Kogi: S/Court Decides Wada, Akpoti Appeals Monday

August 26, 2020
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Supreme Court yesterday, adjourned till Monday August, 31 to deliver judgement in the appeals filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate, Engr. Musa Wada and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and its candidate, Natasha Akpoti against the re-election of Alhaji Yahaya Bello as the governor of Kogi State.

A seven-man panel of the apex court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, adjourned the two separate appeals by the PDP and SDP after the lawyers adopted their submissions before the court.

Other Supreme Court justices in the seven-man panel were Justices Bode Rhodes-Vivour, Nwali Ngwuta, K.M.O. Kekere-Ekun, John Inyang Okoro, Amina Augie, Uwani Musa Abba-Aji. They all cut their holiday short to hear and determine the appeals.

At the hearing, the PDP and Wada’s lawyer, Jibrin Okutepa (SAN), asked the apex court to allow their appeal and grant the reliefs sought by his clients.

However, Governor Bello’s lawyer, J.B. Daudu (SAN) and that of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Dr Alex Izinyon (SAN), urged the court to dismiss the appeal for lacking in merit.

Daudu specifically asked the apex court to affirm the concurrent decisions of the Court of Appeal and the State governorship election petition tribunal.

The CJN after taking arguments announced that the court would deliver judgement in the matter on Monday August 31. In the second appeal filed by the SDP and its governorship candidate, Natasha Akpoti, the apex court also announced its decision to give final verdict on the same day with that of the PDP.

While arguing their brief, the two appellants had pleaded with the panel of the apex court to set aside the findings of the Court of Appeal and the tribunal and allow their appeal to succeed.

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