Sunday, January 26, 2020


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It took just 30 seconds for the Supreme Court to dismiss Jime's appeal. The Seven-man panel of justices led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour came into the court room at exactly 2:23pm.

At about 2:24pm, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta called appeal No.SC.1520/2019 filed by Jime against the re-election of Governor Samuel Ortom.
Justice Ngwuta said: " We agree with the submissions of the respondents counsels that there is no need to disturb the judgement of the tribunal and Court of Appeal."

There was absolute silence.

A member of the panel, Justice Musa Muhammad Dattijo told Justice Ngwuta that the people are expecting to hear him say the appeal has been dismissed.

Justice Ngwuta then said: "The appeal has been dismissed for lack of merit. Come next week Tuesday and collect the judgement."

All the other six justices in their separate responses said: "I agree with the lead judgement."

All this was concluded within 30 seconds, and before 2:25pm, the court had started delivering judgement in the Adamawa appeal which lasted for over 20 minutes.

Earlier, counsel to Governor Ortom, Chief Sebastine Hon, SAN,  urged the court to dismiss the appeal pointing out that the appellants relied solely on the card reader which is not known to law.

Counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Uyi Igunma told the court that pleadings not supported by evidence goes to no issue.

He urged the court to dismiss the appeal as Jime and the APC had no oral or documentary evidence to warrant judgement in their favor.

Counsel to the PDP, Chief Chris Uche, SAN, also told the Court to dismiss the appeal describing it as suffering from acute evidential deficiency both in quality and quantity.

Counsel to the appellants, Yusuf Ali, SAN, urged the court to grant the appeal as total votes cast should be same with smart card reader accreditation figures.

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