By Vincent Ujumadu, Awka
FOLLOWING the nullification of the election of the senator representing Anambra South in the senate, Dr. Andy Uba by the Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu, which also ordered for a re-run of the election within 90 days, the battle for the seat has commenced in earnest.
The nullification of Uba’s election, who contested the April, 2011 election on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was as a result of an appeal filed at the Court of Appeal, Enugu by Chief Chuma Nzeribe who contested on the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.
Though the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has not fixed the date for the rerun election, both Nzeribe and Uba, as well as their campaign coordinators, have been traversing the seven local government areas that constitute the senatorial zone to woo voters to their sides. The seven local government areas are Aguata, Orumba North, Orumba South, Nnewi North, Nnewi South, Ekwusigo and Ihiala.
Before the Court of Appeal decision, the Anambra State National and State Assemblies Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Awka, had dismissed the petition filed by Nzeribe for lack of merit. He subsequently headed to the Court of Appeal which upheld his appeal and ordered for a re-run of the election.
Nzeribe had, in his petition after the declaration of Uba as the winner of the election, urged the lower tribunal to declare him winner of the election on the ground that he scored the highest number of lawful votes cast.
He also argued that PDP contested the election with more than one candidate, which, according to him, was against the provisions of the electoral act. ing APGA popular in the state.