Supreme Court To Rule On More Governorship Election Disputes
The Supreme Court of Nigeria is set to deliver final judgment today (Monday) in the governorship election dispute in Kano and Sokoto states.
It will be recalled the seven-member panel of the apex court, headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad, began sitting Monday last week on the various pending cases brought by aggrieved parties on the outcome of the 2019 governorship elections in their respective states.
The panel had on Wednesday, January 15, adjourned the appeals for the two states for judgment today after lawyers in the matters made their submissions.
The CJN had explained that today was picked to avoid breaching the provision of the law on time limit for the disposal of election petitions.
Naija News reports section 285 (7) of the Constitution provides that: “An appeal from a decision of the election tribunal or court shall be heard and disposed-off within 60 days from the date of the delivery of judgment.”
In Kano state, the election victory of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of the APC is being challenged by Engr. Abba Yusuf of the PDP.
Similarly, Alhaji Ahmed Sokoto of the APC is challenging the victory of Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal who contested under the umbrella of the PDP.
Last week, Nigeria’s apex court in a landmark judgment had sacked Emeka Ihedioha as Governor of Imo State and ordered Sen. Hope Uzodinma of the APC be installed as the authentic governor.