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Abiodun,Adebutu Await Supreme Court Verdict Amidst Intense Governorship Appeals Thursday

Daud Olatunji

In a pivotal week for the Nigerian legal landscape, the Supreme Court is poised to hear  21 appeals related to disputes arising from the last governorship election. 

The fate of notable figures, including Abiodun and Adebutu, hangs in the balance as the apex court schedules hearings from Monday to Thursday for cases spanning Ebonyi, Plateau, Delta, Adamawa, Abia, Ogun, Cross River, and Akwa Ibom states.

As the legal proceedings unfold, stakeholders anxiously await the court’s decision, especially concerning post-election governorship appeals on Kano, Lagos, and other states, which may be rendered on Friday.

The Supreme Court’s schedule, disclosed late on Sunday, January 7, outlines a rigorous agenda.

Monday kicks off with one appeal from the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), followed by two appeals from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Chukwuma Odii Ifeanyi. 

Additionally, two appeals by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in Benue state are set for consideration.

Tuesday sees the apex court addressing six appeals, with three concerning Plateau State, filed by the PDP, its candidate Nentawe Goshwe, and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). 

Simultaneously, three appeals related to Delta State are scheduled, filed by Kenneth Gbagi (Social Democratic Party – SDP), Omo-Agege Ovie Augustine (APC), and Peta Kennedy (Labour Party – LP).

Wednesday’s docket includes four appeals, two concerning Adamawa State, filed by the SDP candidate and a counter appeal by Ahmadu Fintiri of the PDP (the incumbent).

 The remaining two appeals pertain to Abia State, filed by Okechukwu Ahiwe of the PDP and Ikechi Emenike of the APC.

Thursday marks a critical day for Abiodun and Adebutu, as the court plans to hear six appeals.

 Two relate to Ogun State, filed by Oladipo Adebutu of the PDP and a counter appeal by Abiodun Adedapo of the APC (the incumbent governor). 

Additionally, an appeal related to Cross River, filed by Prof. Sandy Onor of the PDP, and two appeals regarding Akwa Ibom State, filed by Akpan Udofia of the Young Peoples Party (YPP) and John Akpan Udoedehe of the NNPC, will be addressed.

The climax of this legal saga is anticipated on Friday, when the Supreme Court is expected to deliver judgments on post-election governorship appeals, including crucial decisions impacting Lagos, Kano, and other states. 

As Thursday approaches, the political and legal spheres hold their breath, awaiting the outcome that will shape the future of these states and the political careers of Abiodun and Adebutu.

 

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