Tribunal affirms Oduah’s election
The Anambra State election petition tribunal has affirmed the election of Senator Stella Oduah (Anambra North).
But candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Chinedu Emeka challenged Oduah’s victory. He sad Oduah was not qualified to contest the election because she did not possess the required academic qualifications.
According to him, Oduah was still a member of APGA by the time of the election. The former deputy governor also alleged that the election did not comply with the Electoral Act.
But Justice Esther Haruna. said the petitioner failed to prove his allegations beyond reasonable doubt and therefore said Oduah was validly elected
The tribunal also affirmed the election of Valentine Ayika of the PDP, representing Anaocha, Njikoka and Dunukofia Federal Constituencies.
Read Also: PDP sweeps NASS tribunal victory in A’Ibom
Ayika’s election was challenged by APGA candidate, Dozie Nwankwo.
The election petition tribunal in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State Capital, has dismissed a petition by the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Abakaliki/Izzi Federal Constituency, Uchenna Nshi, against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Sylvester Ogbaga.
Nshi approached the tribunal to declare Ogbaga’s election as invalid because, according to him, it was fraught with corrupt practices, voter intimidation, violence, non-compliance to the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) and unlawful alteration of results in favour of Ogbaga.
He urged the court to set aside the results of polling units, wards and local governments as declared by the first respondent (INEC).
Tribunal chairman Justice Sika Aprioku held that the petition lacked merit as the petitioner failed to bring preponderance of evidence to prove his case.
The tribunal also held that the allegations of corrupt practices, non-compliance with Electoral Act 2010 as amended, and guidelines for the election was not substantiated by the petitioner, even as he did not prove to the court how they affected the outcome of the election.
Justice Aprioku said the testimonies of the petitioner’s witnesses amounted to hearsay as they confirmed during cross examination that they were not present at the polling units where the infractions happened and accordingly, are unreliable and cannot be attached any probative value.
The tribunal awarded N150,000 cost each in favour of the first and second respondents while N20,000 cost was awarded in favour of the third respondent.
Ogbaga described the judgment as the reaffirmation of INEC’s verdict.
You may be interested
Kogi Guber: PDP Cautions INEC, Yahaya Bello… Says Violence Cannot Save A Sinking GovernorWebby - September 19, 2019
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cautions the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to attempt to use its extrapolations on…
Buhari Departs For UN Summit In New York, To Speak On Poverty Eradication, Quality EducationWebby - September 19, 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja on Sunday for New York, United States to take part in the 74th Session…
11-Year-Old Nigerian Artist, Kareem Beats 2,723 Candidates To Win Top Taiwanese AwardWebby - September 19, 2019
11-year-old Nigerian hyper-realism artist, Kareem Waris Olamilekan, has emerged the recipient of the Taiwan’s Chou Ta-Kuan Cultural and Educational Foundation‘s…