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Supreme Court Affirms Election of Govs Okowa, Gaidam, Ajimobi

The Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed the election of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Also on Wednesday, the court in separate judgements upheld the elections of Sen Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State in the April 11, 2015 governorship elections held in their states.

In Delta, an unanimous decision of the seven-man panel of justices at the apex court, headed by Justice Walter Onnoghen, dismissed the appeal filed by Chief Great Ogboru of Labour Party and the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Olorogun O’tega Emerhor on grounds that it was lacking in merit.

In Oyo, the apex court dismissed the appeal by Raheed Ladoja of the Accord Party, challenging Ajimobi’s victory in the election conducted.

Justice Clara Binta Ogunbiyi who delivered the judgement, held that Ladoja’s appeal before the court lacked merit and constituted gross abuse of court process.

In Yobe, in affirming the election of governor Gaidam, Justice Mary Peter Odili held that the appeal challenging Gaidam’s election brought before the court by Adamu Maina Waziri of the PDP lacked merit and was accordingly dismissed.

The tribunal had earlier in October in Abuja dismissed the petition of the opposition candidate, Wazirifor its inability to prove beyond reasonable doubt that there were electoral malpractices in the April 2015 governorship poll in Yobe State.

The court also reserved reasons for all the judgments till Monday February 15, 2016.