The Supreme Court will be a beehive of activities tomorrow as the apex court will deliver judgements in seven governorship election cases even as it on Thursday affirmed the election of Mr. Uno Eno as the validly elected governor of Akwa-Ibom state. The Court dismissed three appeal cases seeking nullification of the election of the
The Supreme Court will be a beehive of activities tomorrow as the apex court will deliver judgements in seven governorship election cases even as it on Thursday affirmed the election of Mr. Uno Eno as the validly elected governor of Akwa-Ibom state.
The Court dismissed three appeal cases seeking nullification of the election of the Akwa Ibom Governor, Mr. Umo Eno, on account of alleged certificate forgery.
The apex would give judgement in seven governorship election cases in Lagos, Kano, Plateau, Zamfara, Bauchi, Cross-River and Ebonyi states.
Already notices of the impending judgments have been sent to parties in the appeals.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court heard the petitions by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, Mr. Akanimo Udofia,Young Progressives Party (YPP) and its gubernatorial candidate, Mr. Akpan Bassey as well as that of New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and its governorship candidate, Mr. John Udoedehe were thrown out by Justice Uwani Abba-Aji led panel of justices upon their withdrawals.
Lead counsel to the respective parties withdrew their separate appeals following the hints from the court’s panel of justices that they have no merit.
Counsel in the matters had made spirited but futile attempts to convince the Supreme Court that Umo Eno Bassey and Bassey Eno Umo were not the same and as such that the governor allegedly forged his secondary school certificate.
There was a mild drama at the court session as the arguments of the appellants especially on the forgery allegations failed to persuade the justices who queried the lawyers on whether the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) gave evidence to establish the criminal allegations.
Shocked that the examination body did not testify in the matter, counsels took the cue from the court and separately withdrew the appeals.
The Court of Appeal in Lagos had in November last year affirmed the election of Governor Eno in 18 March, 2023 governorship election.
The appellate court in its judgment also dismissed three separate appeals filed against the governor’s election.
While affirming the 28 September, 2023 judgments of the election petition tribunal, the three-member panel of Justices headed by Justice Festus Obande dismissed the appeal brought by the governorship candidate of the YPP and his party against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr Eno, and the PDP.
Justice Obande also granted judgments in favour of the governor against the appeals of the governorship candidate of the NNPP, Mr Udoedehe, as well as Mr Udofia of the APC.
The appellate court declared in the unanimous judgments that all three appeals lacked merit.