TRIBUNAL WATCH: Bagos rejects tribunal verdict, set to appeal

Gaddafi IbrahimSeptember 13, 20231 min

Rep. Bagos said the judgment of the tribunal raises many questions.

The Lawmaker Representing Jos South/ Jos East Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Rep. Dachung Bagos has rejected the judgment of the National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal that nullified his victory.

Recall that the tribunal determined that Bagos was not validly nominated by his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to contest the election, and nullified his victory as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The panel consequently proclaimed Ajang Alfred of the Labour Party (LP) as the legitimate election winner.

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Bagos, who informed that he would be appealing the judgment, said previous judgments had indicated that only the party or its members had the locus to challenge the nominations and sponsorship of candidates.

He said, “Such issues are pre-election matters; one cannot help but wonder why this panel thought differently.

“The outcome of the Election Tribunal against the mandate of the good people of Jos South, Jos East Federal Constituency raises many questions.

“Can a mandate with an overwhelming winning vote of over 95,000 against 31,000 be a mere academic exercise?

“Democracy is for the people and with the people I will always stand; I call on my constituents and party faithful to remain calm and resolute as we seek redress in the Court of Appeal,” he said.

Gaddafi Ibrahim

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