The weather is getting hotter just as the anxiety heightens. The supreme court has had a very busy week hearing and ruling on appeals arising from election petition matters. Just yesterday, tuesday, the court affirmed the elections of the governors of Delta, Oyo and Yobe States.
The governors are Ibrahim Geidam of Yobe, Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo and Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State. All the appeals challenging the elections of the three governors were dismissed. Can you beat that? I repeat for emphasis, All the appeals challenging the elections of the three governors were dismissed. Gbaaaaaaaam!
The court said it would give reasons for affirming the elections of the three governors on February 15.
Justice Mary Peter-Odili, who delivered the lead judgment in the Yobe case, said: “I have reviewed the records in this appeal and the briefs filed by the parties. I find no merit in the appeal and I hereby dismiss it.”
She did not award costs and ordered the parties to bear the costs of the litigation. All justices agreed with the lead judgment.
Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi who delivered the lead judgment in the case of Oyo said: “I have read all the processes filed in this appeal. I have also considered all the arguments by parties. I dismissed the appeal.”
Justice Ogunbiyi also dismissed as an abuse of court process, an appeal filed by Rasheed Ladoja of the Accord Party (AP). She awarded no cost.
She also promised to give reasons for her judgment on February 15.
Justice Musa Dattijo Muhammed who read the court’s judgment in one of the appeals on the Delta governorship election also dismissed the appeal.
He said: “I have carefully considered the records of appeal in this case. I have also considered the arguments by counsel and their briefs, I find no merit in the appeals.”
He ordered the parties to bear the costs and promised to give reasons for the judgment on February 15.
There were two appeals from Delta State – one by Mr. Great Ogboru of Labour Party (LP), which was dismissed by Justice Muhammed.
The second appeal, which was filed by the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) candidate, Mr. O’tega Emehor, was dismissed by Justice John Okoro.
Justice Okoro said he found no merit in the appeal and promised to give reasons for the judgment on February 15.
Last week, the Supreme Court upheld the governorship elections of Mr. Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and Mr. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State.
There appears to be a pattern the supreme court has established. The question on the lips of the people of Akwa Ibom state is, Will today be different? Your guess is as good as mine.
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