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Supreme Court Hears Governorship Election Appeals Of Ebonyi, Benue States Today

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The Supereme Court is set to hear the Governorship Election Appeals of Ebonyi and Benue States, with Justice John Okoro leading the five man panel of Justices.

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue State, Titus Uba, is challenging the victory of Governor Hyacinth Alia of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The Governor of Benue State, Hyacinth Alia and his deputy, Sam Ode, are in attendance.

The Court of Appeal Abuja, had affirmed Alia’s election as governor of Benue State, who was declared winner of the March 18 Governorship Election.

The court had said it lacked the jurisdiction to hear the petition because it was a pre-election matter.

The court held that Uba ought to have prosecuted the forgery allegation against Sam Ode, the deputy governor at the high court.

It also held that Uba failed to prove allegations of forgery against Ode beyond reasonable doubt.

For Ebonyi State, the Court of Appeal Lagos, had affirmed the election of Fran­cis Nwifuru as the duly elected governor of Ebonyi State.

In a unanimous decision, the three-member panel led Justice Jummai Sankey, dismissed the appeal filed by Chukwuma Odii of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The panel also resolved all the five issues raised against the appellant and dismissed the appeal for lacking in merit.

Justice Sankey, held that the PDP and its candidate lacked the legal right to meddle in the internal affairs of the All Progressives Congress as it relates to the nomination of candidates.

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