The Makurdi division of the Court of Appeal has today (Friday) dismissed the appeal filed by Senator Suleiman Adokwe.
Senator Suleiman Asonya Adokwe of the People Democratic Party (PDP) had filed an appeal challenging the ruling of the election petition tribunal which upheld the election of Senator Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of the All Progressives Congress, (APC).
The panel of Justices, Jummai Hannatu Sankey and Joseph Eyo Ekanem dismissed the appeal brought before it.
Speaking with pressmen after the judgment, one of the counsel to Senator Al-Makura, Dr Mubarak Tijani Adekilekun said: “I am happy with ruling. This court of appeal has reaffirmed the victory of Senator Al-Makura. This is victory for democracy in Nigeria.
“The people will now feel the atmosphere of development and enjoy more dividends of democracy for the state and the nation at large,” he said.
Responding to questions from the media, Senator Suleiman Adokwe said: “It is the will of Almighty God for me. I thank Him for granting me the grace to accept this with peace that surpasses all understanding.”
Recall that the electoral empire had declared Umaru Tanko Al-Makura as winner of the February 2019 National Assembly election after amassing 113,156 of the votes cast to defeat his closest opponent and candidate of the PDP, Suleiman Adokwe who got 104,595 votes.