Appeal Court Confirms Uduaghan’s Victory

BY ANDY AKENI/MATHEW DAUDU

THE Appeal Court in Benin has reaffirmed the election of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan during the April 26 Governorship election when it dismissed the appeal of Chief Great Ogboru of Democratic Peoples Party, DPP.

IN an unanimous judgment by the five-member panel chaired by Justice Datido Mohammed, the court described DPP’s appeal as lacking in merit.

According to the chairman of the panel in a three-minute judgment, the court held that all the preliminary objections raised by Ogboru and DPP lacked merit and were overruled.

Aftrer which, the court   equally upheld the cross appeal of Governor Uduaghan and deferred date of judgment to a later date to be communicated to all parties concerned .

In a swift reaction to the victory, Secretary to the Delta State  Government (SSG), Comrade Ovuozourie Macaulay, thanked God and said Deltans have been vindicated as the appeal was dismissed while the Governor’s cross appeal was upheld.

The SSG called on the opposition to forget about litigation and joined hands with the government to develop the state.

The Commissioner for Information,  Chike Ogeah  Esq, described the judgment as an act of God, adding that it is a great day for justice and Deltans.

He called on the opposition to come on board and join government for the overall development of the state

Similarly, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Charles Ajuyah, SAN, said justice has come to stay and congratulated the governor and Deltans over the victory.

But the chairman of DPP, Delta State, Chief Tony Ezeagwu disagreed with the judgment, describing it as scientific and unfortunate. He maintained that they are not deterred by the judgement but are ready to fight to the end by approaching the Supreme Court.