Members of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia State, have expressed their joy over the sack of Emeka Nnamani of the Labour Party from the House of Representatives by the Court of Appeal.
The Appeal Court in its ruling, on Thursday, upheld the verdict of the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal in Umuahia, which sacked Nnamani from the green chamber, for allegedly forging his academic records in September.
The Court declared the respondent in the appeal case, Mascot Ikwuechegh of the APGA, winner of the February 25 election for Aba North and Aba South Federal constituency and dismissed the prayers brought by Emeka Nnamani of the Labour Party for lacking in merit.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in February, declared Emeka Nnamani of the LP, winner of the Aba North/Aba South election, claiming he scored 35,502 votes to defeat Alex Mascot Ikwuechegh of the APGA.
But not satisfied with the result, the runner-up, Alex Mascot Ikwuechegh challenged the election result at the tribunal, saying that Nnamani did not win the election and was not even qualified to stand for election because he allegedly forged some of his academic records.
The tribunal ruled in his favour on September 11, 2023, but Emeka Nnamani took the matter to the Appeal Court, where he failed.
The APGA family in Abia have been celebrating the victory of their candidate, popularly known as “Onye Ocha na Aba because of his mixed race.
With his victory, APGA now has two members in the National Assembly, namely Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and Alex Mascot Ikwuechegh.
In his congratulatory message to Ikwuechegh, Professor Greg Ibe who was the former APGA governorship candidate in Abia State in the 2023 elections, praised the APGA man for exhibiting tenacity and purpose in reclaiming his mandate in court.