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Appeal Court Upholds Anambra Governor’s Victory



An Appeal Court sitting in Enugu on Saturday dismissed the appeal brought before it by Senator Chris Ngige, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the November 16 governorship election against Willie Obiano, the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the winner of the election.

Senator Ngige had appealed to the court to upturn the verdict of the Anambra State Governorship Petition Tribunal that had earlier upheld the election of Willie Obiano as the governor.

The presiding judge, Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba, pronounced the judgment on all the appeals against the election of the governor.

He dismissed all for incompetence and lack of merit and awarded 50,000 Naira cost against the appellant.

Also, the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Tony Nwoye, against the Independent National Electoral Commission and Governor Willie Obiano suffered the same fate of dismissal for lack of merit.

The victorious governor and the National Chairman of the APGA, Victor Umeh, the appeal court judgment marks the final stage of any legal challenge to the election of Mr Obiano.

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