APPEAL COURT AFFIRMS ELECTION OF MARTINS ESIN AS ORON FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY REP.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos has affirmed the election of Rep. Martins Esin (PDP) as member of the House of Representatives for Oron/Mbo/Okobo/Udung Uko/Urueoffong Oruko Federal Constituency of Akwa Ibom State.
The lawmaker’s electoral victory had been challenged by his closest rival in the February 2023 election, Robinson Edumoh of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal.
Recall that the tribunal chaired by Hon. Justice Kudirat Jose had on September 1, 2023 thrown out Edumoh’s petition, ruling that the petitioner could not prove any of his allegations bordering on overvoting, non transmission of results electronically, widespread irregularities and non compliance with provisions of the Electoral Act.
Dissatisfied by the ruling, the APC candidate approached the appellate court, asking it to set aside the verdict of the tribunal.
Delivering its judgment on Thursday at the National Industrial Court Complex in Lagos State, the Court of Appeal, in a unanimous decision by a 3-member panel of justices, dismissed the appeal brought before it.
The court held that it found no reason to set aside the judgment of the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal which affirmed the PDP candidate, Esin as the valid winner of the election.
The appellate court panel further awarded a cost of five hundred thousand naira in favour of each respondent, including Hon. Martins Esin, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), against the appellant.