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Breaking: Supreme Court confirms Emmanuel, Ikpeazu as Akwa Ibom, Abia governors

03 February 2016, 22:27Lekan Oladeinde

Abuja -  The Supreme Court on Wednesday night upheld the elections of Udo Emmanuel as Governor of Akwa Ibom and Okezie Ikpeazu as Abia Governor.

The apex court in separate decisions dismissed all the appeals challenging the elections of the two governors.

Also read: Supreme Court set to deliver judgments in Akwa Ibom, Abia elections

The court promised to provide reasons for its decisions on February 15.

In the Akwa Ibom case, a seven-man panel of Justices of the apex court, in a unanimous judgement, vacated the decision of the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal which ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct fresh election in the state.

The apex court, in a lead judgment that was delivered by Justice Cintus Nweze around 9:40pm on Wednesday, said there was merit in the appeal that was lodged before it by both governor Emmanuel and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

For Abia state, a seven-man panel of Justices of the apex court headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, voided the verdict of the Owerri Division of the Court of Appeal which sacked Ikpeazu from office.

Justice ‎Sulaiman Galadima ‎Who delivered the lead judgment, said there was merit in the appeal that was lodged by both Ikpeazu and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

- News 24


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