Supreme Court grants stay of execution in Kogi governorship election petition

The Supreme Court, on Thursday, granted a stay of execution of the Court of Appeal’s orders, which were issued on 1st March 2024.

The orders had previously set aside the inspections carried out by the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

The Appeal Court sitting in Abuja had earlier overruled the decision of the Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting also in Abuja.

However, the SDP candidate, Alhaji Muritala Yakubu Ajaka, and the party instructed their legal team to appeal to the Supreme Court against the orders of the Court of Appeal.

Following the application for an interim stay made by the petitioners’ legal team, the Supreme Court decided the case in favour of the petitioners.

Moving the application Thursday morning, Chief J.S.Okutepa SAN, leading Shaibu Enejoh Aruwa SAN and other lawyers, urged the Supreme Court to grant the application to avoid irreparable damages the orders of the Court of Appeal will cause the Petitioners.

The Supreme Court agreed and ordered a stay regarding the reliefs sought in the motion filed on 5th March 2024.

The motion on notice has been adjourned to 11th March 2024 for a hearing.

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