Supreme Court Affirms Makinde As Oyo Gov, El-Rufai For Kaduna, Sule In Nasarawa

The Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed the election of Seyi Makinde as governor of Oyo State, Nasir el-Rufai, Kaduna Governor and that of Abdullahi Sule as Governor Nasarawa State.

In a unanimous judgment, the Apex Court found merit in the appeal filed by Governor Makinde that the majority judgment of the Appeal Court was a miscarriage of justice.

The court, therefore, affirmed the majority judgment of the trial tribunal which upheld the election of Makinde as the duly elected governor of Oyo State.

The judgment applies to the remaining three appeals emanating from the election.

The Appeal Court had earlier ruled against the election tribunal in Oyo State which dismissed a petition by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, Adebayo Adelabu.

Governor Makinde urged the Apex Court to set aside the decision of the Court of Appeal and restore the judgment of the trial tribunal which affirmed his election as the governor of Oyo State.

Makinde’s counsel, Wole Olanipekun said that the 180 allowed by law for a petition to be heard had already been exhausted at the trial tribunal and so there cannot be another petition tribunal.

The panel which is headed by Justice Ejembi Eko later went on a short recess and returned to deliver the judgment which affirmed Makinde’s election victory.

In the case of the Kaduna governorship election, Mr Isa Ashiru, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had approached the Supreme Court challenging the election victory of Nasir El-Rufai.

However, in a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Centus Nweze, the appeal filed by Ashiru was dismissed for lacking in merit. 

Also in Nasarawa State, the Supreme Court upheld the election of Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State.

The seven-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili dismissed the appeal filed by David Ombugadu and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to challenge Sule’s victory at the March 9, 2019 election.

The court held that the appellant failed to prove allegations of substantial non-compliance in the election.