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Enugu West: Court takes final decision on Senator Ekweremadu’s election

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The Court of Appeals, Enugu Division, affirmed on Tuesday the election of Senator Ike Ekweremadu of the People Democratic Party (PDP) in the senatorial election of February 23 for the Enugu West area.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that In a unanimous ruling issued by the panel chaired by Judge I.M. Salawu, the court dismissed the appeal filed by Ms. Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for lack of merit.

The court held that the appellants did not prove the allegations of breach of the Electoral Law and, as such, were not entitled to the requested reparations.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that the National and State Assembly Petition Court that met in Enugu on September 9 confirmed Ekweremadu’s election.

Dissatisfied with the judgment of the court of first instance, Ibekaku-Nwagwu approached the appeals court with various accusations that border on the breach of the Electoral Law.

The appellant alleged incidents of over-voting as well as the announcement of the result by the National Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) while the compilation was still ongoing.

However, the appellate court, although confirming the decision of the trial court, said the appeal based on the court’s refusal to cancel the elections in the 824 voting units in the area unfortunately failed.

The court said that the winner of the election cannot annul his election on charges that the election results sheet was not dated.

The court granted N50,000 punitive costs against the appellants in favor of each of the defendants, which include the PDP, INEC and Ekweremadu.