Akwa Ibom, Abia, Taraba Elections: Supreme Court set to rule as hearing ends

The Supreme Court is set to rule on the governorship elections in Akwa Ibom, Abia and Taraba States, after hearing all arguments on the respective cases.

The court was on recess by 9.30 pm Wednesday, after lengthy arguments that took most of the day.

A PREMIUM TIMES’ correspondent at the court said judges heard arguments concerning seven different appeals challenging the decision of the Court of Appeal court to nullify the entire election in Akwa Ibom State.

Damian Dodo, counsel to Governor Udom Emmanuel, argued that the cancellation of the previous results based on reported card reader issues, was not constitutional.

Mr. Dodo also argued that the allegation of disenfranchisement should have been checked per polling station, and not by relying on claims from a few polling units.

Responding, Wole Olanikpekun, the counsel to the APC and its candidate in the election, Umana Umana, said the previous judgements were not based on just the card readers, but on core evidence.

He said various evidences were brought before the court.

More to come…


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  • Ahmed Liasu

    Nice argument , you can read more on penalysis


    Buhari’s public umbrage against the judiciary is a clear and open attempt to intimidate a vital arm of government. For if the judiciary fails, hope is lost for the survival of a democratic system of government that by definition is based on the rule of law. The attendant damage to the nation is too grave to contemplate. Indeed, this is the reason that, when all efforts to resolve a dispute in the polity have been exhausted, the judiciary has the final – some would say oracular – word as pronounced by ‘an independent and virtuous judiciary.’ In this connection, it is worthy to recall the late Justice Anthony Aniagolu’s counsel to members of the Bench to dispense justice with courage and integrity because ‘you …most directly represent God on earth because God is justice and so, by delivering justice on the people, you are sitting on [God’s] throne.’ In January 2012, the then CJN, Justice Dahiru Musdapher begged members of the Bench ‘in the name of justice [to decide cases] on their merits and not on technicalities.’ This Jugdement by the SC, is a clear victory over the LUCIFERIC THOUGHTS of the Apes in Apc-led by Alhaji General Doctor-nee Mohamed no Mohammadu Vampire Buhari against the God fearing people of Nigeria-what a shame –what a sweet victory! Inspite of refusing to congratulate Ijaw man Dickson-in Bayelsa state–we say 3 happy cheers to the Judiciary and the Governors of Akwa Ibom–Rivers, Abia and Bayelsa–state respectively-