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APC candidate’s petitions against Ekweremadu lacked merit, failed completely – Appeal Court



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The Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu on Tuesday upheld the election of a former deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

The appellate court dismissed the appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in February 23 election, Mrs. Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu.

The National and State Assemblies Election Petitions Tribunal had on September 9 dismissed the APC’s candidate prtition for lack of merit.

In its ruling, the court declared that Ekweremadu was duly elected as senator representing the Enugu West Senatorial District in the last election.

The appellant court panel chaired by Justice I.M. Salawu, in a unanimous judgment dismissed the APC‘s candidate appeal on the ground that it lacked in merit.

According to the court, the appellants failed to prove allegations of non-compliance with the Electoral Act and as such were not entitled to the relief sought.

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The court also held that the appeal anchored on the refusal of the tribunal to nullify the elections in the 824 polling units of the zone failed completely.

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

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