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Appeal Court Affirms Imo Lawmaker’s Victory
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Appeal Court Affirms Imo Lawmaker’s Victory

Bernard Femi

The Imo State Court of Appeal, on Thursday, delivered judgement on the election that declared the All Progressives Congress candidate, Hon. Ozurigbo Ugonna, winner of the 2019 Federal House of Assembly election.

The Appeal Court sitting in Owerri, after considering available evidence filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), upheld APC candidate’s victory, pronouncing the honourable winner of the election.

Recall that Ozurigbo’s main opponent, Mr Kingsley Echendu, had earlier petitioned the election result at the Imo State Election Tribunal but the case was dismissed as a result of lack of evidence and a high level of inconsistency.

The PDP candidate further approached the Court of Appeal and the court agreed with the initial ruling, discarding the matter for the same reason.

According to the Appeal Court judge, Justice A.O Lokulo-Sodipe, the ruling indicated that the appellant failed to provide any substantive grounds for the appeal in this case. Ozurigbo thanked his supporters and the court for letting justice prevail.

“Finally, the courts have shown superior knowledge, therefore we can all now heave a sigh of relief after months of debating in the courts,” Ozurigbo stated.

Ozurigbo, talking to the press on his victory at the court, revealed that he had not deviated from his assignment as an honourable representing the good people of Nkwerre/Isu/Nwangele/Njaba federal constituency, as his people’s interest came first.