The Court of Appeal in Abuja has affirmed the April 27 decision of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) ordering the Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde, to pay the outstanding balance of N3,374,889,425.60 (N3.4b) from the N4,874,889,425.60 (N4.9b) debt, arising from a May 7, 2021 judgment of the Supreme Court.
The N4,874,889,425.60 debt arose from the judgment of the Supreme Court given against Makinde, the state’s Attorney General, Accountant General and four others in an appeal by chairmen and councillors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), but sacked on May 29, 2019 by Makinde, upon assuming office.
In a unanimous judgment yesterday, a three-member panel of the Court of Appeal deplored Makinde’s conduct, which it described as disrespectful of the nation’s judicial system.
The appellate court, upheld that arguments by the lawyer to the ex-council chiefs, Musibau Adetunbi (SAN), resolved the two issues identified for determination against the appellants and dismissed the appeal filed by Makinde and six others for lacking in merit.
The court awarded N50million cost against Makinde and the other appellants, to be paid to the ex-council chiefs led by Bashorun Mojeed Bosun Ajuwon.
The judgment was on the appeal marked: CA/595/2023 filed by Makinde, the Oyo State’s Attorney General, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Accountant General of Oyo State, Speaker of Oyo State House of Assembly, the House of Assembly and Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC).
In the lead judgment, Justice Danlami Senchi, held that as against the contention by the appellants, there was no dispute in relation to the amount that constituted the judgment debt.