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August 18, 2018

Supreme Court upholds Obiano’s election

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The Supreme Court in a unanimous judgment yesterday threw out the multiple appeals challenging the election of Governor Wille Obiano of Anambra State for lack of merits. Affirming the concurrent decisions of the lower courts, the Supreme Court held that the appellants in the appeals, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, Senator Chris Ngige, as well as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Tony Nwoye, failed to prove that the alleged substantial non-compliance with the Electoral Acts affected the outcome of the election.

Before yesterday’s judgment, the court threw out the appeal brought by Chike Obidigbo, urging it to declare him the governor of the state on the strength that he was nominated by the Maxi Okwu faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as its gubernatorial candidate for the November 2013 governorship elections in the state

In the case of Obidigbo’s appeal, the apex court in a unanimous judgment by a seven-man panel of justices led by Justice Mahmud Mohammed, held that the appeal having been filed out of time was incompetent and accordingly dismissed it.

Meanwhile, Governor Obiano has dedicated his victory at the Supreme Court to the people of the state, saying it is a victory for everyone.

 

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