Supreme Court Reserves Judgment in Appeals Seeking Abia Governor Otti's Sack

Supreme Court Reserves Judgment in Appeals Seeking Abia Governor Otti's Sack

  • The PDP and APC in Abia state have faced a major setback in their appeals against Governor Otti's election
  • This is as the apex court opted to delay its judgment in the appeals challenging Otti's electoral victory as Abia governor
  • The court's decision to delay its judgment adds a new layer of uncertainty to the Abia state governorship election dispute saga journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements

On Wednesday, January 10, the Supreme Court delayed its judgment in the appeals brought by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) and their governorship candidates against the election of Governor Alex Otti of Abia state.

Abia state election dispute, Alex Otti
Supreme Court is yet to deliver its verdict on the Abia state election dispute. Photo credit: Alex C. Otti
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The five-member panel of Justices of the apex court reserved judgment to a date that will be communicated to parties after the adoption of all briefs filed in the matter, The Nigerian Tribune reported.

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This comes after the Court of Appeal, Lagos division, had, in a unanimous decision in December 2023, upheld the victory of Otti at the polls.

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The lower court held that Otti's electoral victory conformed with the provisions of the Electoral Act.

The appellate court ruled that petitions brought by the appellants lacked merit.

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Meanwhile, Otti secured a victory at the court of appeal sitting in Kano, barely two weeks after the governorship election petition tribunal sitting in his state upheld his election in the March 18 governorship poll.

In its ruling on Friday, October 20, the appeal court dismissed the verdict delivered by the Federal High Court sitting in Kano, which reportedly sacked the Abia governor.

The appellate court faulted the trial court's hasty hearing and determination of the suit. It ruled that the federal high court gave its verdict without joining the necessary parties who were the real targets of the claim in the case.

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Supreme Court reserves judgment on Plateau Governor Mutfwang's sack

Earlier, reported that the Supreme Court reserved judgment on an appeal filed by sacked Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau state.

The embattled governor sought to affirm his election, which the Court of Appeal nullified in November 2023.

Ebonyi governorship election: Supreme Court reserves judgement reported earlier that Francis Nwifuru's election victory faced a final challenge as the Supreme Court considered the appeal brought by 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.

Justice John Okoro reserved the judgment and noted that a new date would be communicated to the parties involved in the matter.

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

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The appeal was withdrawn by Sebastian Hon, the counsel representing Titus Uba from the PDP.

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


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