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2007 polls: Uduaghan opens defence

ASABA—DELTA State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has opened his defence in the election before the Retrial Election Tribunal sitting in Asaba, with some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains testifying that the April 14 governorship election in the state was peaceful.
Top PDP members, who had already testified since the defence commenced this week, included Chief Paulinus Akpeki, Mr. Vincent Ogbelase, Mr. Edewor Omonemu, among others.

All the witnesses in their testimonies maintained that the election was free and fair, contrary to the testimonies of the petitioner’s witnesses who told the tribunal that there was no election.

Democratic Peoples Party’s (DPP) governorship candidate, Chief Great Ogboru, had earlier closed his case after fielding 68 witnesses.

Ogboru is praying the tribunal to among others, issue an order on 3rd and 4th respondents (INEC) to conduct fresh election for the governorship office in Delta State, devoid of corrupt practices

He also prayed the court to issue an order nullifying the governorship election purportedly held in Delta State on April 14, 2007, including returns made thereto.


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