Election tribunal upholds Obiano’s victory

The Anambra State’s governorship election petitions tribunal, yesterday, dismissed the petitions against the victory of Dr Willie Obiano of APGA at the state governorship elections.

Justice Ishaq Bello ruled that the PDP and APC’s candidates’ petitions lacked merit. PDP and APC’s candidates at the election were, Tony Nwoye and Chris Ngige, respectively.

Mr Chike Obidigbo of APGA also had his petition dismissed. According to the judge, Mr Obidigbo lacked the locus standi under Section 137 of the Electoral Act to file the petition because it was premised on an intra-party matter.

Mr Ngige had alleged disenfranchisement of voters, invalid voters’ register, multiple registrations by Mr Obiano and corrupt practices. He believed these electoral malpractices had substantially affected the outcome of the elections. Mr Nwoye had also sought the nullification of the election due to irregularities and voters’ disenfranchisement.

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