The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has dismissed the appeal filed by the Labour Party’s governorship candidate in the April 11, 2015 governorship election in Delta State, Chief Great Ogboru, challenging the judgment of the state Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which affirmed Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s election.
In a unanimous judgment by the five-man bench presided over by Justice Uwani Abba-Aji on Thursday, December 24, 2015, the appeal court held that the appeal lacked merit and that the tribunal was right to have dismissed Ogboru’s petition.
Ogboru filed his petition before the tribunal challenging the Independent National Electoral Commission’s declaration of Okowa of the PDP as winner of the poll.
However, in a swift reaction, Chief Great Ogboru and the Labour Party, Delta State has vowed to pursue its case to the final logical conclusion at the Supreme Court
A statement issued by Henry Efe Duku, Senior Media Aide to Chief Great Ogboru reads thus: ‘The Court of Appeal just delivered judgment in favour of PDP in our appeal. We salute their Lordships for concluding this phase of the litigation process.
“We note at once that the Court did not pronounce on all the burning issues submitted to it for adjudication. Significantly, the Court did not make a finding on the fact that the result of the election was pre-written before collation of votes began.
“There is another phase at the Supreme Court to test the correctness or otherwise of this judgment. Obviously, it shall be tested on appeal.
“May God bless our dear Delta State and help us all,’ the statement concluded.
Deltans are waiting with bated breath for the second and final Court of Appeal judgment in the case between Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and the PDP, against Olorogun O’tega Emerhor and the APC, which is currently on-going.
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