Appeal court affirms Ohakim as Imo Governor

The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Monday upheld the election of Governor Ikedi Ohakim of Imo State. The Imo State Election Petition Tribunal had in November 2007 dismissed the petition filed by Senator Ifeanyi Araraume against the victory of Ohakim in the April 28, 2007 polls, which promptted the appeal. However, Ohakim will also need to cross another hurdle in a separate suit brought by the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Martins Agbaso, over the same election at the Court of Appeal, Abuja, which continues today. Agbaso is challenging the powers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel the elections in which he claimed victory. He is also seeking the nullification of the April 28, 2007, election in which Ohakim of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), was declared winner. But Ohakim is at the Supreme Court to challenge the ruling of the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, assuming jurisdiction to entertain Agbaso’s suit.