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Appeal Court affirms Ekweremadu’s election

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The Court of Appeal, Enugu Division on Tuesday affirmed the election of Ike Ekweremadu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Feb. 23 Senatorial election for Enugu West zone.

In a unanimous judgment delivered by the panel chaired by Justice I.M. Salawu, the court dismissed the appeal filed by Mrs Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for lacking in merit.

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The court held that the appellants failed to prove allegations of non-compliance to the Electoral Act and as such were not entitled to the reliefs sought.

Recall that the National and State Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal that sat in Enugu had on Sept. 9, upheld the election of Ekweremadu.

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Ibekaku-Nwagwu who was dissatisfied with the judgment of the trial court, approached the appellate court with sundry allegations that border on non-compliance to the Electoral Act.

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She alleged incidences of over voting as well as announcement of result by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) while collation was still ongoing.

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However, the appellate court, while upholding the decision of the trial court held that the appeal anchored on the refusal of the tribunal to nullify the elections in the 824 polling units of the zone failed woefully.

The court said that the winner of the election cannot have his election nullified on the allegations that the result sheet of the election was not dated.

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The court awarded N50, 000 punitive costs against the appellants in favour of each of the respondents, which include the PDP, INEC and Ekweremadu.

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