Abuja - The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the victory of Rochas Okorocha of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the Governor of Imo State, reports Channels TV.
The apex court dismissed the appeal by the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) governorship candidate in the April 11, 2015, election in the state, Emeka Ihedioha, challenging the election of Okorocha.
The seven-man panel of the Supreme Court presided over by Justice John Fabiyi, held that Ihedioha’s appeal lacked merit.
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The apex court affirmed the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Owerri to the effect that Ihedioha’s failure to properly serve Okorocha and APC, had robbed the Appeal Court jurisdiction to hear the case.
Ihedioha, the immediate past Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, had appealed against the ruling of the Imo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which in its ruling delivered on July 22, 2015 dismissed his petition on the grounds that it was incompetent.
He appealed to the Court of Appeal which also on September 3, 2015 dismissed the appeal against the ruling of the tribunal.
Thursday's judgement of the Supreme Court lays to rest contention about the April 11, 2015 governorship election in the state.
Read more at Channels TV.
- News 24