The Appeal Court in Owerri has upheld the electoral victory of Senator Rochas Okorocha, Imo West Senatorial District.
Chairman of the panel, R.A Ada, who read the judgment, said the appeals filed by Senator Osita Izunaso of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, and Jones Onyereri of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, against Okorocha lacked merit.
The judge added that the judgment of the lower court (Tribunal) which upheld Okorocha’s election was in order and that the petitioners could not prove their allegations of violence, over-voting, mutilation of electoral results and hijacking of electoral officers.
He noted that the petitioners could not prove the allegation of duress as the returning officer alleged.
Okorocha had on February 23 defeated Onyereri and Izunaso but the returning officer alleged that he declared him winner under duress.