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Appeal court upholds Imo rep election

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Appeal court upholds Imo rep election
A court of Appeal in Owerri, on Saturday dismissed the appeal filed by Nnanna Igbokwe of the All Progressives Congress challenging the victory of the member representing Ahiazu Mbaise/Ezinihitte Mbaise federal constituency of Imo State in the House of Representatives, Emeka Chinedu of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The chairman of the panel, R.C Agbo, who read the judgment, said that the appeal lacked merit.
The jurist said that the judgment of tribunal which upheld Emeka’s election was “impeccable.”
Agbo, contended that the facts before the panel showed that the petitioner could not prove his claims of over-voting, violence and mutilation.
He awarded N100,000 cost to the first respondent, his party, PDP.
Emeka, who reacted after the appeal court upheld his victory, said that he would now concentrate and deliver the dividends of democracy to his constituents.
The lawmaker said “I call on Nnanna Igbokwe to join hands with me for the development of our federal constituency. I commend him for his dogged fight up till this point but the interests and the wellbeing of the people must supersede personal goals.”

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