- The Court of Appeal refuses to unseat Senator Victor Umeh
- Obiora Okonkwo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had prayed the court to sack Umeh
- The court says Okonkwo's appeal is lacking in merit
It was celebration for Senator Victor Umeh on Monday, May 7, as the Abuja division of the Court of Appeal declined to sack him as the lawmaker representing Anambra Central senatorial district as prayed by Obiora Okonkwo.
Okonkwo, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had urged the court to sack Umeh as a legislator.
Vanguard reports that a special three-man panel of the appeal court gave a unanimous judgment by a dismissing Okonkwo’s case as lacking in merit.
The report said the court affirmed the decision of Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Abuja, who, on January 12, reversed a consent judgement that directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue certificate of return to Okonkwo as the validly elected lawmaker for Anambra Central.
According to the report, Okonkwo had prayed the appellate court to set aside the January 12, 2018, ruling of the high court and to reinstate the previous verdict that recognised him as the bona-fide candidate to represent the district.
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In its verdict, the Court of Appeal panel ruled that the trial court was in order by setting aside the consent judgment it delivered on December, 13, 2017.
NAIJ.com earlier reported how Senator Victor Umeh was sworn in by the Nigerian Senate.
Umeh, a member of the the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), was sworn in on Thursday, January 18, morning during the Senate plenary.
Umeh won the Saturday, January 13, Anambra central senatorial election by a landslide, securing 64,879 votes. None of the 13 other contestants in the election got up to a thousand votes.
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