Court upholds Ekweremadu’s election victory


The Appeal Court in Enugu state on Tuesday affirmed Senator Ike Ekweremadu’s victory in the February 23 senatorial election held Enugu West zone.

In a unanimous judgment, the court dismissed the appeal for lacking in merit.

The panel held that the appellants, Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu of the All Progressives Congress failed to prove allegations of non-compliance to the Electoral Act and as such were not entitled to the reliefs sought.

The National and State Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal had on September 9, upheld the victory of Ekweremadu.

Dissatisfied with the judgment of the trial court, Ibekaku-Nwagwu approached the appellate court with sundry allegations that bother on non-compliance to the Electoral Act.

The appellant alleged incidences of over voting as well as announcement of result by the Independent National Electoral Commission while collation was still ongoing.

However, the appellate court, while upholding the decision of the trial court held that the appeal anchored on the refusal of the tribunal to nullify the elections in the 824 polling units of the zone failed woefully.

The court said that the winner of the election cannot have his election nullified on the allegations that the result sheet of the election was not dated.

The court awarded N50, 000 costs against the appellants in favour of each of the respondents which include the PDP, INEC and Ekweremadu.

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