The Court of Appeal in Owerri, Imo State, on Thursday, struck out the gubernatorial election petition brought before it by Emeka Ihedioha, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the April 2015 governorship election in the state.
Ihedioha, the immediate past speaker of the House of Representatives, had earlier lost out at the Elections Petitions Tribunal in June.
Meanwhile, in a quick reaction to the ruling, Ihedioha said he will approach the Supreme Court for redress, while calling for calm and prayers by his supporters.
He noted with reservations the decision of the Court of Appeal in Owerri to strike out his appeal challenging the ruling of the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Owerri.
He, therefore, directed his counsel to approach the Supreme Court and seek redress against the Appeal Court ruling.
Ihedioha said he was convinced that he scored the highest lawful votes cast during the governorship elections, and should have rather been declared winner by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He said he is “not unaware of the shock and disappointment that have engulfed the entire state, following this unfortunate ruling”.
Reacting, Governor Rochas Okorocha said he has received with joy the Appeal Court judgment, commending the Appeal Court for also upholding the ruling of the Election Petition Tribunal.
“By doing that, the Appeal Court had equally justified the stiff confidence in the ability and readiness of the judiciary to uphold justice, and also respect the popular and lawful actions of the people over who would govern them at any given time,” Okorocha said in a statement by his chief press secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo.
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