The Court of Appeal sitting in Calabar on Wednesday, November 13 affirmed the victory of Udom Emmanuel as the duly elected governor of Akwa Ibom state.
Governor Emmanuel of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defeated Nsima Ekere of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The appeal was filed against the judgement of the election petition tribunal delivered on Thursday, September 5 at Uyo which dismissed Ekere’s petition for wanting in merit.
Delivering judgement in the appeal, the five-man panel gave her judgement on all the issues set out by parties in the appeal. The appellate court first affirmed the decision of the tribunal rejecting a series of documents filed by the petitioner citing that the documents which were all public documents and therefore could not be admissible.
Furthermore, on whether the tribunal was right in holding that the petitioner/appellant did not lead credible evidence to prove their case, the Court of Appeal affirmed the tribunal’s judgement and upheld the tribunal’s findings on evidence. The court also agreed with the lower tribunal for not relying on documents dumped on the Tribunal by the petitioners/appellants without being linked by them to any of the issues raised and canvassed by the petitioner.
The court affirmed the victory of Udom Emmanuel as the governor of Akwa Ibom state from the gubernatorial elections and awarded the cost of N500,000 in favour of the first respondent to be paid by the appellants.
The lead judgement was affirmed by all the other justices of the Court of Appeal.