The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been ordered by the Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu, the Enugu state capital, to issue a certificate of return to Comrade Chinedu Ogah of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a judgment delivered by Justice Ignatius Agubu, the court described the appeal filed by the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Hon. Lazarus Ogbee, as “unnecessary exertion of the judicial process,” and therefore, dismissed the appeal as “lacking in merit.”
It will be recalled that INEC had declared Ogbee as winner of the February 23 House of Representatives election for Ikwo/Ezza South federal constituency of Ebonyi state.
But dissatisfied with the pronouncement of INEC, Ogah approached the National and State Houses of Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state capital, to upturn INEC decision.
And on September 9, the tribunal declared Ogah as winner of the disputed poll, and ordered INEC to issue him with a certificate of return, and to withdraw the one earlier issued to Ogbee.
On Friday, November 1, the Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu affirmed the decision of the lower tribunal.
The court in the judgment that lasted for about thirty minutes dismissed all the 41 grounds of appeal filed by the PDP candidate.