House of Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal, Bayelsa State of Nigeria, (herein after to be referred to simply as the Tribunal for short) holden in Yenagoa.

On the 30th of January, 1999, elections were conducted into the Bayelsa State House of Assembly by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) a statutory body charged with conducting elections throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria .

The appellant (petitioner) contested the Bayelsa State House of Assembly elections for the Kolokuma/Opokuma Constituency II on the platform of All Peoples Party (APP). The 1st Respondent herein was also a candidate for the Kolokuma/Opokuma Constituency II at the said elections. He contested on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The 3rd to the 7th Respondents herein, were some officials of the INEC, (the 2nd named Respondent herein) who participat…

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