By Gideon Njoku
The immediate past Senator, Owerri North, Sam Daddy Anyanwu, has, again, been floored by Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo state, in a suit he filed challenging the governor’s victory at the PDP Imo governorship primaries, and asking to be declared the winner.
Anyanwu, a contestant at the governorship primaries, was roundly defeated by Ihedioha , but it was a defeat which has been difficult for the Senator to accept.
All appeals to Anyanwu by PDP stakeholders to let go, fell on deaf ears. Alleging over-voting and thuggery, he proceeded to the Owerri Federal High Court to challenge the governorship ticket won by Ihedioha.
But he did not only refuse to accept the court judgement, he also refused to campaign for Ihedioha, and allegedly worked for the candidate of another party at the governorship polls, a clear anti-party activity.
Even with Ihedioha’s victory at the governorship polls, Anyanwu did not let go. He filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal, Owerri, resisting all entreaties to withdraw the case. Those who appealed to him to do so felt the case had become a distraction since Ihedioha, of the same party with him, and from the same Owerri zone, has been sworn-in as governor, having been declared winner by INEC.
The appeals to Anyanwu were, again, in vain.
But, on Sunday, June 16, the Court of Appeal unanimously threw the case out.
Delivering judgement on behalf of his brother-Judges, Hon. Justice Raphael Chikwe Agbo, said Anyanwu was not able prove any of his allegations against the governor.