October 3, 2023

Abia Assembly: Tribunal declares PDP candidate Akpulonu, winner


PDP and its colour flags

By Ugochukwu Alaribe

UMUAHIA – The Abia National and State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, has dismissed the petition filed by the candidate of the Labour Party for the Obingwa East state constituency in the Abia state House of Assembly, Mr Peter Azubuike, against the candidate of the PDP, Chief Solomon Akpulonu.

The Labour Party candidate had petitioned the tribunal, alleging voting and called for the cancellation and rerun in 28 polling units, insisting that the election didn’t comply with the Electoral Act.

However, the tribunal headed by Justice Abubakar Idris Kutigi, held that the Labour Party’s petition lacked merit and could not prove the allegation of overvoting and non-compliance with the electoral act.

The tribunal declared Akpulonu as validly elected and awarded an N200,000 cost to be paid to the PDP candidate.

In an interview with journalists in Umuahia, Akpulonu, who is a former majority leader of the Assembly, commended the tribunal for what he described as an erudite and well-considered judgment.

He enjoined Azubuike to join hands with him to develop the constituency.

Also speaking, counsel to the PDP candidate, Chidozie Ogunji, stated that the petition lacked merit and commended the tribunal for dismissing it.