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Anambra Guber: Appeal Court Upholds Obiano’s Victory

Anambra state governor-elect Willie Obiano

The Appeal Court sitting in Enugu on Saturday struck out four suits filed against the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) challenging the candidature of Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano at the November 2013 governorship election.

The suits were filed by the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party.

The petitioners are Mr Tony Nwonye, PDP governorship candidate at the election and an APGA governorship aspirant, Mr Chike Obidigbo.

Delivering the four separate judgments on the appeals, the five-man panel led by Justice Mohammed Garba said the appeal was struck out for incompetence and lack of merit.

The court, however, affirmed the judgment delivered on June 4 by the Anambra Election Petition Tribunal in Awka, and awarded the sum of N50, 000 each to the respondent in the four suits.

Garba said, “Having considered the preliminary objections by the respondents and the motions filed by the appellant, I will not read the judgment word to word but will deliver it as provided by the court.

“I have considered the objections raised by the counsels with regards to the first and fourth respondent, and I hereby uphold the decision made by the tribunal in Awka’’

African examiner learnt that supporters of APGA in the state trooped out to the street to celebrate Obiano’s victory at the appeal court.



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