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The Abia State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has filled an appeal at the Supreme Court to challenge the judgment of the three-man panel of Appeal Court that validated the election Governor Alex Otti.
The Eastern Updates had last week reported that the three judges of the Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos dismissed appeals which were brought before it by candidates of the PDP, Okey Ahiwe and All Progressives Congress (APC), High Chief Ikechi Emenike, for lack of merit.
In a unanimous decision, the three-man panel upheld the victory of Otti at the polls, saying it conformed to the Electoral Act.
The appellate court ruled that the petitions brought by the appellants lacked merit, ‘as they are like a comedy skit brought to a democratic setting.’
The court said issues of political party membership was a pre-election matter, which also fell within the jurisdiction of the political party.
It further said since Otti joined the Labour Party, won its primary election and submitted his name to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), he was qualified to contest.
On the issues of Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), brought by the PDP and its candidate, the Appeal Court said the appellants failed to demonstrate or link their documentary evidence to the specific parts of the case.
PDP after reviewing the judgment, said through their Spokesman and Vice Chairman, Abia North, Abraham Amah, that it didn’t agree with the Lagos Appeal Court ruling.
It insisted that its matter had merit, hoping that it would get favourable judgment at the Supreme Court.