S’Court rejects interpretation request on Andy Uba, Oduah’s elections

TVC E, POLITICS - The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a motion filed by the Independent National Electoral Commission seeking clarification of its January 29, 2016 judgment which many claimed had sacked federal legislators from Anambra State, including Senators Andy Uba and Stella Oduah. A five-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, held that the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the motion. Justice Nyang Okoro, who read the lead ruling of the court, held that there was no ambiguity in the apex court’s judgment and could not be accommodated under Order 8 Rule 16 of the Supreme Court rules. ‎But despite declining jurisdiction to clarify the judgment, Justice Okoro, went on to highlight what the apex court decided and did not decide in the said verdict. Justice Okoro who had delivered the judgment which was being sought to be interpreted, ruled for instance, that the apex court did not resolve the...

Appeal Court nullifies ex-Gov. Nyako impeachment

TVC E, POLITICS - Two years after impeachment of Vice Admiral Murtala Nyako,(Rtd) as Adamawa State Governor by lawmakers, the Court of Appeal Sitting in Yola has set aside the lawmakers' decision. The Yola Division of Appeal Court on Thursday nullified the impeachment of the former governor by the 23 Peoples Democratic Party lawmakers in 2014, describing it as null and void. The five judges led by Justice Hannatu Sankey in their ruling unanimously set aside Nyako's impeachment saying that his fundemental human right was infringed by the state House of Assembly describing the action of the lawmakers as impunity, recklessness rascality, arrogant and abuse of legislative power. In the lead judgment read by Justice Tunde Ayotoye,  noted that the respondents took law into their hands by flagrantly abusing the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to meet up their selfish desire adding that Nyako was not given fair hearing. The court ordered...

Supreme Court dismisses appeal cases against Delta, Oyo, Yobe Governors

TVC E. The Supreme Court has today Tuesday dismissed appeals filed against the election of the Governors of Delta, Yobe and Oyo States respectively. ‎The seven man panel of the apex court led by Justice Walter Onnoghen dismissed the appeals filed by Mr Great Ogboru of the Labour Party and Emerhor Ortega of the All Progressives Congress, challenging the election of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State. The appeal against Okowa’s election was filed by Olorogun O’ tega Emerhor, and his Labour Party counterpart, Chief Great Ogboru.  While the appeal against Ajimobi’s election was filed by ‎Rashidi Ladoja of the Accord Party, that of Geidam was being challenged by Adamu Waziri of the Peoples Democratic Party, they both challenged the elections of Governors Abiola Ajumobi of Oyo State and Ibrahim Gaidem of Yobe State. The apex court justices under the presiding officer of Justice Mary Peter-Odili said, the appeals lacked merit, but deferred reasons for their decisions to...

Abia Gov urges S’Court to void Appeal Court’s judgment

TVCE [UMAHIA] - Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have filed a notice of appeal challenging the Appeal Court’s decision sacking him from office. The court’s panel, led by Justice Oyebisi had declared Alex Otti of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) the winner of the election of  April 11, last year. It held that Otti scored the highest valid votes of 164,332 against 114,444, scored by Ikpeazu. The court held that there were cases of over-voting and allocation of votes in favour of the PDP candidate in three Local Government Areas: Isi-Alangwa, Osisioma and Obingwa and voided elections in the three councils. In a notice of appeal filed yesterday at the Supreme Court, Ikpeazu and PDP are praying the court to, among others, set aside the Appeal Court’s judgment on the grounds that neither Otti nor his party had credible and cogent evidence to support their petition challenging Ikpeazu’s victory. They also wrote the Chairman of the Independent...