On Monday, the Supreme Court dismissed Senator Smart Adeyemi’s appeal challenging the judgments of the lower courts regarding the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election in Kogi State. Adeyemi’s initial lawsuit, filed at the Federal High Court, sought to invalidate the APC’s primary election that saw Usman Ododo emerge as the party’s candidate for the upcoming Kogi governorship election.
However, the Federal High Court and the Court of Appeal had previously dismissed Adeyemi’s case for lacking merit. Despite this, the senator filed an appeal before the apex court.
In a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Emmanuel Agim, the Supreme Court declared that Adeyemi’s appeal was without merit as it failed to challenge the concurrent findings of the lower courts or demonstrate any perverseness in their decisions.
The court emphasized that the appellant did not assert any lack of evidence supporting the findings of the lower courts and reiterated that it had no jurisdiction to revisit issues of facts unless there was evidence of perversity.
Moreover, the Supreme Court deemed the two issues raised in Adeyemi’s brief as baseless, vexatious, and contrary to the provisions of Sections 132 and 133(1) of the Evidence Act 2011. Consequently, the court directed the payment of N1 million to the first and third respondents involved in the case.
Additionally, the Supreme Court strongly condemned the practice of parties discussing pending appeals on television, considering it contemptuous. Justices cautioned against making unreasonable claims in public and emphasized the importance of respecting legal processes and the court’s authority.
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