By FESTUS AHON
UGHELLI—THE Supreme Court, yesterday, dismissed the appeal by candidate of Democratic Peoples Party, DPP, in the May 6, 2011 rerun election, Mr Eme Mukoro, against the member representing Ughelli South Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly, Olorogun Taleb Tebite.

Mukoro had appealed against the December 19, 2011 judgment of the Court of Appeal, Benin, which declared Tebite winner of the May 6, rerun election.

The court declared that DPP had no candidate in the said election.

Justice Tabai, in the lead judgment, said the Supreme Court did not have the jurisdiction to entertain the matter, describing the appeal as a mere academic exercise.

According to Justice Tabai, all election matters emanating from state houses of assembly elections end at the Court of Appeal. The court awarded cost of N50,000 against Mukoro in favour of Tebite and PDP.

Fielding questions from newsmen after the judgment, lead counsel to Tebite and PDP, Chief Efe Akpofure, SAN, said the judgment was in order, adding that its was expected.

Tebite expressed gratitude to God, saying; “God stood by me all through the period of litigation. I also thank my good people of Ughelli South, my governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, and his deputy, Prof Amos Utuama, SAN, my speaker, Mr Victor Ochei, my colleagues and the press for their support.”

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