HELEN MORONKEJI OGUNWUMIJU, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment):This is an appeal against the judgment of the Governorship and Legislative Houses Election Tribunal, sitting at Umuahia, Abia State, delivered on the 14th day of November, 2008. The Tribunal gave judgment in favour of the Respondents as the winner of the election held on the 14th April, 2007 into the Abia State House of Assembly for the Arochukwu State Constituency.
The facts that led to this appeal are as follows:
The 1st Appellant contested the election to the Abia State House of Assembly for the Arochukwu State Constituency held on the 14th day of April 2007 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while the 1st Respondent contested on the platform of the Progressive Peoples Party (PPA). There were other candidates on the ballot.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) sued herein as the 2nd-176th Respondents announced the 1st Respondent winner of the election with a total votes of 2,388 …