A Court of Appeal sitting in Owerri, Imo State has upheld the judgement of the state and national assembly election petition tribunal in affirming the election of Rochas Okorocha of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as senator representing Imo West Senatorial District.
Osita Izunaso of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Jones Onyereri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had appealed against the tribunal’s judgement.
Justice R.A. Ada, leading the panel, ruled on Thursday that the appeals lacked merit.
“The petitioners could not substantiate their allegations of violence, over-voting, mutilation of electoral results and hijacking of electoral officers.
“The petitioners could not also prove the allegation of duress as alleged by the returning officer,” the judge said.