Supreme Court Upholds Election Of Okowa, Three Others

 Supreme Court Upholds Election Of Okowa, Three Others

The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the elections of Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and that of three other governors.

 Ifeanyi Okowa was elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The three other governors whose election was also upheld are  Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia State), Darius Ishaku, (Taraba State) and Abubakar Bello (Niger State).

In four separate judgments, a seven-man panel of the court, led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, held that the appellants failed to prove their cases.

Justice Centus Chima Nweze, who read the lead judgment in the appeal marked: SC/1455/2019, on the Delta State governorship election, held that Great Ogboru of the All Progressives Congress (APC) failed to prove his allegation of irregularities.

According to Justice Nweze  the submissions by Damian Dodo, SAN, (for Okowa), Akinlolu Kehinde, SAN, (for the PDP) and John Baiyeshea, SAN, (for the Independent National Electoral Commission) to the effect that the appeal was a waste of the court’s time.

The judge agreed with Kehinde’s submission that Ogboru, who challenged elections in 896 polling units, only called witnesses in respect of five polling units, which was greatly inadequate.

He said:”This appeal is a share waste of the court’s precious time. There is no merit in the appeal and it is hereby dismissed.”

Justice Nweze proceeded to declare: I hereby uphold the election of the 1st respondent (Okowa) as the validly elected candidate of Delta State.

Other members of the panel: Rodes-Vivour, Musa Datijo Muhammad, Amina Augie, Paul Galumje, Ejembi Eko, Uwani Abba-Aji agreed with the lead judgment.

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