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NIGERIA: S’Court Rejects Application to Review Judgment Upholding Suswam’s Election

The Supreme Court yesterday  rejected a request by Professor Steve Ugba, the governorship candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (now All Progressive Congress) in Benue State in the 2011 gubernatorial election for a review of the court's judgment that affirmed the election of Governor Gabriel Suswam.
The court  said the appeal lacked merit and consequently dismissed it.
Ugba, through his counsel, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN), had approached the court for a review of the judgment of the court in November 2013 which affirmed the election of Suswam.
The application also sought a fresh hearing of the petition filed by Ugba challenging the declaration of Suswam's as the winner of the election.
A panel of five justices of the apex court, with Justice Muntaka Coomasie presiding,  held that the application to set aside the judgment  was incompetent.
Shortly after the judgment was delivered, Mr. Philip Agbese, who led about 200 activists to the Supreme Court described the judgment as a victory in three dimensions.
According to him, "it is victory for Suswam, the good people of Benue State and the judiciary itself."

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