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Retrial tribunal adjourns judgement on Ogboru/Uduaghan suit

By Austin Ogwuda
Asaba—THE Retrial Election Tribunal sitting in Asaba yesterday adjourned for judgment in the election petition filed by the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) governorship candidate in Delta State, Chief Great Ogboru, during the 2007 governorship polls, following the formal adoption of addresses from counsel from both parties.

Although no date was fixed for the ruling, the tribunal said it would communicate the date for the judgment to the respective counsel  in the matter once the judgment was ready.

The legal fireworks from both parties came to an end yesterday after addressing the tribunal.

Also yesterday, the tribunal similarly adjourned for judgment in the election petition filed by the wife of the former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mrs. Mariam Ali, challenging the election of Senator Patrick Osakwe of Accord Party.

Ogboru, who had earlier closed his case after fielding 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

*an order nullifying the governorship election purportedly held in Delta state on April 14, 2007, including returns made thereto.

Similarly, Mrs. Ali is seeking for nullification of the election of Senator Osakwe on the grounds that he (Osakwe) did not formally resigned from PDP before re-contesting under the platform of Accord Party in 2007.

The two petitions were remitted from the Court of Appeal, Benin City, for retrial after being thrown away by a former Tribunal that sat in Asaba.


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