Abia State Governorship Election: Court of Appeal Reserves Judgment

Alex Otti and Okezie Ikpeazu

The Court of Appeal handing the Abia State Governorship Election Petition sitting in Owerri, Imo State has reserved its verdict following the heat up of event melted against her by the Counsels of Dr Alex Otti, the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate and that of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, People’s Democratic Party and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Abia Facts Newspaper reported.

Former Bank Director, Dr. Alex Otti who was represented by Olugimi (SAN), Akeredulo (SAN), Chris Uche(SAN)  and many others have been the court challenging the declaration of Dr Okezie Ikpeazu as the winner of the 2015 governorship election in Abia State.

While Governor Okezie Victor Ikpeazu was represented by Olanipukun (SAN), Ananaba (SAN) and lot more, Dr Alex Otti was represented by Olugimi (SAN), Akeredulo (SAN), Chris Uche(SAN)  and many others.

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All these counsels appeared before Hon. Justice Oyebisi Folayemi Onoleye led Appeal panel.  This panel as AFN earlier reported is been challenged by Abia State PDP who desire they should be disbanded because they came from one State (Lagos State).

After all introductions of lawyers from both sides, the legal fireworks began. Olugimi (SAN) who took his time to state all the issues his client (Dr. Alex Otti) has, questioned why the lower court still did not declare his client the winner.

He drew attention of the court to the fact that the Card Reader did not play any prominent role as instructed by INEC in the decision of the Abia State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal that sat in Umuahia. He proved his case with areas where the number of votes exceeded the number of accredited voters.

To further buttress his points, he recalled the attention of the court to the fact that the returning officer had earlier on cancelled the elections in Obingwa, Isiala Ngwa North and Ugwunagbo Local Government Areas due to some regularities reported by INEC officials, local and international observers.

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He argued that it is only a competent court has the power to reverse it unlike Former Governor Theodore Ahaefula Orji, Olisa Metuh and others had forced the returning officer to do.

Olugimi concluded his argument by stating the failure of the tribunal which ruled that APGA participated in a rerun election which never happened. He emphasized that what held in Abia State was a supplementary election which did not cover the areas been contested by APGA.

Olanipukun (SAN) put up his show in defense for the respondents. He emphatically stated that Dr. Alex Otti has no issue and that the matter should be dismissed.