According to The Nation, notices of the impending judgments have been sent to parties in the appeals
Recall the court on December 19, 2023, heard and reserved judgments in two appeals filed by Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, candidate of the Labour Party (LP), and his counterpart in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Azeez Adediran against the election of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The appeals by Rhodes-Vivour (SC/CV/1152/2023) and Adeniran (SC/CV/1155/2023) are against the earlier judgments of the Court of Appeal in Lagos, which affirmed the two decisions of the election tribunal dismissing both appellants’ petition, challenging Sanwo-Olu’s victory in the last governorship election
On December 21 the apex court heard and reserved judgment in the appeals filed in respect of the dispute over the last governorship election in Kano State in which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) returned Abba Yusuf of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) as the winner.
Nine appeals and counter-appeals were filed in all. But, in December 21 when the appeals were called, a five-member panel of the court presided over by Justice John Okoro elected to hear the main appeal filed by Yusuf, marked: SC/CV/1179/2023.
The court said its decision in the appeal heard is to be applied to others because the issues are similar.
Yusuf is, by his appeal, seeking to upturn the November 17 judgment of the Court of Appeal, which affirmed the September 20 decision of the election tribunal voiding his victory in the March 18 election
On January 9, the apex court heard and reserved judgment on the appeals filed in respect of Plateau State.
Three appeals were filed in respect of Plateau State, while the same number was filed about Delta State.
Out of the three filed in respect of Plateau, the court heard the one filed by Governor Caleb Mutfwang (SC/CV/1190/2023), with an agreement by parties that the decision in the one heard shall be applied to the appeal filed by the Governor’s party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), marked: SC/CV/1191/2023.
The third appeal, filed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was withdrawn by its lawyer, Samuel Atung (SAN) when the court made him realise that the other appeals were sufficient to resolve the dispute.
The three appeals are directed against the November 19 judgment of the Court of Appeal, which voided Mutfwang’s election.
On January 11 the apex court will decide the appeal by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last governorship election in Cross River State, Senator (Prof) Sandy Ojang Onor.
In the appeal, marked: SC/CV/1194/2023 Onor is seeking to upturn the victory of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election, Senator Bassey Edet Otu..