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Appeal Court affirms election of Nnamani

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The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, yesterday dismissed the appeal filed by Lawrence Ezeh of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against Senator Chimaroke Nnamani.

The appellate court, which adopted the arguments canvassed by the respondents and agreed with the judgment of Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, that the plaintiff did not initiate the suit within the 14 days allowed by the fourth alteration to the constitution, said the appeal lacked merit and dismissed it.

In a related vein, the Court of Appeal, Enugu Division, had on Monday, June 14, 2019 dismissed an appeal by the former senator Gilbert Nnaji, seeking to unseat Nnamani based on a similar premise.

The appellate court had in a unanimous decision resolved the issues for determination in favour of Nnamani and his party, PDP, agreeing with the April 5, 2019 judgment of Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court, Enugu.

The court’s decision was based on the fact that the original suit was filed outside the 14-day period allowed by law from the date of the occurrence of the event.It, therefore, dismissed the appeal as being statute-barred and lacking in merit.

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