Igbo Etiti West: Appeal court reinstates LP’s Amuka to Enugu assembly

There was wide spread jubilation at the weekend in Igbo Etiti West, Enugu state as Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos set aside the judgment of the Enugu state Election Petition Tribunal which nullified the election of Hon. Williams Amuka of the Labour Party.

In a unanimous judgment, the three-man panel of justices presided over by Hon. Justice Bolaji Yusuf, found merit in the Appeal of Hon. Amuka and upheld his declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the eventual winner of the March 18, 2023 House of Assembly election.

Reacting to the judgment, one of the counsel to Hon Williams Amuka, Chibuzor Ezike Esq. thanked the Court of Appeal for doing substantial justice.

He said, “It was shocking and surprising that the tribunal after resolving all the three grounds of objection raised by the Hon. Amuka’s legal team and held that it had no jurisdiction to entertain the petition by Ugwu Charles Chukwuebuka and PDP turned 180 degrees and relied on a document that was rejected, that was neither pleaded nor before the Court to disqualify our client. The decision of the Court of Appeal is commendable, and it has brought to an end the long journey of litigation which commenced right from when Hon. Amuka won his primary election”.

As news of the judgment hit town, there was spontaneous carnival like celebration all over Igbo Etiti with motorcycle riders forming a convoy and riding all around the Local Government Headquarters of Ogbede blaring their horns. Market women were also seen singing and dancing.

It would be recalled that the Enugu state Election Petition Tribunal had on September 30, 2023 nullified the election of Hon. Amuka while relying on a strange document the same tribunal ruled would not be tender able before the tribunal.

The said document, an affidavit of fact, was not pleaded, neither was it listed nor front-load by the petitioner.