Supreme Court Set to Deliver Verdicts in Crucial Governorship Appeals Across Seven States


The Supreme Court is poised to deliver verdicts in seven governorship appeals today, January 12, 2024, starting at 9 am. The states under scrutiny are Lagos, Kano, Zamfara, Plateau, Ebonyi, Bauchi, and Cross River.

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Yusuf vs. Gawuna:
In late December, the Supreme Court reserved judgment in the appeal filed by Kano State Governor Abba Yusuf, challenging the decisions of the Court of Appeal and the State Election Petitions Tribunal. The tribunal had nullified Yusuf’s victory in the March 18 governorship election, affirming Nasiru Gawuna of the APC as the duly elected governor. The Court of Appeal upheld this decision, leading to Yusuf seeking redress in the Supreme Court.

Mutfwang vs. Goshwe
On January 9, 2024, the Supreme Court reserved judgment in the appeal filed by Plateau State Governor Caleb Mutfwang. The Court of Appeal had nullified his election, leading to Mutfwang’s appeal. The governor argued that the respondents had no right to question how a party elects its state executives. The appellate court had ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue a Certificate of Return to Goshwe, prompting Mutfwang to seek redress in the Supreme Court.

Lawal vs. Matawalle:
In November, the Appeal Court nullified the election of Zamfara State Governor Dauda Lawal. The tribunal had earlier upheld Lawal’s victory, but the appellate court disagreed, ordering a fresh election in three local government areas. Unhappy with this decision, Lawal appealed to the Supreme Court to seek redress.

Mohammed vs. Abubakar:
In November, the appellate court affirmed the victory of Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State in the March 18 governorship election. Sadique Abubakar, the APC governorship candidate, had filed the appeal, challenging the tribunal’s judgment. The court ruled against Abubakar, leading to his appeal to the Supreme Court.

Sanwo-Olu vs. GRV, Jandor:
The Appeal Court in Lagos affirmed the tribunal’s judgment, confirming the return of Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Obafemi Hamzat as the Governor and Deputy Governor of Lagos state. The PDP and LP had appealed the tribunal’s decision, but the appellate court dismissed the appeal for lack of merit. Unsatisfied, the LP and PDP candidates approached the Supreme Court.

Nwifuru vs. Odii:
The Supreme Court reserved judgment in the Ebonyi State governorship election appeal after the Court of Appeal in Lagos affirmed the election of APC’s Francis Nwifuru as the duly elected governor. Chukwuma Odii, the PDP candidate, approached the Supreme Court to seek redress against the tribunal’s decision.

The outcomes of these judgments will significantly impact the political landscape in the respective states.

Emman Tochi
Emman Tochi
Emma Tochi is Naija247news Media Northern Bureau Chief, he's based in FCT Abuja. He overseas the northern operations of this business media

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