The Supreme Court has affirmed the election of Udom Emmanuel as the governor of Akwa Ibom State. The unanimous judgement of the apex court was delivered by Justice Musa Dattijo Muhammad who dismissed the appeal challenging Emmanuel’s election for lack of merit.
The apex court has also affirmed the election of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State. The unanimous judgement of the apex court, which was delivered by Justice Paul Galinje, dismissed the two appeals challenging the election.
Justice Galinje said:“A petitioner cannot add to or subtract from the provision of Section 138 of the Electoral Act. “Accordingly, this appeal lacks merit and same is dismissed by me.”
The Supreme Court also affirmed the election of Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State.In a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Inyang Okoro, the Supreme Court held that the appellant, Senator Garba Lado of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Masari did not qualify to participate in the election.
The apex court also affirmed the election of Dapo Abiodun as the governor of Ogun State. It dismissed the appeal filed by Adekunle Akinlade of Allied People’s Movement (APM) against the election of Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Justice Mary Odili who delivered the unanimous judgement of the court, held that the appellants failed to discharge the burden of proof of non compliance with the Electoral Act as argued.