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Election tribunal dismisses petition against Obi

By Vincent Ujumadu

AWKA — Anambra State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Awka has dismissed the petition filed by the governorship candidate of National Democratic Party, NDP, against the victory of Governor Peter Obi in the 6 February election.

In a unanimous judgment read by a member of the tribunal, Justice M. A. Akoga, in petition ETT/G/AN/5/2010, filed by Mr. Godfrey Chijioke against INEC and 27 others, the tribunal dismissed the petition for non-compliance with the Electoral Act 2006 and Section 285 (2) of the Constitution.

Governor Obi and his deputy, Mr. Emeka Sibeudu, were the 4th and 5th respondents in the case, while candidates of other political parties that contested the election were 6th to 27th respondents.

Chijioke to appeal judgment

Chijioke had urged the tribunal to annul the election on the ground that INEC was not properly constituted to conduct the election.

But the tribunal said the application was fundamentally flawed and subsequently dismissed it.

Though Chijioke commended members of the tribunal for their judgment, he said he would appeal.

They, however, wished him well, telling him that he was free to pursue his matter further.

They added that the Court of Appeal was set up to take care of such legal dissatisfaction.

Legal Adviser to All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Mr. Okoli Akirika, said after the sitting that Obi had made himself available  to the tribunal, adding that those who went to court hoping that the governor would settle them made grave mistakes.


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