The Supreme Court, presided over by a panel of justices led by Justice Inyang Okoro, has rendered its judgment in the case brought forth by Abubakar Achimugu, a governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State. Achimugu sought to nullify the primary election that produced Usman Ododo as the APC’s gubernatorial candidate for the upcoming election scheduled for November 11.
Achimugu’s appeal was dismissed after the Federal High Court previously rejected his claim that Ododo did not resign from his position within the Kogi State public service 30 days before entering the governorship primary election. The trial court found evidence to the contrary, confirming that Ododo had indeed resigned more than 30 days prior to participating in the APC primary.
Furthermore, the Appeal Court unanimously upheld the judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja, deeming the appeal devoid of merit and subsequently dismissing it.
During the Supreme Court proceedings, Achimugu’s lawyer initially argued that the respondents had not resigned from their appointments, but later conceded that they had indeed resigned. The Supreme Court justices questioned the appellant’s counsel about the absence of challenges to the pervasiveness of the decisions made by the Federal High Court and the Court of Appeal in the appellant’s brief.
In light of this omission, Achimugu chose to withdraw his appeal, resulting in the dismissal of the case. This development solidifies Usman Ododo’s candidacy as the APC gubernatorial candidate for the upcoming election in Kogi State.
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