The election of Okezie Ikpeazu of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as the Governor of Abia State, Southeast Nigeria has been affirmed by the Supreme Court of Nigeria sitting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
PROFJAYSBLOG reports that the apex court delivered the final judgment on Ikpeazu’s election on Wednesday, January 8, dismissing the appeal brought before it by Alex Orti of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
The Supreme Court in a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Paul Galinje, held that the appellant reliance solely on the smart card readers in proving the alleged over voting was fatal to their case.
Justice Galinje held that the law is clear that the petitioner must tender the voters register, relate the document to the specific area where the documents were affected.
The Supreme Court judge ruled that the law is clear that the petitioner must tender the voters register, relate the document to the specific area where the documents were affected.
According to the judge, the card reader print out tendered by the appellant at the trial tribunal cannot be converted into the constitution or electoral act which is the yard stick for proving over voting.
Justice Galinje concluded that the appellant failed to lead credible evidence in proof of their case, adding that the two lower court is right to dismiss the appeal.
The judge maintained that the case will suffer the same fate in the supreme court and is hereby dismissed.
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