(2009) JELR 40001 (CA)    

Court of Appeal  ·  CA/PH/EPT/197D/2008 ·  11 Feb 2009 ·  Nigeria
SAKA ADEYEMI IBIYEYE Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria CLARA BATA OGUNBIYI Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria PAUL ADAMU GALINJE Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria OLUKAYODE ARIWOOLA Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria GEORGE OLADEHINDE SHOREMI Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria
Core Terms Beta
2nd respondents
secret society
5th respondents
1st respondent
preliminary objection
public service of a state
abia state
deputy governor
public officers
questioned election
petition no. abs
public service of abia state
following grounds
member of a secret society
member of the national assembly
1st set of petitioners
4th-5th respondents brief of argument
5th respondents brief of argument
additional ground of appeal
behalf of the 1st-3rd respondents
case of ekechi v. okah
d.d. dodo san
election of the 1st respondent
evidence of pw1
fair hearing
favour of the appellants
leading judgment
learned leading san
learned silk
legislative houses election tribunal
member of an alleged secret society
office of governor
original grounds
peoples democratic party
plethora of decided cases
public servants
said 4th
said judgment
statutory provisions
term of office of any person
trial tribunal onyema ugochukwu
v. ngige

GEORGE OLADEINDE SHOREMI, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This is an appeal against the judgment of the Governorship and Legislative Houses Election Tribunal holding in Umuahia, Abia State (hereinafter called "the Tribunal") and delivered on 25 February, 2008 in Petition No. ABS/GOV/EPT/4/2007.

The tribunal in its judgment nullified the election of the 1st and 2nd Respondents as the Governor and Deputy Governor respectively of Abia State. It declared and returned Onyema Ugochukwu and his running mate, Hon Chinwendu Nwanganga (the 4th and 5th Respondents in the Appeal hereof) as the duly elected Governor and Deputy Governor of Abia State. Being dissatisfied with the said judgment, the Appellants have appealed against it on 14 Original Grounds and one Additional Ground of Appeal.

At the trial tribunal Onyema Ugochukwu and Hon. Chinwendu Nwanganga filed petition No.ABS/GOV/EPT/4/07 challenging the return of the 1st and 2nd Respondents hereof. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) …

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