September 21, 2015

Tribunal to decide Kalu, Onuoha, Ohuabunwa’s fate Oct 14

By Anayo Okoli

UMUAHIA—THE National Assembly Petitions Tribunal sitting in Umuahia has fixed October 14, 2015, to give judgment in a consolidated petition from former Abia State Governor, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu of the Progressive Peoples Party and Chief David Onuoha of All Progressives Grand Alliance against Senator Mao Ohuabunwa representing Abia North in the National Assembly.

Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo, who announced the date at  Friday’s sitting, told the parties that the tribunal was constrained by time and the terminal date of the petition urged them to file and adopt their addresses on  October 6, 2015.

Earlier in his witness, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa said he polled 47,027 votes to emerge the winner of the election.

He dismissed the claim by his opponents that the alleged absconding of Returning Officer for the zone invalidate or upturn his election, since another returning officer was appointed by INEC to conclude the process.

According to him, it was Professor Ovuoh Ethelbert that was the Returning Officer who declared him winner when Dr. Ihekweaba Chigoziem absconded.

Ohuabunwa also denied that there was no election in Arochu- kwu, Ohafia and Umunneochi local government areas.