The Court of Appeal sitting in Owerri on has affirmed the victory of Senator Rochas Okorocha, of Imo West senatorial district.
The chairman of the panel, Justice R.A Ada, who read the judgment on Thursday said that the appeals filed by Senator Osita Izunaso of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Jones Onyereri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against Okorocha lacked merit.
Similarly, the Appeal Court in Owerri, also upheld the election of the Senate’s Chief Whip, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu as senator representing Abia North district.
In a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice R. A. Adah, the Court ruled that the tribunal erred on several counts in the suit filed by Mao Ohuabunwa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The appellant court ruled that the grounds upon which the lower court predicated its reliefs to the petitioner (Ohuabunwa) were faulty and not tenable in law.
The court also observed that the tribunal granted Ohuabunwa reliefs he never sought for and that this was unacceptable in law.
Reacting to the judgement, Kalu in a statement called for concerted efforts towards growth and development.
The statement reads in part, “we rejoice today, following the affirmation of the victory of our party, APC, in the February 23, 2019 National Assembly election in Abia North Senatorial district, I urge party members, loyalists, supporters and other stakeholders not to engage in any verbal and physical attack with our opponents. We have been vindicated by the appellate court and we shall continue to sustain our exemplary qualities, which are anchored on the ideals of the APC.
“The time is now to consolidate our achievements, with a view to doing more for the masses.
“Let us come together, regardless of party affiliation, to find lasting solutions to the challenges facing our people, especially the down trodden in our communities.
“All efforts must be harmonised to drive sustainable growth and development across Abia. Politics should be seen as an opportunity to serve and unite the people, and not a tool for disharmony and social vices.
“Over the years, we have been provoked and we have been attacked by political rivals. However, because of our ideals, we have been law-abiding citizens for the sake of nation building. With the verdict of the Court of Appeal, it is clear that justice can be delayed but not denied.”