Tuesday, February 2, 2016 7:29 pm
In unanimous verdicts given today, Nigeria’s Supreme Court upheld the elections of Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi; Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa; and Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam.
The Court, the highest in Nigeria dismissed the petition filed against the election of Ajimobi by Alhaji Rasheed Ladoja, a former governor of the state and Accord Party governorship candidate in the 2015 gubernatorial election.
The Court dismissed the petition for lack of merit. Ladoja had earlier lost attempts to overturn Ajimobi’s victory in the 2015 gubernatorial election at the Election Petition Tribunal and at Appeal Court.
The Justices of the Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision also dismissed the appeal against the elections of Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and that of Yobe State Governor
The apex court described the appeal by Emerhor O’tega of the All Progressives Congress and Chief Great Ogboru of Labour Party against Governor Okowa’s election as an abuse of court process.
The Court also affirmed the election of Governor Gaidam of Yobe State.
The Justices said they would give the reasons for the three judgements on February 15.
Meanwhile, the Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya, on Tuesday described the Supreme Court judgement as brilliant and straightforward.
He also said Governor Okowa’s victory at the apex court was well deserved as “it is the will of a democratic majority”.
Igbuya in a statement issued in Abuja said Okowa’s victory at the Supreme Court should be seen as “historic”.
Since it began giving its final words on disputed governorship elections, the Supreme court has been affirming the polls, despite the weighty grounds of electoral violations canvassed against the victors.
Tomorrow, the court will also give a verdict on Abia State, which the Appeal Court gave to former banker, Dr Alex Otti and annulled the victory of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.
Going by the almost predictable line of the apex court, analysts fear that Otti’s case may suffer derailment at the court.