From Adam Muhammad, Gusau
The Court of Appeal Abuja Division today dismissed the appeal filed by Shehu Ahmad of PDP which challenged the victory of Hon. Abdulmalik Zubairu Zannan Bungudu APC, member representing Bungudu/Maru Federal Constituency.
With this development, the Court upheld the judgement of the tribunal court which earlier affirmed the election Hon. Abdulmalik Zubairu Zannan Bungudu.
Addressing newsmen on the judgement, Counsel to the defendant Barrister Auwal Ahmad Nahuce said the appeal was dismissed for lack of merit.
According to him all the 3-man panel of judges agreed that the appeal lacks merit and therefore joined same opinion in dismissing it.
Barrister Auwal Nahuche explained that the plaintiff Shehu Ahmad of PDP approached the appellate court disagreeing with the judgement of the tribunal passed on the 6th September 2023.
Some of the prayers raised by the appelant included the need to declare the election inconclusive alleging over voting in 39 polling units and inability to conduct election in 32 other polling units in the constituency.
Commenting on the judgement, the defendant and Member House of Representatives for Bungudu/Maru Federal Constituency Hon Abdulmalik Zubairu said the verdict passed by the court reflected the aspirations and prayers by constituents and thanked Allah SWT for making it happened that way.
While thanking constituents, stakeholders and party faithfuls for the concern and prayers, Abdulmalik Zubairu assured to continue justifying the confidence reposed in him through initiation of laudable programmes that are beneficial to citizens.
He said as the legal matters are buried from today, he would concentrate fully on representation in order to meet the yearnings of the entire populace in the constituency, pointing out that apart from projects executed within 100 days, he also sponsored 22 bills before the green chamber some of which have scaled first and second readings.