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2007: Sha'aban's Legacy in the Fight for Justice

Justice Aloysius Iyorgyer Katsina-Alu, Chief Justice of Nigeria
Justice Aloysius Iyorgyer Katsina-Alu,
Chief Justice of Nigeria
Following the unprecedented rigging of the results of the 2007 gubernatorial elections by the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and INEC, Sha'aban was denied the mandate that the voters of Kaduna State gave him overwhelmingly at that election. Sha'aban wasted no time and embarked on a legal challenge that lasted almost four years and went up to the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Abuja.

During the course of this struggle, Sha'aban demonstrated his credentials both as a patriot and a true democrat.

Encouraged by the massive support of the people of Kaduna State and all Nigerians, Sha'aban never faultered in his determination to get justice and reclaimed the mandate that was given him by the people of the state at the polls.

 ...it is only in Kaduna State that we have authentic and legitimate INEC results signed by INEC returning officers in at least 20 out of 23 local governments where we won which we tendered at the tribunal. And the results were certified by all the relevant bodies at the tribunal, yet the tribunal refused to entertain the veracity of our petition.    ... Sani M. Sha'aban
The judiciary however, failed to live up to expectation in the discharge of justice and upheld the results of the rigged elections. At the Supreme Court, Sha'aban sought to overturn the decision of the Court of Appeal, but the Supreme court dismissed his appeal. As a law-abiding citizen, Sha'aban respects the apex court's decision but disagrees with it because by dismissing his appeal, justice was not served considering that Sha'aban won the 2007 gubernatorial election in 20 out of 23 Local Government Areas of Kaduna State.

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    Timeline of Sha'aban's Quest for Justice
  • April 14th, 2007 - Governorship elections organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in all states of Nigeria, including Kaduna State.
  • April 15th, 2007 - INEC declares Namadi Sambo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winner.
  • April 15th, 2007 - Sani Sha'aban protests INEC manipulation of election results and is detained in the process.
  • April 16th, 2007 - Other Kaduna opposition parties that contested the April 14th elections pay solidarity visit and pledge their support to Namadi Sambo and the PDP.
  • May 15th, 2007 - Sani Sha'aban and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) file petition with Election Petitions Tribunal in Kaduna.
  • October 23th, 2007 - Sambo fails in bid to stop election petition hearing.
  • April 17th, 2008 - Election Tribunal rules to uphold election of Namadi Sambo, of the PDP as Governor of Kaduna State.
  • May 2008 - Sani Sha'aban and the ANPP appeal ruling of Election Tribunal at the Kaduna Court of Appeal.
  • January 7th, 2009 - Hearing at Kaduna Court of Appeal suspended due to court registry mix - up of documents.
  • February 11th, 2009 - Final briefs on Sha'aba's appeal presented by Mike Ahamba (SAN). Court also struck out motion by Sambo and the PDP pleading with court to throw out Sha'aban's appeal.
  • March 6th, 2009- Justice Bulkachuwa appeal panel upholds Namadi Sambo's election.
    Sha'aban condemns the Bulkachuwa panel's decision as a rape of justice.
  • May 15th, 2009 - Mike Ahamba (SAN) appeals the Justice Bulkachuwa panel ruling to the President Court of Appeal and the Nigerian Judicial Council (NJC).
  • June 2nd, 2009 - Federal Court of Appeal, Abuja issues directive for appeal to be retried.
  • June 17th, 2009 - Appeal retrial proceedings begin in Kaduna.
  • September 28th, 2009 - Scheduled hearing of motions moved for lack of quorum.
  • November 30th, 2009 - Court sitting postponed because of Eid-el-Kabir public holidays.
  • February 10th, 2010 - Hearing into motions for retrial by the Justice Kumai Bayang Akaas panel.
  • March 1st, 2010 - Appeal Court denies motion for retrial of election appeal.
  • March 15th, 2010 - Sha'aban files appeal at the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Abuja.
  • November 1st & 4th, 2010 - Supreme Court, Abuja hearing of appeal.
  • November 4th, 2010 - Supreme Court dismisses appeal for lack of jurisdiction.

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