Edited by Georgina Humphrey
The Court of Appeal in Lagos State has upheld the election of the Labour party candidate, Amobi Ogah as the House of Representatives Member for the Isuikwuato/Umunneochi Federal Constituency of Abia state.
A statement signed by Mr. Obiora Ifoh, National Publicity Secretary of the Party, said Ogah, who won his election under the platform of Labour Party (LP) in the National Assembly election earlier in the year was removed by the National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, the Abia State capital two months ago.
According to the statement, the tribunal declared the former Deputy Chief Whip of the House and incumbent Minister of State for Labour, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the National Assembly seat.
Ifoh explained that Ogah vowed to appeal the judgement of the tribunal, as well as expressed confidence that the appellate court will upturn the verdict of the tribunal. ‘Now his prayers have been granted by the Appeal Court which affirmed his election,’ Ifoh stated in the statement.
“The Appeal Court has reinstated Ogah as the House of Representatives Member for the Isuikwuato/Umunneochi Federal Constituency of Abia state.”
The statement further said the tribunal erred in its judgement by invalidating the result of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC which declared Ogah winner of the election.