Makinde and El-Rufai

By Gbenro Adesina

The Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed the elections of Governor Seyi Makinde as governor of Oyo State and Governor Nasir El-Rufai as governor of Kaduna State.

Unanimously, the Supreme Court found merit in the appeal filed by Makinde asking the Apex court to declare the majority judgment of the Appellant Court as miscarriage of justice.

In a clear term, the Apex Court affirmed the majority judgment of the Oyo State Governorship Election Tribunal, stressing that the governor was elected in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Electoral Act.

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC governorship candidate, Bayo Adelabu had challenged Makinde’s victory at the governorship election tribunal, but the tribunal dismissed his petition.

Subsequently, he approached the Appeal Court, which did not give a clear ruling on the matter, necessitating Makinde approaching the Supreme Court for definite ruling.

In the case of El-Rufai, the Supreme Court in a unanimous decision said the PDP and its candidate failed to prove the issues raised in their allegations and subsequently dismissed the petition.

The PDP and its candidate, Isah Ashiru, had asked the court to set aside the decisions of the Court of Appeal and the Kaduna State tribunal which both affirmed Mr El-Rufai’s elections

Mr El-Rufai was declared winner of the Kaduna state governorship elections with 1, 045, 427 votes, defeating Mr Ashiru with over 200,000 votes.