- Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere has been declared as the authentic candidate of the PDP for Ideato north and south federal constituency in Imo
- The supreme court gave the ruling, noting that there was no ground to nullify the election, and upheld the decision of the lower court
- In a judgment by a 5-panel of justices, the election that produced Ugochinyere fulfilled all provisions of the law and complied with the laid down rules
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Owerri, Imo - The Supreme Court has declared Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere the authentic candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for Ideato North/South federal constituency in Imo state.
The apex court gave the judgment on Thursday, December 8, Tribune reported.
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The court held that there was no ground to nullify the election as it fulfilled all law provisions and complied with stipulated guidelines.
A 5-panel of justices of the supreme court gave the verdict on appeal number SC/CV/1439/2022, to challenge the decision of the appeal court in Owerri division.
The defendants in the suit are PDP, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Chidimma Uzomba, and Anthony Obinna, while the appellant is George Igbo.
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According to the court, Ugochinyere and the PDP raised the preliminary objection. It also agreed with the decision of the lower court.
It noted that
“The abysmal failure and/or refusal of the Appellant’s counsel to compile (sic) with the rules of procedure in prosecuting the Appeal and indeed abandoned same.
“The Appellant filed his notice of appeal at the lower court on the 9th day of September 2022 within the 14 days period from the date of Judgment of the trial court as provided by the Electoral Act 2022 and Section 285(9) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended.
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