The Supreme Court will soon hear the appeals of opposition candidates who are challenging the electoral victory of 13 governors in the March 18 governorship election.
The affected states are Kano, Plateau, Abia, Delta, Cross River, Rivers, Lagos, Sokoto, Nasarawa, Benue, Akwa Ibom, Taraba, and Bauchi.
According to our correspondent , the appellants have filed their processes in court, seeking to overturn the judgments of the Court of Appeal that affirmed the governors’ wins. The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, is expected to empanel justices to hear the cases soon.
This is the final stage of the legal battle for the governors’ seats, as the Supreme Court decision is final and binding. Any governor who loses the case at the apex court will have to vacate office immediately.
This is unlike the lower courts, which allowed the governors to remain in office pending the outcome of the appeals.
The Supreme Court has a history of removing sitting governors whose elections were challenged.
However, some of the states, such as Kano, Abia and Plateau, are tense as they await the verdict of the Supreme Court, which could alter the political landscape of the country