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Appeal tribunal upholds Maikalangu mandate as AMAC chair 


The FCT Area Council Election Appeal Tribunal, Saturday, upheld the election of Hon. Christopher Zakka Maikalangu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).

In a unanimous judgement, the three-man tribunal, including Hon. Justice S. B Belgore, Hon. Justice Yusuf Halilu,  Hon. Justice Jude O. Onwuegbuzie, dismissed the August 5 judgment of the FCT Area Council Election Tribunal, which declared Hon. Murtala Usman Karshi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the election held on February 12.

The justices said that the judgement of the lower tribunal was not only evil but negates all the achievements recorded in Nigeria’s democracy.

While reading the lead judgment in suit FCT/ACEAT/AP/01/22, which had Christopher Zakka Maikalangu as appellant and Murtala Usman Karshi and three others as respondents, Hon. Justice Yusuf Halilu said the lower tribunal erred by ignoring contradictory evidences before it and went ahead to do a hatchet job by declaring Karshi winner of the election. 

He said: “It is not in doubt the APC as a party was faced with legal battles after the party primaries to nominate a flagship bearer for the AMAC election held on 12th February 2022. It is equally not in doubt that the 1st respondent, Murtala Usman Karshi, was involved in the said altercation, which eventually landed parties before the apex court of this land i.e Supreme Court of Nigeria, which eventually declared the 1st respondent as winner of the APC primary for AMAC election.

“We have seen the evidences supplied by both the appellant and the respondents to the lower tribunal. NAIJAONPOINT es listed by the APC as supervisors in the disputed polling units admitted that they were not polling unit agents. It has become critical for us to ask questions at this point on what the process of collating results connote.

“He who passively accepts evil is much involved in it as he who perpetrates it. Clearly, the evidence of the petitioner is in limbo as a judicial gatecrasher. We say no more to evil. Therefore, appeal FCT/ACEAT/AP/01/22 subsides. The judgment of the lower tribunal delivered on 5th day of August 2022 is hereby set aside. All declarations so made by the lower tribunal are hereby set aside.”

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