Supreme Court gives reasons for upholding Gov. Ikpeazu’s election

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu

The Supreme Court on Friday said that Okezie Ikpeazu was returned as governor of Abia because Alex Otti failed to prove the allegations brought against his victory in the April 11, 2015 governorship election.

Messrs. Ikpeazu and Otti contested the election on the platforms of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) respectively.

Giving reasons for its Feb. 3 judgement, Justice Suleiman Galadima held that Mr. Otti and the APC were unable to prove the allegation of over voting, violence and corrupt practices allegedly perpetrated by the respondents.

“On the issue of over voting, the court holds that there was no sufficient proof as the voter register and the card reader report were not tendered.

“The criminal allegation of corrupt malpractices carried out by PDP loyalists for the benefit of the governor was not also proved,’’ he held.

On the cancellation of the election results in Obingwa, Osisioma Ngwa and Isiala Ngwa by the returning officers, Galadima held that it was wrong.

“That action amounted to the disenfranchisement of voters. It was also inappropriate for the tribunal to order the cancellation of election.

“All of this misappropriation only gave room for the unlawful declaration of the APGA candidate by the lower court.

“Those actions were perversion of justice and the apex court could not have allowed them,’’ he said.

Mr. Galadima held that the evidence placed before the court showed clearly that the tribunal usurped the constitutional duties of INEC.

“On the card reader, the court maintains its earlier position that the tribunal cannot supplant the voter register.

“The gadget is only meant to authenticate bearers of voter card and not meant to usurp the statutory power of the voter register.

“At the moment, the voter register remains the only authentic document as provided by Section 49 of the Electoral Act to prove allegation of fraud in elections,’’ Galadima declared.

(NAN)

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  • Pure Reasoning

    The Nigeria supreme court declared inter alia: “On the card reader, the court maintains its earlier position that the tribunal cannot supplant the voter register. The gadget is only meant to authenticate bearers of voter card and not meant to usurp the statutory power of the voter register. At the moment, the voter register remains the only authentic document as provided by Section 49 of the Electoral Act to prove allegation of fraud in elections,’’ Galadima declared.”
    Folks, the Nigeria “Supreme” court is into something here. They are trying to return Nigeria to the days where rigging is the norm. These justices are trying to diminish the gains that have been made with regard to electoral fraud. These so called justices are promoting ballot stuffing. They are failing to understand that all over the civilized world, electronic voting is reduce voters fraud. These justices are all hooked with corrupt judgement payment from politician and are bent on keeping it so.
    The National Assembly must do something urgently by passing a legislation/bill that will authenticate the use of electronic voting if we must save our democracy.

  • AFRICANER

    Exceptional jurisprudence! Cheers!

    Galadima deserves a gala for his mind, courage and fairness. That’s the way justice should be dispensed.

    My question, therefore is, with such jurists in Nigeria, how come the country isn’t fully democratic? We need more people like this to advance.

    • Ben

      I know you mean to fraudulently continue to advance in stuffing your bank account with looted money. The end to your criminality against Nigeria is near.