The Supreme Court, Monday, gave reasons why it upheld the April 11, 2015, governorship election that brought Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state to power.
Adducing reasons for the unanimous judgment it delivered on February 3, a seven-man panel of Justices of the apex court, maintained that neither the All Progressives Congress, APC, nor its gubernatorial candidate in the state, Umana Okon Umana, was able to prove that the election was rigged.
The Supreme Court panel faulted both the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal and the Akwa Ibom State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, which it said failed to properly evaluate the evidence and case that the contending parties filed before them.
It will be recalled that the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal had on December 18, 2015, nullified the outcome of the April 11 governorship election in Akwa Ibom State.
The appellate court equally vacated the judgement of the Akwa Ibom State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which had on October 21, ordered a re-run poll in 18 out of 31 Local Government Areas in the State.