Supreme Court Set To Deliver Judgement On Abia Governorship Election
Wednesday, the 8th of January 2020 has been fixed by the Supreme Court to deliver its final judgement arising from the dispute on the Abia State governorship election.
The judgement is as regarding an appeal filed by the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Dr. Alex Otti, challenging the victory of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu in the 2019 Abia state governorship election.
This was contained in a terse statement on Monday which read,”IN THE SUPREME COURT OF NIGERIA HOLDEN AT ABUJA. SC 1465/2019: Dr. Alex Otti & Anor V. INEC & Ors.
“TAKE NOTICE that the above Appeal will be listed for hearing before the Supreme Court of Nigeria on Wednesday the 8th day of January, 2020 at 9.00Hours”.
Earlier, the appeal filed by Otti had been struck out on Saturday by the Appeal Court sitting in Owerri, the Imo state capital which was headed by Justice R.A Adah.
The appellate court in its ruling, affirmed the re-election victory of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu who contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
It will also be recalled that a three-man panel of the Governorship Election Petition, chaired by Justice A.L. Ogumoye, sitting in Umuahia, the Abia state capital, had dismissed the petition filed by APGA gubernatorial candidate, Dr Alex Otti against the second term victory of Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu.
The tribunal ruled that the petitioner failed to prove the case of over-voting, non-compliance to the INEC election guideline and the electoral act.
Otti had alleged before the tribunal that there were cases of excessive malpractice in fifteen out of the seventeen local government areas election results in Abia State to favour Ikpeazu and therefore urged the tribunal to cancel the results of affected LGAs.
Source: Naija News