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Appeal court sacks Abia governor, decalres Otti winner

01 January 2016, 10:00

Umuahia - The Court of Appeal sitting in Owerri on Thursday sacked Dr Okezie Ikpeazu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as governor of Abia State.

The court declared Alex Otti of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as the winner of the April 11 governorship election in the state and should have been sworn-in as governor of the state on May 29.

The court held that Otti scored the highest valid votes of 164 332 as against the 114 444 scored by Ikpeazu.

Also read: APGA guber candidate in Abia begs APC

The court directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to make arrangements for Otti’s swearing in.

In his judgment, the presiding judge, Justice Oyebisi Omoleye, ruled that there were established cases of over voting and allocation of votes in favour of the PDP candidate in three local government areas of Isi-Alangwa, Osisioma and Obingwa.

She ruled that elections in the three council areas had been cancelled as a result of the established anomalies.

After subtracting the scores of the candidates in the three council areas, the appeal panel held that Otti scored a total of 164 332 votes as against 114 444 obtained by Ikpeazu.

The Abia State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal had in November dismissed the petition filed by Otti challenging the election of Ikpeazu as governor of the state.

Otti had gone to the Appeal Court to challenge the verdict of the tribunal.

- News 24


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