Joy in the camps of Aguocha and Ogah as the Appeal Court upholds their House of Representatives victories
The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos has upheld the victory of Obi Aguocha of the Labour Party, LP, as the duly elected member representing the Ikwuano/Umuahia North/Umuahia South Federal Constituency in Abia State.
The Appeal Court, in its ruling delivered on Friday, rejected the appeals filed by the former Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji of the PDP, which challenged the ruling of the National Assembly election petition tribunal for upholding Aguocha’s victory.
The Appellate Court held that the appeal from the PDP candidate lacked merit, dismissing it and upholding Aguocha’s victory.
The Appeal Court also overturned the judgment of the election petition tribunal, which on September 6, 2023, sacked Amobi Ogah of the Labour Party, LP.
The Appeal Court disagreed with the tribunal on its ruling, which declared the present Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Nkeiruka Onyejiocha, the winner.
The Appeal Court upheld Ogah’s victory and dismissed Onyejiocha’s case.
The rulings have turned the camps of Aguocha and Ogah into celebration grounds.
In Ohuhu, the hometown of Obi Aguocha, his friends and relatives celebrated his victory, saying that it was a victory for the Ohuhu clan, which, according to them, had suffered 24 years of ‘rotational marginalization’.
Also at Uturu, Isuikwuato LGA, the hometown of Amobi Ogah, his kinsmen and supporters were seen jubilating, saying their son had surmounted his challenger and further registered the community’s name on the global political map by what they called a ‘total victory’
Amobi Ogah is the younger brother of the former Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Uche Ogah.