Imo tribunal affirms Ihedioha’s election as governor



#TrackNigeria: The Election Petition Tribunal for sitting in Abuja on Saturday affirmed the election of Gov. Emeka of .

Delivering judgment, Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Mallami Umar-Dogondagi, dismissed the petition of the candidate of the Action Alliance Party, Mr Uche Nwosu, for incompetence.

In a unanimously decision, the three-member panel, also struck out  the petition of the All Progressive , APC, candidate, Sen. Hope Uzodinma.

Three petitions filed by the candidates of the Action Alliance (AA), All Progressives (APC) and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA),  asking the tribunal to nullify the election of Mr Emeka of the Peoples Party (PDP), on the ground that he was unlawfully declared as the governor of the by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The tribunal held that the three petitions challenging the declaration of of the Peoples Party(PDP), lacked merit.

The petitioners, challenged the of the PDP candidate as winner of the March, 9 election on the grounds that the election was marred by irregularities.

The tribunal held that candidate of the Action Alliance, AA, Uche Nwosu, Ifeanyi Ararume of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, and  Uzodinma of the All Progressives , APC, failed to establish petitions against governor Ihedioha.

The tribunal held that the petitioners failed to discharge the burden of proof placed on them by the law.

Umar-Dogodaji stressed that Sen. Uzodinma of the APC was unable to prove his allegation that wrongful collation of results by INEC led to Ihedioha’s as winner of the governorship election.

NAN reports that Sen. Ararume and  Nwosu had approached the tribunal to cancel the election on the grounds that the declared winner did not the mandatory 25 per cent in two third of the local government areas in the .

On his side, Sen. Uzodimma, approached the tribunal and asked that he be declare him the rightful winner of the election, based on non- of results from 366 polling booths out of the INEC approved 388 booths in the .(NAN)

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