Supreme Court Affirms Governors Okowa, Gaidam, Ajimob’s Elections

‎The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State.
The apex court, in a marathon judgment this evening, equally upheld the elections of Governors Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe state.
Seven-man panel of the Justices of the apex court heard the three election cases today.
The court fixed February 15 to give reasons for its unanimous judgment in the election.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Thursday, December 24, 2015 affirmed the election of Ifeanyi Okowa of the Peoples Democratic Party as the duly elected Governor of Delta State in the April 11 election.
The appellate court panel of five Judges, presided over by Justice Uwani Abba-Aji, dismissed the appeal of the Labour Party and its governorship candidate, Great Ogboru, for lacking in merit.
In a separate judgment, the court also dismissed another appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress and its candidate, O’tega Emerhor.
The court held that the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal for Delta was right in dismissing the respective petitions of Messrs Ogboru and Emerhor against the election of Mr. Okowa in its separate judgments.
The appellate court held that cross appeal filed by Mr. Okowa asking for his declaration as the validly elected governor by majority of the votes cast in the April 11election succeeded.
The court held that both Messrs Ogboru and Emerhor failed to substantiate the allegations of non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act in the conduct of the election.
Specifically, the court held that Mr. Ogboru failed to prove the allegation that the figure of the declared result in the election was higher than the number of accredited voters.
“The appellant fails to prove the allegation of corrupt practices against the electoral umpire,’’ Justice Abba-Aji said.
Messrs Ogboru and Emerhor had filed the respective appeals seeking to upturn the decisions of the tribunal, which had upheld the election of the Governor.
Also, The Oyo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal had dismissed the petition filed by the candidate of Accord, Sen. Rashidi Ladoja against the election of Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In the unanimous judgment read by the Chairman of the three-man panel, Justice Mohammed Mayaki, the Tribunal held that Ladoja and Accord “failed woefully” to prove their allegations of rigging, electoral malpractices, violence and non-compliance with the Electoral Act among others, beyond reasonable doubt.
It rejected the evidences presented by all Ladoja’s witnesses, saying they were not specific to incidents as claimed as well as failed to prove the allegations beyond reasonable doubt.
Consequently, the Tribunal upheld the election of the incumbent Governor.
But Ladoja, dissatisfied appeal against it, which he also lost.
October last year, the Yobe State Governorship Election Tribunal upheld the election of Governor Geidam.
The Tribunal’s’s chairman Justice Mojisola Dada in the judgment delivered in Abuja dismissed the petition of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate Adamu Maina Waziri for his inability to prove beyond reasonable doubt that there were electoral malpractices in the April 2015 governorship poll in the state.
She held that in spite of insurgency of Boko Haram in the state, elections still held

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