Kano Gov Yusuf, 12 Others Risk Sack As Opposition Candidates Drag Them to Supreme Court

Dec 17, 2023 | Entertainment, News

  • 13 states have become battlegrounds for electoral disputes, with opposition candidates contesting the outcomes of the March 18 gubernatorial elections
  • According to the report, any of the 13 governors who lose out on their legal battle at the Supreme Court, will be sacked and removed from office
  • From Kano to Bauchi, to Plateau state, the legal battleground expands, echoing the intensity of the gubernatorial election disputes, that now rest at the Supreme Court’s doorstep

Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements

The last may not have been heard about post-election cases in many states as the fate of 13 governors from various states in Nigeria is now in the hands of the Supreme Court.

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Opposition candidates intensifies their legal battle against 13 governors at they headed to the Supreme Court.
Photo credit: Abba Kabir Yusuf, Caleb Mutfwang, Agbu Kefas
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13 governors might be sacked if they lose at the Supreme Court

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Following Court of Appeal judgments challenged by opposition candidates in the March 18 governorship elections, the final stage of litigation has begun.

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States under intense legal battle include Kano, Plateau, Abia, Delta, Cross River, Rivers, Lagos, Sokoto, Nasarawa, Benue, Akwa Ibom, Taraba, and Bauchi, Vanguard reported.

Legal teams representing aggrieved parties have officially filed their processes, with the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, expected to empanel justices for the impending hearings.

This marks the concluding chapter of the struggle for governors’ seats, and any unfavourable Supreme Court ruling will result in the removal of the incumbent governor.

This is the last stage of the battle for the governor’s seats across the states where elections were held on March 18. In essence, any governor who loses the case at the Supreme Court has to vacate office.

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This is unlike the outcomes of the election dispute cases at the lower courts (election petition tribunal and the Court of Appeal) which permitted the governors to stay in office regardless of whether they won or lost.

The Supreme Court’s decision on appeals on gubernatorial election cases in the country is final.

Kano: “APC are desperate” – Primate Ayodele

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Primate Babatunde Elijah Ayodele, the leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, commented on the Supreme Court’s imminent verdict on the disputed Kano state governorship election.

Primate Ayodele urged Governor Yusuf to continue seeking the face of God “for a positive outcome” at the Supreme Court.

Appeal court gives verdict on petition challenging Alex Otti’s election as Abia governor

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos State has affirmed the election of Alex Otti as Abia state governor.

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In its ruling on Saturday, December 2, the appellate court ruled that Otti’s election conformed with the provisions of the Electoral Act.

Plateau governor reacts as appeal court sacks him

Also, Legit.ng reported that Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau state said the verdict of the appeal court that nullified his election was a temporary setback.

Mutfwang expressed optimism that the ‘mandate overwhelmingly given to him’ by the people of Plateau state would be restored.

He said he has instructed his legal team to file an appeal against the appellant court’s verdict at the Supreme Court.

Source: Legit.ng

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