Supreme Court Affirms Election Of Governor Ayade Of Cross River

Governor of Cross Rivers State, Ben Ayade
Governor of Cross Rivers State, Ben Ayade

The Supreme Court has reaffirmed the election of Ben Ayade as the Governor of Cross River State.

A gubernatorial aspirant, Joe Agi, who contested the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, governorship primary election in the state in 2015, had asked the court to sack Ayade over false declaration of age but the apex court held on Friday that Agi could not prove the allegation against the governor.

After losing the primary election, Agi filed a case against Ayade at the Federal High Court, claiming among other prayers that Ayade was parading conflicting age declarations, maintaining that by the constitution of the party the respondent was not qualified to be governorship candidate.

Agi asked the court to declare him candidate of the party having come second in the primaries.

    However, On July 31, 2015, Justice Abdul Kafarati of Federal High Court dismissed the case on grounds that the matter was not proved beyond reasonable doubt.

    On appeal, the judgment of the high court was later upheld by the Court of Appeal in a three-man panel of Judges led by Justice Tinuade Akomolefe.

    Agi who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, took the matter to the Supreme Court but lost again.

    In a unanimous judgement , a five-member panel of justices dismissed the application for lacking in merit.

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