Seven Governors Know Fate Today At Supreme Court
The election of governors of seven states in Nigeria are going to be affirmed or cancelled on Monday because the Supreme Court has hinted on readiness to deliver judgement.
The Supreme Court, at the weekend, sent a hearing notice to the lawyers.
This was same as last week when the judgement on some states were delivered after similar notices were sent out.
The states and governors are Sokoto – Governor Aminu Tambuwal, Imo – Governor Emeka Ihedioha, Kano – Abdullahi Ganduje, Plateau – Simon Lalong, Benue – Samuel Ortom, Bauchi – Bala Mohammed and Adamawa, Ahmadu Fintiri.
Last Wednesday, the apex court affirmed the election of Okezie Ikpeazu because the governor of Abia State.
A member of the seven-member panel, Justice Paul Galinje, read the court’s unanimous judgement.
He affirmed that the appellant’s premises on the open-end credit readers in proving the alleged over-voting was fatal to their case.
Further, Galinje added that the law is obvious that the petitioner must tender the voter’s register, and will relate the document to the precise area where the documents were affected.
He also explained that the cardboard reader print out tendered by the appellants at the tribunal can’t be inserted into the constitution or electoral act which stipulates the yardstick for proving over voting.
On this basis, the judge said that the appellants made unsuccessful attempts to supply credible evidence to substantiate their claim.
The candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Alex Otti, and his party had approached the apex court to line aside the judgment of the Court of Appeal which upheld the election of Governor Ikpeazu.
Same day, the election of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of the PDP as Governor of Delta, was affirmed.
Delivering the judgment, Justice Centus Nweze held that the apex court had no reason to upturn the concurrent decisions of the inferior court .
“The appeal had been right described at the Court of Appeal as a metaphor of forensic Golgotha
“The appellant woefully did not prove over voting polling unit by polling unit as needed by law.
“In the circumstance, the appeal is deprived of any iota convincing evidence and it’s hereby dismissed. Ifeanyi Okowa is therefore affirmed as governor of Delta State’’, Nweze said.
Great Ogboru, who contested the election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), had approached the very best court in Nigeria after his dissatisfaction with the choices of the inferior court .
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