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Supreme Court reserves judgement in Nasarawa Governorship Appeal

Supreme Court reserves judgement in Nasarawa Governorship Appeal

The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved judgment in the fierce legal battle on the governorship election of Nasarawa State.

The legal battle is between the incumbent governor, Abdullahi Sule of the All Progressives Congress APC and the People's Democratic Party PDP and its governorship candidate, Hon Emmanuel David Ombugadu.

At Tuesday's proceedings, lead counsel to PDP and its governorship candidate, Kanu Agabi SAN appealed to the apex court to set aside the November 23 judgment of the Court of Appeal which upheld Sule as the lawfully elected governor.
In its place, Agabi, a former Attorney General of the Federation AGF and Minister of Justice canvassed that the October 2, 2023 judgment of the Nasarawa State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal granted in favour of PDP and Ombugadu be restored.

Agabi specifically called that the Supreme Court should allow the votes of Nasarawa state people to count and be meaningful be declaring PDP and Ombugadu as winners as rightly done by the Tribunal.

However, Governor,. Independent National Electoral Commission INEC and APC urged the court to dismiss the appeal for want of merit.
APC lawyers, led by Akin Olujinmi SAN while adopting his brief of arguments asked the apex court to carefully looked into the cited authorities to back up their request for dismissal of the case.
After taking arguments from lawyers, Justice Kekere-Ekun announced that judgment has been reserved and that the date for its delivery would be communicated to parties involved.

The Appeal Court had on November 23 last year reversed the sack of Gov Sule by the State Election Petitions Tribunal in its judgment delivered on October 2.
The Appellate Court held that the Tribunal headed by Ezekiel Ajayi acted in grave error in using witness statements on oath, not front-loaded as required by law to arrive at the unjust conclusion of nullifying the election of the governor.

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