The Enugu zone of the Court of Appeal today dismissed the appeal brought before it by Chris Ngige, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 16, 2013 election.
Mr. Ngige had asked the appeal court to overturn the verdict of the Anambra State Governorship Election Tribunal that had earlier upheld the election of Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as the Anambra governor. Mr. Obiano was sworn in in March 2014 to succeed former Governor Peter Obi, also of APGA.
The court in upholding the judgment dismissed all the four appeals against the election of the governor.
The presiding justice Mohammed Lawal Garba while pronouncing lead judgement on the appeal filed by All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship candidate, Sen. Chris Ngige, resolved the 11 issues sought against the appellant and subsequently dismissed the appeal for incompetence and lack of merit and awarded N50, 000 cost against the appellant.
On the second appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate, Tony Nwoye against INEC and Governor Willie Obiano, another member of the panel, Justice Ejembi Eko who pronounced lead judgement, dismissed the appeal for lack of. Merit and awarded N50, 000 cost in favour of the respondent.
The third appeal filed by PDP suffered the same fate of dismissal as Justice Akeju I. O in his lead judgement awarded N30, 000 cost against appellant.
Today’s verdict marks the final stage of any legal challenge to the election of Mr. Obiano.