In a unanimous decision by a three-member panel of Justices, the Court of Appeal in Abuja declared Gabriel Suswam not the valid winner of the Benue North East senatorial election held on February 25.
The court overturned the judgment of the National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal, which had returned Suswam of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the Senate and nullified the election victory of Emmanuel Udende of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
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In an interview on Arise News, Gabriel Suswam expressed his acceptance of the court’s ruling and refrained from blaming the judges for his removal. Instead, he directed his concerns towards the electoral system, emphasizing the need for better handling election petitions by various tribunals across the country.
Suswam highlighted the issue of different interpretations of the same section by other panels, which he believes indicates a need for a thorough cleaning up of the judiciary. He stressed that if conflicting results arise from election petitions, it will further erode the people’s confidence in the bench.
The former Benue governor called for a more robust and consistent approach to handling election petitions, ensuring that they are dealt with in a fair, transparent, and timely manner. Suswam believes that a stronger and more reliable judiciary is crucial for upholding the integrity of the electoral process and restoring public trust.
The Court of Appeal’s decision to remove Gabriel Suswam as a senator underscores the significance of fair and accurate electoral outcomes. As the judiciary plays a vital role in ensuring justice and upholding the rule of law, it is essential to address the concerns raised by Suswam to strengthen the electoral system and rebuild public confidence in the judiciary’s ability to deliver impartial judgments.
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