Senator Sam Egwu and Obinna Ogba

The National and State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State yesterday upheld the elections of Senator Sam Egwu and Obinna Ogba representing Ebonyi North and Central Constituencies respectively.
It also upheld the election of Hon Linus Okorie representing Ohaozara, Onicha and Ivo Federal Constituency.

The tribunal dismissed the petition filled by the Labour Party candidate in the March 28 senatorial election of Ebonyi Central and son of the former governor of the state, Prince Nnanna Elechi challenging the election of Chief Obinna Ogba of the PDP.

In its two hours judgment on the petition read by the Chairman, Justice Joel Ayga, the tribunal said most of the paragraphs of the petition were based on criminal allegations against some persons and institutions that were not made parties to the petition and therefore expunged the paragraphs.

The tribunal maintained that some of the paragraphs of the petition were vague, generic, lacking in particulars and specifics as well as imprecise and struck out the paragraphs.

It also noted that some documents including forensic examination, results sheets and voters’ register brought before the tribunal by the petitioners’ witnesses who were not pleaded nor listed in the petition were brought outside the 21-days stipulated period.

The tribunal noted that the petitioner failed to prove allegations of irregularities, non-compliance with the electoral act and other allegations in the petition beyond reasonable doubt and therefore dismissed the petition for lacking in merit.

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