The Supreme court today upheld the Election victory of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, Seyi Makinde’s election as Governor of Oyo State and election of Abdullahi Sule as the governor of Nasarawa State.
Supreme Court affirms El-Rufai’s election as Kaduna governor
The Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed a decision of the Court of Appeal which dismissed a petition by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against the election of the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.
Reiterating the point made by the appellate court on Wednesday, the Supreme Court in a unanimous decision said the PDP and its candidate failed to prove the issues raised in their allegations and subsequently dismissed the petition.
The PDP and its candidate, Isah Ashiru, had asked the court to set aside the decisions of the Court of Appeal and the Kaduna State tribunal which both affirmed Mr El-Rufai’s elections
Mr El-Rufai had been declared winner of the Kaduna state governorship elections with 1, 045, 427 votes, defeating Mr Ashiru with over 200,000 votes.
Oyo: Supreme Court rules on Seyi Makinde’s election
The Supreme Court, on Wednesday, upheld Seyi Makinde’s election as Governor of Oyo State.
The appeal was filed by the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adebayo Adelabu.
Adelabu lost to Makinde during the March 9, 2019 elections.
Adelabu had approached the Supreme Court to challenge the appeal court ruling.
The appellate court after evaluating the evidence brought by Oyo APC and its candidate ruled that the status quo should be maintained.
Abdullahi Sule remains Nasarawa State Governor as Supreme Court rules
The Supreme Court, on Wednesday, upheld the election of Abdullahi Sule as the governor of Nasarawa State.
The seven-man panel led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili dismissed the appeal of David Ombugadu and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against the March 9, 2019 victory of Sule.
Justice Peter-Odili said the appeal by Ombugadu lacked merit.
Recalls that the PDP and its candidate in the 2019 Governorship election, Mr David Ombugadu in August prayed the Election Petition Tribunal in Nasarawa, to order a fresh election in the State.
Counsel for the PDP, Mr. Wale Olanikpekun, SAN, while adopting his final written addresses, alleged that INEC did not comply with the accreditation requirements in more than 90 per cent of the polling units in the state.
He said that they had tendered certified true copies of voter registers to the tribunal, adding, “the total votes that returned the governor did not tally with the number of accredited voters”