THE Delta State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Asaba, yesterday, refused the requests of the governorship candidate of Labour Party, LP, and his All Progressives Congress, APC, counterpart in the state, Chief Great Ogboru and Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, respectively, to nullify the election of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate in the April 11 governorship election.
The three-man tribunal, headed by Justice Nasiru Gumi, held that Chief Ogboru was unable to prove his claim that the election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, did not comply with the Electoral Act, 2010.
It described the petition by Emerhor and APC as “unusual”, as they did not lead with credible evidence to establish the allegation of corrupt practices alleged by them in their petition.
The tribunal held that both petitions were incompetent and dismissed them.
The tribunal dismissed the evidence of a witness to the petitioners that INEC ordered that the use of card readers for the election should be bypassed, saying, “also, the evidence of one of the witnesses amounts to hearsay, and is not admissible.”
The APC candidate, Olorogun Emerhor, in his reaction, rejected the verdict of the tribunal, saying that he would appeal the judgment and stretch it to the Supreme Court if need be.
He declared: “This is the first- level court. We will appeal and eventually to the Supreme Court. Our case is not different from that of Rivers and Akwa Ibom cases. They will all be tested at the higher courts.”
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