Salami Sacked Usman Bwala Led Tribunal In Anambra 2011 For Collecting Bribe


AWKA – LITIGANTS whose cases were pending at the Justice Usman Bwala-led Anambra State First Election Petition Tribunal were taken aback yesterday when they were informed that the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami, had dissolved the tribunal. A new one is, however, to be empanelled soon.

Assistant secretary of the tribunal, Mr. Yahaya Haruna, who announced the dissolution to lawyers and parties in the court, however, declined to give details.

Vanguard gathered that the dissolution may not be unconnected with a plethora of allegations by many petitioners accusing the tribunal members of taking bribe and inconsistency in its previous rulings.

Recently, the three-man tribunal had in an open court, raised the alarm that there were allegations of collecting N90 million from some interested parties, which allegedly sparked off calls from some senior members of the Bar for the tribunal to disqualify itself.

A petitioner, Professor Dora Akunyili, was said to have through her counsel, petitioned the Court of Appeal, demanding the dissolution of the Bwala panel on ground of bias and for the tribunal to disqualify itself.

But the former chairman of the tribunal, Justice Bwala, refused to grant the application, insisting that his tribunal was competent to handle the matter between Dr. Chris Ngige of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, and Akunyili of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.

Bwala had said the matter would be handled on its merit, adding that it was different from other cases his tribunal had earlier dismissed as no two petitions were the same.

He also rejected application by counsel to APGA and Akunyili, Chief Obiorah Obianwu, SAN, praying the tribunal to disqualify itself from hearing of the petition or  transfer it to another tribunal.


Source: Vanguard (August 09,2011)

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  1. Grace Okwy says

    Too late a question!

  2. Prince Zoovier says

    Answer my questions abia false news

  3. Ikechi Awom says

    So you know about this yet you allowed him superintend over your case, you never appealed against? Why crying now the head is off?

    1. Damian Agwu says

      Don’t mind them

    2. Nnamdi Sylver OGubunka says

      Hahahaha,Dnt blame dem a looser always complain

  4. Mbah Kelechi says

    It is never too late…Abia must be free from d shackles of Looters nd political Hudlums

  5. Chidiebere Jethro Umeh says

    I’m aware of the Anambra State incident that led to the dissolution of his panel. He is not just a monster, but a dark in complexion cobra lying calm low under the green grass in a home garden, looking for whom to devour

    1. Alajemba Udeagha says

      What you said about the learned jurist does not change the verdict. You have just wasted your time.

    2. Onwuka Idika says

      The devil have already sealed ur heart wt evil that u no longer see good any more.ur jubilating over evil all cuz of peanut.tynk abt ur life.

    3. Chiamaka Pat Akomas says


  6. Damian Agwu says

    Wailing Wailers

    1. Faith Amos says

      They Jst Decided Not To Stop Wailing! Spreading Rumours As If They Can Defemd It When There,s Need.Anyway,everybody must not be pleased at a time.

  7. Uchenna Uzoije says

    Justice Ayo Salami sacked Usman Bwala Anambra led tribunal out of jealously, this was one of the reasons Justice Ayo Salami was also sacked as the President of the Court Appeal by the Judicial Council.

  8. Akimbo Maja says

    Lol, can’t stop laughing, your faiths can really move heavens!

  9. Vincent Arinze Orjiobi says

    It has come to pass. APGA hw market???

  10. Nnaji Kosoruchi says

    Its a pity dat some confused abia youths are celebratin over the tears,pains and darknes cause by pdp in abia

  11. Alex Peters says

    Abia fact pls take ur case 2 appeal court ok,since u r governoshp candidate

  12. Don Chinonyerem Nwaeze says

    Medicine after death

  13. Christian Ekele Ikonne says

    Hahahahah. I will not join issues with apga supporters because they are confused. If I were them I will still do the same.

  14. Ebubedike Akabuwa says

    I knew it all the while that Bwala had a history of corruption but what I didn’t understand was why the president of court of Appeal chose to foist him on Abians after a shameful and disastrous outing at Anambra State.
    The truth is that the Judgement in Abia State was heavily compromised in favour of PDP and you don’t need to be SAN to pick the obvious holes in yesterday’s ruling.

    1. The Ruling that the reliefs are contradictory is very lame and laughable. Those reliefs are Alternate reliefs and they are valid in law. In law, you can pray for nullification of certain areas and declaration of victory OR in the ALTERNATIVE order a re run in the affected areas.

    2. The Judge discountenanced Card reader evidence (which was accepted in Rivers/Akwa-Ibom) without showing any alternative evidence of manual accreditation tendered by the respondents.

    3. The judge misdirected himself to facts that the petitioners lost the right to complain of the 4lga’s having participated in the re run. That is also very wrong. There was no re run, what held was supplementary elections in polling units where elections didn’t hold on April 11th. The said supplementary elections didn’t also hold in Obingwa. So the judge goofed.

    The grounds for the judgement are very ridiculous and can only given by a Judge whoose palms have been greased with taxpayers money. The grounds are watery and can’t survive the Appeal and supreme courts.

    That’s my 2 penny comment.

    1. Emilo Ogb says

      My Brother You Are Very Correct

    2. Emilo Ogb says

      Abiafacts Why Not Publish This For The Public To Understand What Actually Transpired

    3. Irene Nwoke says

      Bros thanks for setting d record straight. The pleasure of sin can only last for a moment. Soonest d truth they suppressed will rejuvenate n exact far n wide reaching effect on those criminals.

    4. Uchenna Ota says

      You must be a sound lawyer….period.

  15. Nnamdi Melvin says

    I know yesterday when the pronouncement was made in favour of VOI, this Abia fake newspaper wailers must have wailed morethan a little baby. But una calm down, that’s the zoo tribunal for u. Wia justice is twisted to the highest bidder. Una sorry o. Alex Otti and his fellow wailing surporters. Abia must move forward.

  16. Nworgu Red Bracket Kelechi says


  17. Uzoechi Schwinszy Buzyboi says

    Surpport a thief and your belongings,share and blessings will be stolen IN JESUS NAME.AMEN

  18. Emmanuel Obinna AfricanTallestman says

    That’s medicine after death, otti and ikpeazu has the right to say i don’t want this judge to handle my matter and is either the matter is transfer to another court or the judge would be removed immediately. my lawyer said so in my case with ubaplc and the matter was transferred to another court and at the end, i won

  19. Kelechi Mba says

    all of us are in Abia state,no one is running away.soas i sufaram na so you go sufaram

  20. Chinedu Xtova Ngaranwere says

    It was Jonathan and TA Orji that hired this man for the dirty job in Abia State. For them it is a mission accomplished.

  21. BroStanley Nwabekee Francis says

    I hate when they call de Name of God with dis wayo win… Does God support bribe?

  22. Emmanuel Okolie says

    Anybody responsible for denying us the joy of mandate restoration, may utter darkness cover him or her by noonday! So be it on anyone who supports such evil

    1. Emilo Ogb says


  23. Ikechi Awom says

    Deleting my comment on this platform shoes your a coward. It goes a long way tell how insincere your criticism is. If you are afraid of critics then don’t use social media platform.
    A true political analyst should create room for attack OK.

  24. Chintuwa Ibezim says

    Apga wakeup, mumu party, u guys dnt knw hw to play d game, can a capinter fixed mottor engine, let otti go back to diamond bank, dats d job he can do.

  25. Onyemaechi Mba says

    So that is his character, let him go ahead one day monkey will go market and will not come back again

  26. Quintessence Nana Chima says