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Justice Gana Ashigar bows out service



Joel Ajayi

Justice Gana Ashigar has bowed out of the Federal High Court and the Federal Judiciary on 1st October, 2022, upon the attainment of the statutory retirement age of 65 years

At the Special Court Session and the Valedictorian in Maiduguri Borno state, Honourable Justice John Terhemba Tsoho, Ofr Federal High Court said the event was a celebration of a quintessential judicial officer, who not only excelled in his career but also in the development of the nation and humanity.

He described Justice Ashigar as a refined and erudite judicial officer who contributed immensely to the development of the country’s jurisprudence

According to him, it is definitely apposite that we are reveling in the contribution and life of the valedictorian for imprinting his mark eternally on the sands of time and in the chronicles of the Court.

“We are committed to ensuring that this hallowed practice continues, with the hope that it serves as motivation for currently serving Judges: that their grueling sacrifices will not go unappreciated.

 “Thus, the Hon. Justice Baba Gana Ashigar deserves all the encomiums he will receive today and in the future, for taking up the call of service and having discharged the service, without taint or blemish for many years.

In his farewell speech, Honorable Justice Baba Gana Ashigar who was  born 1 October, 1957 at Dikwa Town, Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State to the family of late Mallam Bukar Mala Amodu thanked everyone for their encomiums

He said: “I have come to a stage where I must say goodbye. It is sad but we must realize that moving on with the rest of our lives starts with a goodbye. Without doubt, anywhere I go, I will carry with me the sweet memories of this Federal High Court and its staff which I will always treasure and cherish the experience gained from years of working.

“The federal High court has trained me both within and outside Nigeria. I have been trained and made better equipped to face the challenges of the job. I have been trained in the USA, the Netherlands, Norway, Mauritius, the United Arab Emirates, and Cairo- Egypt. I have visited Sweden, Turkey, India and many African countries.

“Let me acknowledge the fact that I and perhaps, many of us might have made one mistake or another and caused inconveniences among ourselves for all these years. This is expected since we are human. May I therefore, implore everyone I might have wronged, to forgive such wrongs on my

“I hold no grudges against anyone and I hope we will leave here today without any resentment or bitterness in our hearts.”

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By Abdul lateef Bamgbose
All progressive Congress chieftain Dr. Garus Gololo, has called for calm and reconciliation while congratulating senator Aishatu Binani, the All progressive Congress ( APC), governorship candidate in Adamawa state.
Gololo the All progressive congress ( APC), chieftain, also the coordinator of the North – East pressure group, made the call in Abuja , on Thursday while briefing the press on the outcome of the court of Appeal ruling which uphold the candidature of senator Aishatu Binani, in Adamawa state.  
“The verdict of the Appeal Court is the reflection of the will of the electorates who voted for Senator Binani in that primary and the teaming youth that are behind her in the state”
“I want to also appeal to the All progressive Congress ( APC), presidential candidate Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate Kashim Shetima to immediately take advantage of this ruling by calling all the parties to order.
Without Binani the party stand to lose not the governorship election but the presidential election in Adamawa state” he said
Dr. Gololo also called on Nuhu Ribadu, to put the outcome of the primary behind him in the interest of the party.
“It will not do Nuhu Ribadu or the APC any good to continue on the warring path, the election is almost here. Binani should as a matter of fact remain focus and embrace all the parties. The Verdict is a victory for the party and members of the APC in the state.

The Court of Appeal in Yola on Thursday upheld the governorship candidacy of All Progressives Congress candidates, Emmanuel Bwacha and Aishatu Ahmed also known as Aisha Binani for Taraba and Adamawa states respectively.
The Appeal Court set aside a ruling by the High Court nullifying their candidacy and ordered that their names be forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission as the APC governorship candidates for both states.
In the court’s sitting presided over by a panel of three justices of the Court of Appeal, which had justice T. Y Hassan as the presiding judge and two others, Judge M. O. Bolaji and J. G. Abundaga, as JCA 1 and JCA 2.
The Federal High Court in Yola, Adamawa State, had on October 13, nullified the candidature of Binani as the governorship candidate of the APC in the state. Based on suit FHC/YL/CS/12/2022 filed by another APC governorship aspirant in Adamawa, Nuhu Ribadu, the court declared Binani’s candidature invalid and unlawful.
The court also refused to order a fresh APC governorship primary in Adamawa State.
Dissatisfied by the court ruling, which refused to order a fresh primary that would have enabled him, contest the governorship,  Ribadu filed an appeal in suit NO.CA/YL/203/2022 between him and All Progressive Congress and two others.

However, the court in it’s ruling on Thursday dismissed the appeal filed by Ribadu but allowed Binani’s appeal seeking to overturn the judgement given by the Federal High Court presided over by Justice Abdulaaziz Anka.
Similarly, This medium sreported on September 20, 2022 that the Federal High Court sitting in Jalingo, and presided over by Justice Simon Amobeda, nullified the governorship primary election that produced Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the 2023 election.
In his ruling in the case filed by one of the governorship aspirants, David Kente, the judge directed INEC to conduct a fresh governorship primary in the state within 14 days.

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