By El-Ameen Ibrahim
The Appeal Court, Lagos Division, on Wednesday, upheld the victory of Imo Ugochinyere representing Ideato North Federal Constituency of Imo State in the House of Representatives, which had earlier been overturned by the lower tribunal.
The Coalition of United Political Parties has, therefore, welcomed the judgment
The CUPP, in a statement by its National Co-Spokesperson, Mark Adebayo, described the verdict as a significant victory for democracy and lovers of justice.
He said, “We have received with uninhibited elation the well-deserved victory of Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere at the Appeal Court reaffirming his victory as the duly elected member representing Ideato North Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.
“It is a significant victory for democracy and lovers of justice that anti-democratic forces arrayed against Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere were defeated calamitously.
“Injustice, no matter how formidable, cannot upset the balance of justice. The critical mainstay of any democracy is the efficacy of the rule of law and an incorruptible judiciary that protects the innocent from the corrosive influence of power mongers who arrogate ultra vires indiscretions to themselves.
“Democracy presupposes free choice of the people freely expressed through the ballot. Nobody has the authority to scuttle the rights of the people to choose their representatives.
“The people of Ideato had spoken through their votes by overwhelmingly electing Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere at the polls, and the Appeal Court has chosen to be on the part of justice, equity and the people by strongly and finally reaffirming the people’s choice in this historic judgment that reinforces confidence in our judicial processes as we continue to improve on our elections and democratic tenets.
“We congratulate the people of Ideato and we celebrate the victory of the CUPP Spokesperson, Ikenga Ugochinyere, for his hard-won victory at the Appeal Court today.”