The Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) Okey Ahaiwe, who was running against Governor Alex Otti in the Abia State election, had three grounds for appeal dismissed by the Umuahia-based election petition tribunal.
Ahaiwe’s case was rejected by the tribunal for lack of merit when it handed down its judgement at approximately 1:20 pm.
Otti’s election as governor by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has been contested by Ahaiwe.
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Ahaiwe had pleaded with the court to dismiss Otti’s case and recognise him as the victor in his pleas through his attorney, Paul Ananaba, SAN.
The PDP candidate claimed, among other things, that Section 77 of the Electoral Act did not validate Otti’s electoral victory.
The panel, however, rejected all of the requests because they were unjustified.
According to TheTimesonline.ng, the result sparked a spontaneous euphoria among thousands of LP supporters who had travelled from various parts of the State. They danced joyfully and in celebration outside the Federal High Court complex.
The tribunal is now dealing with the lawsuit Ikechi Emenike of the APC made against Otti.
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Emenike is requesting that the tribunal dismiss Governor Otti on the grounds that he allegedly did not leave the APC before joining the LP.
Otti’s name wasn’t on the LP registration when he ran for office, according to the APC candidate in the March 18 governorship election.
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