Nigeria high court upholds victories of 2 southern governors
Nigeria’s Supreme Court has upheld the victories of Emmanuel Oduaghan and Rochas Okorocha, the governors of Delta and Imo States, in South-South and South-eastern Nigeria respectively.
The governors contested the April 2011 governorship elections on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party and the All Progressive Grand Alliance (PDP).
Although hit by many challenges, last year's elections in Nigeria was generally commended by international observers including the African Union (AU), which at the time said it conformed to its Declaration on the principles governing democratic elections in Africa.
Delivering the two verdicts over the weekend, the judge said the Appeal Courts in two states, Benin, and Owerri had earlier legally erred for reserving reasons for the judgments on the petitions for more than 60 days.
The actions, he said violated the provisions of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution, as you’ll hear in this report by our Abuja Correspondent Martins Martins.
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