Not satisfied with the Imo Election Petitions Tribunal ruling delivered over the weekend, Uche Nwosu, governorship candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) and his party have vowed to appeal the judgment.
The tribunal had on Saturday upheld the election of Governor Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), dismissing three petitions challenging his victory, including Nwosu’s suit.
Justice Umar Dogondaji had ruled that the petitioners failed to prove the allegations of non-compliance with the Electoral Act which they alleged marred the conduct of the poll.
The party in a statement signed by its Acting National Secretary, Eli Moses in Abuja on Tuesday, said that the tribunal’s verdict was “judgment and not justice.”
Moses said that the tribunal did not take cognisance of the provisions of the constitution on two-third of the local government areas in winning governorship election.
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“The attention of the National Think Tank Committee of our great party, Action Alliance, has been drawn to the ruling of the Imo Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal delivered at Abuja on Sept. 21,” the statement read.
“We wish to state as follows: That the party having interfaced with our team of lawyers, reject the outcome of the ruling by the tribunal as it only qualifies as a judgment and not justice.
“That the party and our governorship candidate Chief Uche Nwosu insist that the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is and remains the ground rule for adjudication.
“And, therefore, the PDP and its candidate at the election did not meet the constitutional requirement of two-thirds majority in the 27 local government areas of the state as required by law,” he said.
According to the party’s scribe, the judgment of the tribunal is in total violation of the provisions of the constitution and therefore, shall be challenged by the party at the Court of Appeal with a view to seeking justice.
“The party is and remains in total support of its governorship candidate Chief Uche Nwosu as he seeks justice at the Court of Appeal,” he said.