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Supreme Court To Give Final Verdict On Obiano’s Election Tomorrow

The apex court, the Supreme Court will tomorrow give its final judgment on the appeals brought by Senator Chris Ngige of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Tony Nwoye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenging the return of Governor Willy Obiano by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as winner of the November 16, 2013, the Anambra State governorship poll.

Dr. Chris Ngige, a serving APC senator and also one term Governor of Anambra state and Tony Nwoye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are asking the Supreme Court to nullify Obiano’s election on the grounds that there was substantial non-compliance with the constitution and Electoral Act in its conduct. They are also contending that Obiano, who INEC declared winner of the election, engaged in multiple voters’ registration and lied on oath, which makes him illegible to contest as a candidate in the election.

The Court of Appeal Enugu Division had on July 26 affirmed the election of Obiano, dismissing the appeals challenging his election as “incompetent and lacking in merit.”

In unanimous judgments, the Appeal Court presided over by Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba, upheld the decision of the Anambra Election Petition Tribunal in Awka, which pronounced that Obiano was duly returned by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as winner of the November 16, 17 and 30 Governorship polls in Anambra State.

Other members of the five-man panel of the Court of Appeal were Justices, Eko Akeju, Ejembi Eko, Tijani Abubakar an M. Mustafa.

Not satisfied with that decision, the parties proceeded to the Supreme Court which is the final arbiter on governorship elections in Nigeria.

The Supreme Court heard all the appeals last week and reserved judgment for tomorrow.

 

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