…Orders Rerun For Obingwa/Osisioma/Ugwunagbo Fed. Constituency
The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal Sitting in Umuahia, the Abia State capital has declared the February 25th elections of Obingwa/Osisioma/Ugwunagbo Federal Constituency null and void.
The court also ordered for a rerun within the next 90 days according to the constitution. The tribunal noted that the LP candidate was declared in error and therefore cannot stand.
Reading out the judgement, Prof. Muhammad Mahmud on behalf of the three man panel headed by Hajaratu Hajjo Lawal, said the number of lead is more than the number of voters who were disenfranchised in some polling units but collected their Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs.
The candidate of the Young Progressives Party, YPP, Hon. Ibe Michael Nwoke had approached the court after the declaration of Labour Party’s Munachim Alozie as winner of the February 25th elections demanding nullification.
Nwoke prayed the court to among other things nullify the election of LP’s Alozie as he was not duly elected and his election invalid based on the margin of lead.
While counsel to YPP’s candidate adjudged the ruling as fair, the LP’s counsel insists on appealing the case.
In a related development, Daniel Okeke of the All Progressives Congress, APC has sacked Labour Party’s Osonwa, representing Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency.