From BEATRICE GONDYI, Bauchi
The Appeal Court sitting in Jos has upheld the election and return of Sen Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir as the duly elected Governor of Bauchi State.
Delivering its judgement on Friday, the 5 man panel dismissed all the four grounds of appeal filed by the APC and its defeated gubernatorial candidate in the election, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar. Justice O. A Otisi while reading the judgment, held that all the grounds of appeal filed before the court by the appellants lacked merit and thereby dismissed them.
Counsel to the Bauchi state Governor, Chris Uche hailed the judgement describing it as a victory for democracy calling on the people of Bauchi State to continue to support the administration.
Immediately after the judgement, there was wild jubilation by supporters of the governor and the PDP blocking the main Yakubu Gowon highway slowing down traffic along the road.