The Rivers state elections petition tribunal has sacked the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s George Thompson Sekibo, Senator representing Rivers East and has declared Andrew Uchendu  of the All Progressives Congress (APC) the winner of the senatorial election.

The Tribunal also directed the Independent National Electoral Commission to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Sekibo and issue a fresh certificate of return to Mr. Uchendu.

The Tribunal’s decision was hinged on the fact that Mr. Uchendu won the lawful majority vote cast during the Rivers Re-run legislative election.‎

George Sekibo

Uchendu had approached the tribunal with a petition asking the court to declare him winner of the poll, alleging that INEC failed to take into cognisance the results of some wards and polling units before declaring Sekibo the winner of the polls.

The Tribunal hinged it’s decision on substantial non compliance with the Electoral Act and INEC guidelines.‎‎

The three-man panel sitting at Apo Quarters in the Federal Capital Territory affirmed the petition of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Andrew Uchendu.
The panel thereby declared Chief Uchendu as the winner of the election.

The Tribunal ruled that Sekibo “became Senator through the back door.”

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