Election tribunal sitting in Awka on Tuesday upheld the victory of Senator Andy Ubah of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP as winner of the March 28 senatorial election for Anambra South zone as declared by INEC.
Ubah was dragged to the election tribunal by the senatorial candidate for All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Ernest Ndukwe, who filed the petition seeking to be declared winner of the said election.
Delivering judgement late Tuesday, Justice Naya Aganaba, ruled that the petitioner failed to mention those he accused of committing electoral fraud in the course of the election.
On the issue of the first respondent not being qualified to contest election for not having WAEC certificate, the tribunal panel cited section 109 and 65A of the Electoral Act, and said that even a First school leaving certificate is enough qualification for any Nigerian citizen that is above 35years with a political party backing to contest National Assembly election.
The panel ruled that the petition is incompetent in evidence. “There is no ground of malpractices and it cannot affect the result of the election unless it is substantiated.
The petitioner did not know the number of polling units in Ihiala,” the tribunal said.
Earlier in the day, the second election tribunal had dismissed the petition brought by Emeka Ojukwu of APGA against the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP candidate, Chris Azubogu, who is an incumbent legislator, for lacking evidence.