By AUSTIN OGWUDA, ASABA

Delta State  governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, yesterday, failed to stop the hearing of the election petition filed by the governorship candidate of Democratic Peoples Party (DPP), Chief Great Ogboru, over the re-run governorship election held on January, 6, this year on the grounds that it was incompetent and had since been abandoned.

This followed the ruling on an application filed by the governor, asking the tribunal to strike out the petition since it lacked merit.

But the chairman of the three-man tribunal, Justice Doris Ogwurike, in dismissing the application, stated that Ogboru’s petition couldn’t be deemed to have been abandoned because it was duly registered with the tribunal’s registry in compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act.

The tribunal also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to, within 48 hours, allow the two parties (DPP and PDP) access to inspect the electoral materials used during the said poll.

Professor Itse Sagay represented Ogboru while Ken Mozea was the lead counsel for the governor.

Meanwhile, the tribunal has adjourned further sitting to tomorrow (Monday).  Uduaghan of the PDP was declared the winner of the governorship re-run with a total of 275,253 votes to beat Ogboru of the DPP to the second position.

Ogboru scored 138,244 votes while Chief Ovie Omo-Agege of RPN came third with 7,481 votes.

In declaring Uduaghan the winner, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr. Gabriel Ada, who was the Returning Officer, stated that “Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan having satisfied the requirements of the law and having scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared the winner and hereby returned”.

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