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Ogboru vs Uduaghan: Tribunal delivers judgment today

By Austin Ogwuda
ASABA—THE Retrial Election Tribunal sitting in Asaba, will this morning deliver  judgment in the much-awaited election petition filed by the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) governorship candidate in Delta State, Chief Great Ogboru, during the 2007 governorship polls.

Ogboru, who fielded  68 witnesses, is praying the tribunal, among others, “for an order on 3rd and 4th respondents (INEC) to conduct fresh election for the governorship office in Delta State devoid of corrupt practices and an order nullifying the governorship election purportedly held in Delta State on April 14, 2007, including returns made thereto”.

A former tribunal chairman, Justice Abdulahi Waiya, had on May 28, 2008, struck out the petition for lack of competence, stating that the petition fell short of the mandatory provision of the Electoral Act 2006.
But not satisified with the judgment, Chief Ogboru appealed to the Court of Appeal, Benin Division, which remitted it back for retrial by a different panel.

Already, the state police command has warned that it would not tolerate any breach of peace during and after the ruling.

State Police command’s spokesman, Mr. Charles Muka, told Vanguard on the telephone yesterday afternoon that “we are aware of the judgment and have taken measures to ensure adequate security. We are on ground.”


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