BREAKING: Supreme Court Reserves Judgement on Suit Seeking Sack of Ebonyi Governor

BREAKING: Supreme Court Reserves Judgement on Suit Seeking Sack of Ebonyi Governor

  • The apex court is yet to rule on the disputed Ebonyi state governorship election involving the APC and the opposition PDP
  • In a sitting on Monday, January 8, Justice Okoro of the Supreme Court reserved its judgment on the appeal filed by the PDP against the election victory of Governor Fran­cis Nwifuru
  • The court's pending judgment adds suspense to the legal saga surrounding the March 18 governorship election journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

Francis Nwifuru's election victory is facing a final challenge as the Supreme Court considers the appeal brought by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s Chukwuma Odii.

After hearing arguments from both parties on Monday, January 8, the apex court opted to reserve judgment on the Ebonyi state governorship election appeal, Channels TV reported.

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The Supreme Court is undecided on the Ebonyi governorship election dispute. Photo credit: Rt. Hon. Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru
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Justice John Okoro reserved the judgment and noted that a new date would be communicated to the parties involved in the matter.

Recall that the Court of Appeal Lagos division had affirmed the election of Fran­cis Nwifuru as the duly elected governor of Ebonyi state.

In a unanimous decision, the three-member panel led by Justice Jummai Sankey dismissed the appeal filed by Chukwuma Odii of the PDP.

The panel also resolved all the five issues raised against the appellant and dismissed the appeal for lacking in merit.

Justice Sankey held that the PDP and its candidate lacked the legal right to meddle in the internal affairs of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as it relates to the nomination of candidates.

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Similarly, reported that the Supreme Court rejected an appeal challenging the election of Governor Hyacinth Alia in Benue state.

The appeal was withdrawn by Sebastian Hon, the counsel representing Mr Titus Uba from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Uba had contested the triumph of Governor Hyacinth Alia from the APC.

Possible dates for judgement in Kano, Lagos, others

Also, reported earlier that the Supreme Court was set to conduct hearings on 21 appeals concerning disputes from the recent governorship election.

The cases involving states such as Ebonyi, Plateau, Delta, Adamawa, Abia, Ogun, Cross River, and Akwa Ibom are scheduled for Monday through Thursday, January 11.

Additionally, there is a possibility that judgments for previously heard post-election governorship appeals, including those for Kano and Lagos, among others, may be delivered on Friday, January 12.


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