With the resolution of all six Appeals by the various parties that challenged the victory of Mr. Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki at the last governorship election in Edo State, in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, attention will shift today May 27, 2021 to the Supreme Court.
The hope and faith of Nigeria democracy will rest squarely on the shoulders of the 18 justices of the Apex court. All the rulings and judgements from the Tribunal have been on Obaseki’s qualification to contest the election. Ironically, none of the appellants contested the outcome of the election.
The mood last night, was upbeat amongst the All Progressives Congress, APC members as they were finalizing their plans for a ‘victory party today’ to mark what they called, ‘shocker of the century’.
However, the PDP on the other hand, have dismissed the hasty celebration of APC and emphasised the six Appeal Court victories secured on the road to the final judgement 2021.
The party congratulated Obaseki and praised the judiciary for standing on the side of history.
“Edo PDP congratulate Governor Godwin Obaseki on the resounding victory he recorded in the Appeal Court sitting in Benin City. It is a testimony to the fact that this government was enthroned by the wish of Edo people and had the blessings of God.
“Governor Obaseki, we once again congratulate you and the good and patient people of Edo State as your RESETTING EDO agenda moves to the next level.” The statement signed by Mr. Chris Neghikhare, PDP State Publicity Secretary concluded.
A cross section of legal experts have expressed their thoughts on the possible outcome of the Supreme Court judgement today, and concluded that, the justices will rely on the arguments and conclusions at the lower courts to reach their decision.
They pointed out that the appellants and respondents do not have the benefit of further arguments to change the issues for determination that were established at the election Tribunal, the Federal High Court and the Appeal Court.
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