Chief Obafemi Awolowo has lost his appeal against the outcome of Nigeria's Presidential election. He'd?
GV Riot police arrive in truck outside Federal Court of Appeal
SV Federal Court of Appeal
SV Chief Richard Akinjide talking to officials
SV Judges and officials leaving court past riot police.
CU Chief Awolowo's counsel Mr. Adesanya talking to reporters about appeal.
CU Chief R. Akinjide, Counsel for Shagari being interviewed
ADESANYA--"Well according to the law we have fourteen days in which to find our appeal, but we are not waiting for fourteen days, well we're finding it between today and tomorrow.
REPORTER: Are you optimistic
AKINJIDE: How can I, it's not my way to give advice, but if they appeal they will meet us in the Appeal Court. The laws are clear, the facts are clear and they know the case has no merit whatsoever. They are doing, if they appeal they are not doing law, they are doing politics.
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Background: Chief Obafemi Awolowo has lost his appeal against the outcome of Nigeria's Presidential election. He'd challenged the ballot which saw the declaration of Alhaji Shehu Shagari as president. The case was heard in the Federal Court of Appeal in Lagos.
SYNOPSIS: Anti riot police were stationed around the court building for the final day of the hearing. Chief Awolowo contended that Alhaji Shehu had not polled the required number of votes to win the presidency. However, the court ruled the election was valid. Chief Richard Akinjide counsel for the incumbent president applauded the outcome... while Mr. Adesanya for Chief Awolowo said there'd be an appeal.