Supreme Court upholds Ifeanyi Okowa's re-election

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Gov Okowa of Delta State
The Supreme Court has upheld the re-election of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Peoples Democratic Party in Delta state.

Okowa’s victory in the 9 March election was challenged by Chief Great Ogboru of the All Progressives Congress.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Centus Nweze held that the apex court had no reason to upturn the decisions of the lower court.

“The appeal had been rightly described at the Court of Appeal as a metaphor of forensic Golgotha’’.

“The appellant woefully failed to prove over-voting polling unit by polling unit as required by law.

“In the circumstance, the appeal is bereft of any iota of convincing evidence and it is hereby dismissed. Ifeanyi Okowa is therefore affirmed as governor of Delta State’’, Nweze said.

The Court of Appeal had in a unanimous decision by a panel of five justices affirmed the Okowa’s victory at the poll.

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Ogboru had claimed the election was marred by over voting and violent disruption, adding that the governor took advantage of the situation to amass unjustifiable votes.

The APC candidate who appealed on 37 grounds also claimed that the tribunal erred on the point of law in most of the issues that guided its decision.

He averred that the total number of votes declared to been scored by the governor were more than the total number of accredited voters for the election.

Okowa had urged the courts below to discountenance the allegation canvassed by Ogboru, adding that INEC conducted a free and fair election in the state.

He also averred that the appellant’s allegations were baseless and built on hearsay and could not be proved.

In another development, the court affirmed the election of Darius Ishaku of PDP as governor of Taraba while it also upheld Ekezie Ikpeazu’s election as governor of Abia.

Similarly, the apex court affirmed the election of Abubakar Bello of APC as Niger governor.