It was another day of sweet victory for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and sitting state governors, as Governors Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom State and Ikpeazu of Abia State had their elections upheld on Wednesday by the Supreme Court.
The apex court, while arriving at its judgement, set aside the verdict of the Akwa Ibom State Governorship Election Tribunal, which cancelled election in 18 local government areas of the state and ordered a rerun in the affected LGAs and that of the Court of Appeal which also ordered for a fresh election in the entire state.
The court also upturned the verdict of the Court of Appeal that the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the Abia State election was the validly elected governor.
With Udom and Ikpeazu’s victory at the Supreme Court, the PDP may have gradually started regaining lost grounds, as prior to recent judgments from the apex court, the party had suffered judicial defeats especially in the hands of election tribunals and the Court of Appeal.
It would be recalled that the Supreme Court had also upturned the decision of Rivers State Governorship Election Tribunal and the Court of Appeal, to uphold the election of Governor Nyesom Wike on the January 27, while on Tuesday February 2, the same court upheld the election of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, another PDP governor.
The court also upheld the election of the Yobe State governor, Ibrahim Geidam.
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