An Appeal Court sitting in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, has granted victory to Governor Emeka Ihedioha in a suit filed against his emergence as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last election.
Ihedioha had, at the party’s primary election held in Owerri last October, polled 1,723 to defeat Sam Anyanwu, who got 1,282 votes.
Anyanwu had approached the court to nullify the victory of the governor.
He also wanted to be declared as the authentic winner of the primary election conducted by the PDP ahead of the election.
According to Anyanwu, Ihedioha engaged in over voting, thuggery, which he claimed, swayed the polls in his favour.
Upholding the ruling of a Federal High Court which had dismissed a suit filed by Senator Anyanwu concerning Ihedioha’s candidacy, the Appeal Court said from the allegations of the plaintiff, the court could not establish the fact in his claims and therefore dismissed the suit for lack of proof.
In the judgement, Justice Raphael Chikwe Agbo, ruled that the plaintiff did not convince the court on the prayers he sought.
The judge therefore dismissed the suit for lack of proof.