OKWUCHUKWU OPENE, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): On the 5th day of December, 1998 the petitioners now the appellants contested elections into the office of the chairman and vice chairman respectively of the Ikeduru Local Government Area, of Imo State under the platform of the peoples Democratic party (PDP). The 1st and 2nd Respondents also contested the said election under the platform of All Peoples Party (APP).
At the end of the elections, the 3rd to 13th Respondents declared the 1st and 2nd Respondent winners of the said election. They declared the scores of 16,552 for the 1st and 2nd Respondents and 13,772 for the petitioners/Appellants.
It is as a result of this that the petitioner/Appellant filed a petition in the election petition Tribunal for Owerri Senatorial District holden at Owerri.
There was a full Trial at the end of which, the Tribunal in a well considered judgment delivered on 13/8/98 dismissed the petition in its entirety.
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