The Court of Appeals, meeting in Abuja on Friday, rejected a lawsuit by the All Progressive Congress (APC) and its candidate Great Ogbor against the election of Ifeani Okova as governor of the Delta State.
The five-member panel consisting of an appeals court led by Justice Uzo Ndukwe-Anyanwu unanimously rejected the appeal because it was inappropriate and upheld the decision of the lower court.
The panel held that the judgment of the lower tribunal could not be set aside unless where it was perverse.
The judges held that the appellant failed to prove their case.
Respondents in the appeal were Okowa, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Ogboru and his party, APC had prayed the court to upturn the decision of the Delta Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which returned Okowa for a second term as governor of Delta.
In his reaction, Okowa urged Ogboru to join hands with him to build the state.
The governor, who spoke through the Secretary to the State Government, Chiedu Ebie.
“This is a reaffirmation of the events of the March 9th when more than 900,000 Deltans voted for the re-election of my administration.
“On the Sept. 20, the Tribunal ruled that I (Okowa) was validly elected and today, Nov. 15 is a further reaffirmation of that by the Appeal Court.
“We asked the opposition to join us in building a stronger Delta