- The APC says it will appeal the victory of Senator Ike Ekweremadu at the State and National Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal in Enugu
- The ruling party said it was disappointed at the decision of the tribunal after the party’s legal team had put up a formidable argument to prove their case
- The APC insisted that there are fundamental errors in the judgment
The All Progressives Congress (APC) says it will appeal the victory of former deputy president of the Senate, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, at the State and National Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal in Enugu.
The chairman of the party in Enugu state, Ben Nwoye, said this on Tuesday, September 10 in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), while reacting to the judgment of the tribunal that affirmed the victory of the senator.
Legit.ng gathers that the candidate of the APC in Enugu West senatorial zone in the February 23 general elections, Mrs Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu, had approached the tribunal, following the return of Ekweremadu as the winner of the poll.
In its judgment delivered on September 9, 2019, the tribunal struck out the petition on the grounds that the petitioners failed to prove their cases beyond all reasonable doubt and affirmed the victory of Ekweremadu.
Nwoye, however, said that necessary steps had already been taken to appeal the decision of the tribunal which he described as a ‘template judgment’.
He said that the party was disappointed at the decision of the tribunal after the party’s legal team had put up a formidable argument to prove their case.
“We are shocked that the case turned out this way in spite of the overwhelming evidence we adduced,” he said.
Nwoye commended the petitioners’ legal team for putting up a good fight at the tribunal.
Patrick Luke, the petitioners’ counsel, said that his clients had instructed him to appeal the judgment.
Luke said that the petitioners did all they could to prove their case, “but the trial court decided otherwise. We have an instruction from our clients to appeal the judgment.”
He said: “There are fundamental errors in the judgment. We shall study it and respond accordingly.”
Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that the electoral victory of Senator Ike Ekweremadu of the PDP for the Enugu West senatorial district in the 2019 election was upheld by the State and National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal.
The panel in its judgment, said that Juliet Ibekaju-Nwagwu, candidate of the APC, could not prove that there was substantial non-compliance with the Electoral Act in the conduct of the election.
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