By GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE & FESTUS AHON
BENIN—THE Court of Appeal sitting in Benin, yesterday, affirmed the declaration of Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as the winner of the April 26, 2011 governorship election in Delta State.
The appellate court dismissed the appeal by Chief Great Ogboru of Democratic Peoples Party, DPP, for lack of merit.
According to the court, “all the preliminary objections are unmerited and are accordingly overruled. The main appeal lacks merit and it is dismissed and the three cross-appeals having succeeded are hereby allowed.”
Justice Dattijo Mohammed said the reasons for the court’s decision would be communicated on a subsequent date to counsel.
Reacting to the court’s judgment, Secretary to Delta State Government, Mr Ovuzourie Macaulay, said, “God has done it again, we have been vindicated because all our appeals in this court have been upheld because though we won at the tribunal, there were still some levels of injustice in the judgment that was delivered at the tribunal.”
Reacting also, prominent Deltans described the judgment as the will of God for the state and urged Chief Ogboru to join forces with Uduaghan to move the state forward.
Those who spoke to Vanguard include; Senior Political Adviser to the Governor, Chief Ighoyota Amori; former Deputy National Secretary of PDP, Dr Steve Oru; member representing Ughelli South constituency in the state House of Assembly, Olorogun Taleb Tebite and Special Assistant to the Governor on Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Olorogun Jaro Egbo.