The tribunalâ€™s judgment was based onÂ alleged non-compliance of the conduct of PDPâ€™s primary from which Ishaku emerged as the partyâ€™s governorship candidate with provisions of sections 85 and 87 of the Electoral Act.
Ishaku had appealed against the tribunalâ€™s decision.
The Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the governor, and set aside the judgment of the tribunal on the basis that Alhassan, not being a member of the PDP, lacked the locus standi to challenge the validity of the primary which produced Ishaku as thepartyâ€™s candidate.
â€ŽAlhassan appealed to the Supreme Court, but aÂ seven-man benchÂ of the apex court led by Justice Ibrahim Galadima on ThursdayÂ Â affirmed the earlier verdict of the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division delivered on December 31, 2015.
The Supreme Court delivered the judgment more than anÂ hour after hearing Alhassanâ€™s appeal on Thursday.
Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, who read the summary of the lead judgment held that Alhassanâ€™s appeal lacked merit.
â€ŽJustice Rhodes-Vivour held, â€œI am of the firm view that there is no meritÂ in this appeal and it is hereby dismissed.
â€œThe Jjdgment of theÂ â€ŽCourt of Appeal Abuja Division delivered on December 31, 2015 is affirmed and the election of Governor Darius Ishaku is hereby upheld.â€
Justice Rhodes-Vivour and the rest of the members of the panel are to give the full reasons for their decisions on February 22.
Culled fromÂ THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER