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Group disagrees with A’Court’s verdict on Emodi

By  Innocent Anaba

ENUGU—The Igbo Leadership Forum, ILF, has condemned the conflicting judgements delivered by the Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu over the 2007 senatorial election of Anambra North Senatorial zone, won by Senator Joy Emodi.

The group also asked the Nigeria Judicial Council, NJC, to urgently intervene in the matter by calling the Justices who gave the second judgement to order, before the decision degenerates into anarchy.

The Court of Appeal, Enugu had last month delivered a ruling by declaring the All Nigerian Peoples Party, ANPP, candidate in the senatorial election, Chief Alphonsus Igbeke, winner despite an earlier judgement affirming Emodi by the same court and Justices.

The leader of ILF, Dr. Eustace Ejikeme in a statement, said “the second judgement is not only laughable but makes mockery of the judiciary and what it has achieved in fostering our democracy in recent times.

“How can the same court that said that the results tendered by Igbeke was fake, suddenly turn around to declare him winner based on the same tendered results?  How can Igbeke who came a distant fourth in the said election now be declared the winner by the same court?  There must be something the Justices are seeing that we are not seeing,” the group said.

ILF also said that Ndigbo will never move away from the “known to the unknown,” adding that Ndigbo knows Emodi and her antecedents more than her detractors.


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