The Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed the outcomes of the governorship elections in Oyo, Kaduna, and Nasarawa states. The court upheld the elections after listening to separate appeals regarding the outcomes.
Seyi Makinde Wins
The Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed the election victory of Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as Oyo State governor.
In a unanimous judgment, the Apex Court found merit in the appeal filed by Mr. Makinde that the majority judgment of the Appeal Court was a miscarriage of justice.
The court, therefore, affirmed the majority judgment of the trial tribunal which upheld the election of Makinde as the duly elected governor of Oyo State.
In the case of the Kaduna governorship election, Mr Isa Ashiru, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had approached the Supreme Court challenging the election victory of Nasir El-Rufai.
However, in a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Centus Nweze, the appeal filed by Ashiru was dismissed for lacking in merit.
Victory Also For Abdullahi Sule
Also in Nasarawa State, the Supreme Court upheld the election of Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State.
The seven-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili dismissed the appeal filed by David Ombugadu and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to challenge Sule’s victory at the March 9, 2019 election.
The court held that the appellant failed to prove allegations of substantial non-compliance in the election.