The Supreme Court has upheld the election victories of Udom Emmanuel and Dapo Abiodun as winners of the March 9 governorship elections in Akwa Ibom and Ogun states respectively.
The apex court in a judgment delivered on Wednesday said the case filed by Nsima Ekere, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) lacked merit.
Ekere had approached the court to challenge the victory of Emmanuel, who was declared the winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC).
In a judgement delivered by Justice Mary Odili, the court said Ekere’s “appeal lacks merit and its accordingly dismissed”.
In the case of Ogun State, Adekunle Akinlade, the candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), had approached the Supreme Court to challenge the decision of the Court of Appeal, which had dismissed his petition against Governor Abiodun’s election on November 11.
The apex court, however, declared that the applicant failed to prove his allegation against Governor Abiodun.
The court in a judgement read by Justice Dattijo Mohammed said the applicants did not prove their allegation of non-compliance to the electoral laws.
“There is a failure to establish the substance of the alleged non compliance,” the court ruled.