Supreme Court Upholds Governor Obiano’s Election

The Supreme Court in Nigeria has upheld the election of Mr Willie Obinano as the validly elected governor of Anambra State. In three separate judgements … Continue reading Supreme Court Upholds Governor Obiano’s Election


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Willie ObianoThe Supreme Court in Nigeria has upheld the election of Mr Willie Obinano as the validly elected governor of Anambra State.

In three separate judgements delivered by a panel headed by Justice Mahmud Mohammed, the apex court dismissed claims by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Chris Ngige and Mr Tony Nwoye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that he was not eligible to participate in the election on allegation of multiple registration.

The court held that Governor Obiano legally transferred his voters registration from Lagos to Anambra State when he relocated and as such the claims of the appellants cannot be sustained.

It dismissed the allegation of massive disenfranchisement of voters, stating that there is no law that says that the actual number of registered voters must vote, as voting is a voluntary exercise.

The election tribunal in Anambra State and the appeal court had in separate judgements dismissed the case of both Tony Nwoye of the PDP and Senator Chris Nigige of the APC.

The presiding judge in the Appeal Court hearing, Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba, pronounced the judgment on all the appeals against the election of the governor, dismissing all for incompetence and lack of merit and awarded 50,000 Naira cost against the appellant, Chris Ngige.

The Anambra State governorship election was held on November 16, 2013, with the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) ordering fresh elections in 65 polling units in Obosi ward of Idemili North Local Government Area.

The INEC had acknowledged that there were irregularities in the election, but said they were not enough to result in the cancellation of the election.