The Appeal Court sitting in Owerri under the chairmanship of Justice Jimmy Bada has upheld the judgement of the National and State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal, Umuahia, Abia State, which validated the election of Mao Ohuabunwa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as the duly elected senator for Abia North. In a unanimous decision, the court dismissed the appeal of the former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, who was the candidate of the Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA, in the election.

The report of the judgment has led to wild jubilation in Abia State and beyond as people thronged the streets in their hundreds to celebrate. In his reaction, Senator Ohuabunwa through his aide, Uche Okoli, thanked God for the victory, describing the judgment as an act of God.

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