The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Monday, November 11, reserved judgment in three separate appeals; challenging the victory of Emeka Ihedioha in the March 9 governorship election in Imo State.
The five-member panel presided over by Justice Oyebisi Omoleye; announced that judgment in the three appeals would be delivered on a date to be communicated to parties; after parties in the various appeals also adopted their written addresses as brief of argument in the appeals.
The appeals were filed against the judgment of the Imo Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, which likewise upheld the election of Ihedioha.
It includes that of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) as well as his governorship candidate, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume; Action Alliance (AA) and his governorship candidate; Uche Nwosu and that of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, Sen. Hope Uzodinma.
The appellants are asking the appellate court to void the election of Ihedioha. This is on grounds that he did not obtain the constitutional one-quarter of the votes in at least two-thirds of the 27 local government areas of the state; in line with Section 179 of the Constitution.
In their various submissions by their counsel; the appellants are asking the court to set aside the decision of the tribunal and declare them the winner of the March 9 governorship election.
The three-member panel of the tribunal had in a unanimous decision delivered on Sept. 21; held that Ihedioha was lawfully declared the winner of the governorship election by INEC.
The tribunal in its judgment held that the case of the petitioners was unmeritorious; because they failed to call relevant witnesses and that evidence of witnesses called were based on hearsay.
The tribunal, in addition, rejected documents tendered by the petitioners in support of their claims; on the grounds that those who led evidence in the documents were not the makers of the documents.
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