– The court of appeal, Enugu Judicial Division, has upheld the election of Senator Victor Umeh of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA)
– The Mega Peoples Progressives Party (MPPP)’s candidate, Nkem Ekweozor, had claimed that the election was marred by fraudulent practices and that Umeh was not validly elected
– The Appeal Panel, however, pointed out that Ekweozor had made no reference to any particular primary election conducted by APGA, which led to the emergence of Umeh as the party’s candidate
The election of Victor Umeh of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) as the senator representing Anambra Central senatorial district in the upper legislative chamber, has been upheld by the court of appeal, Enugu Judicial Division.
The appeal by Nkem Ekweozor, challenging the judgment of the Anambra Central Senatorial Election Petition Tribunal which upheld the victory of Umeh in the January 13, 2018 senatorial rerun in the district, was dismissed in a unanimous judgment on Tuesday, September 25, Vanguard reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that Ekweozor, the Mega Peoples Progressives Party (MPPP)’s candidate in the senatorial re-run, had claimed that the election was marred by fraudulent practices and that Umeh was not validly elected by majority of lawful votes cast during the exercise.
He said Umeh got his nomination while still holding the position of national chairman of APGA; hence, disqualifying him for the Senate contest.
The appellant subsequently requested that the court order that a fresh election be conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission, and that Umeh should be disqualified from the fresh election.
Justice Uwani Musa Abba Aji, while delivering judgment on behalf of the three-man Appeal Panel, pointed out that that Ekweozor had made no reference to any particular primary election conducted by APGA, which led to the emergence of Umeh as the party’s candidate.
He held that the appellant’s complaints about Umeh’s nomination “are at large and ex facie.”
According to him, there was no dispute on APGA’s primary election which produced Umeh as its candidate.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Senator Victor Umeh asked God for forgiveness for playing a role in the emergence of Rochas Okorocha as governor of Imo state in 2011 on the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
Umeh described Okorocha as an evil person who had become an island unto himself, adding that the governor had become “a pain in the neck of his people.”