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Appeal Court Affirms Gov. Ihedioha’s Election



Emeka Ihedioha
Emeka Ihedioha

The Appeal Court in Abuja on Tuesday, upheld the election of Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha.

The court delivered the judgment following an appeal filed by the Action Alliance, All Progressives Grand Alliance, AA, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, challenging the election of Ihedioha.

All appellants argued in their appeals that Ihedioha did not obtain the constitutionally required one-quarter of votes cast in at least, two-thirds of the 27 local government areas of the state, as provided under Section 179 of the Constitution.

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They urged the court to set aside the decision of the tribunal and declare them winner of the election.

Alternatively, the appellants prayed the court to order a rerun.

However, the appellate court dismissed the appeal for lack of merit.

It also fined the AA gubernatorial candidate, Uche Nwosu five hundred thousand naira for waste of time.

The court held that Nwosu had no ground to appeal the verdict of the Tribunal which had earlier affirmed Ihedioha’s victory in the March 9, 2019, gubernatorial election in Imo State.

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The appallete Court also struck out the petition of Senator Hope Uzodimma challenging Ihedioha’s victory in the last election.

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