Ngwu was declared the winner of the February 25th poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Not satisfied, Dennis Oguerinwa Amadi the candidate of the Labour Party headed to the tribunal to challenge the outcome of the election.
But in a ruling on September 11th, 2023, the tribunal held that the petitioner committed a fatal error while presenting their case by merging allegations of non compliance with the electoral act and corrupt practices.
The tribunal held that the petitioners should have separated the two cases and particularise their facts to support both positions.
On the allegation of over-voting, the court held that the petitioner couldn’t particularise his pleadings despite bringing witnesses that gave evidence on that and ballot papers. The court said those ballot papers were dumped on the court and there’s no evidence showing were the ballot papers emanated from.
Amadi headed to the Appellate court to challenge the ruling of the Tribunal.
But in a judgement delivered via zoom, the appeal of the Labour Party candidate was dismissed for lack of merit and the judgement of the Tribunal upheld.