Okorocha. Image courtesy Imo Government

The Cort of Appeal sitting in Owerri, the Imo State capital, has affirmed the victory of the Senator representing Imo West senatorial district, Rochas Okorocha.

The lead judge, Justice R.A Ada, ruled that the appeals filed by Senator Osita Izunaso of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Jones Onyereri of the Peoples Democratic Party (APC) against Okorocha lacked merit.

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The court contended that the judgment of the lower court (Tribunal) which upheld Okorocha’s election was in order.

The panel said that the petitioners could not prove their allegations of violence, over-voting, mutilation of electoral results and hijacking of electoral officers.

The justice said that the petitioners could not prove the allegation of duress as the returning officer alleged.

Okorocha had on February 23 defeated Onyereri and Izunaso but the returning officer alleged that he declared Okorocha winner under duress.