Monday, 24 June 2013

Supreme Court Affirms Uduaghan's Election

The Supreme Court has  affirmed the elections of governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta in the April 2011 election.

The Apex Court subsequently threw out the appeal of candidate of the  Democratic Peoples Party (DPP), Great Ogboru.

Ogboru had approached the Supreme court asking it to set aside its March 21, 2012,judgment which affirmed Emmanuel Uduaghan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the election.

Great Ogboru, through his counsel, Dickson Osuala, had argued that the Supreme Court was wrong to strike out his initial appeal against Uduaghan’s election, even as it agreed that the decision of the Court of Appeal was a nullity.

The Apex Court, he argued should have heard it on its merit, or made a consequential order remitting the petition to the governorship election petition tribunal.

Leading a panel of five Justices, Justice Suleman Galadima, described Ogboru's application as an Abuse of Court process.

An obviously unimpressed counsel to Ogboru went philosophical after the ruling.

This may just be the final destination for the protracted litigation that has trailed governor's Uduaghan's election two years ago .

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