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Anambra Central: Umeh accepts defeat as Appeal Court upholds Ekwunife’s election

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The candidate of the Grand Alliance of All Progressives (APGA), for the central senatorial zone of Anambra in the last general elections, Senator Victor Umeh, accepted the verdict of the Court of Appeals, which confirmed the victory of his opponent, the senator Ekwunife of the Democratic Peoples Fiesta, PDP.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that The Court of Appeals had affirmed on Friday that Ekwunife won Umeh in the elections.

In response to the ruling, Umeh said: “Today, the Court of Appeals of the Enugu Division issued a decision on my appeal filed regarding the election of the Central Senate District of Anambra on February 23, 2019. The judges of the court in a unanimous ruling dismissed my appeal.

Being the Final Court vested with authority by our Constitution on electoral matters of the National Assembly, I accept the ruling as there can be no further appeals allowed by law in the case! This, therefore, puts an end to all the problems and controversies surrounding such election.”

Speaking further, Umeh said: “I am delighted that during the seventeen months that I represented my Senate District in the National Assembly, I was able to achieve much for them in all areas.

“I was able to demonstrate what an honest representation can do for people. I attracted and made sure that 40 constituency projects were executed in the district for 2018. I also attracted 28 projects for 2019. I wish I had more time to do much more!

“First of all, I want to thank the Almighty God for his grace on me and my family and for keeping us safe throughout this Period.

“I want, in my and my wife’s name, to deeply appreciate and thank the voters in the Central Senate District of Anambra who cast their votes for me on election day.

“Despite the enormous odds on our way, 81,429 votes were recorded for me! This is a vast number that nobody can want!

“For the members of my Campaign Organization and my indefatigable Media Team, I cannot find the right words to express my gratitude and that of my wife! You are simply the best gifts with which God can bless anyone in a fight like this. You were stubborn, fierce, and unstoppable! May Almighty God bless you all for us!