By Festus Ahon
ASABA—THE Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City, Edo State, has nullified the election of the senator representing Delta Central senatorial district in the Senate, Senator Ighoyota Amori of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
The appellate court declared the senatorial candidate of Labour Party in the March 28 2015 election, Obaisi Ovie Omo-Agege as winner of the election.
Amori’s sack came three weeks after he organised a thanksgiving service that attracted the leadership of the National Assembly, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and other top government functionaries from across the country.
Delivering the judgment, Justice H. A. Barka in the lead decision, set aside the verdict of the lower tribunal which upheld the declaration of Senator Amori as winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Barka held that they found Omo-Agege’s appeal meritorious.
Reacting to the judgment, Omo-Agege thanked God and the judiciary for restoring the mandate which, according to him, was freely given to him by the people of Delta Central senatorial district through the ballot.
Describing the judgment as victory for the Urhobo nation, Omo-Agege assured that the delay in giving him back his mandate would not affect his performance as he is resolved to better the lots of the people.
He held that as a senator, he will put the issues of Urhobo on the front burner in the National Assembly and thereby, place the Urhobo nation in its right place in the politics of the country.
Omo-Agege thanked his supporters for their prayers and strong belief in his representation at the Senate.
He appealed to his opponents to join hands with him in the task of developing Delta Central senatorial district and promised to initiate bills that would engender the development of the district.