The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an appeal against the appearance of the governor of the state of Imo, Emeka Ihedioha.
The trial court dismissed the appeal filed by ahead of the Popular Democratic Party, PDP, in the state of Imo, Samuel Nnaemeke Anyanwu, against the appearance of Ihedioha as a party candidate in the 2019 governor elections in the country.
A single sentence of a panel of five men of the court confirmed the previous concurrent sentences of the court of the first instance and the Court of Appeals, Owerri, which ruled in favor of Ihedioha because Anyannwu did not prove his case. The Imo PDP chief had criticized Ihedioha’s victory in the party’s governing primaries.
However, Judge John Okoro, in the main trial, said he could not prove his accusations of manipulation, killing, among other vices, which he said spoiled the process.
The apex court dismissed the appeal for “lack of merit” and granted a cost of N200,000 against the appellant.