The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Chief Dave Umahi as the governor of Ebonyi State. The Court presided over by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed while dismissing the appeal filed the Labour Party’s gubernatorial candidate, Chief Edward Nkwegu said it will give reasons for its judgement on February 5.
It will be recalled that the Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu had earlier upheld the election of Dave Umahi. Chief Edward Nkwegu had challenged the declaration of Dave Umahi as winner of April 11 governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Ebonyi State governorship election petition tribunal had in October in Abakaliki dismissed the petition filled for lacking in merit and the inability of the petitioner to prove allegations of corrupt practices and criminalities as contained in the petition.
Chief Edward Nkwegu, dissatisfied with the judgment of the tribunal, proceeded to the Court of Appeal in Enugu to challenge the verdict.