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Monday, 12 October 2015

Tribunal Sacks Gilbert Nnaji, Enyinnaya Abaribe; Former Enugu Governor Nnamani Wins

Senator Abaribe

The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Enugu State on Monday nullified the election of a senator representing Enugu East Senatorial District, Gilbert Nnaji, on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The judgment was given in favour of a former governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani, of the People for Democratic Change, PDC, who had challenged Mr. Nnaji’s victory.
Sir Gilbert Nnaji

The three-man tribunal held that the conduct of the election did not comply with the 2010 Electoral Act.

According to Justice Mathew Aderawa, who delivered the judgment, “the first respondent, while trying to deny that irregularities marred the election, exposed more mutilations of results in polling stations where he won.

“Ballot papers were not accounted for, which affected the outcome of the result. Irregularities occurred in the six Local Government Areas that constitute the senatorial district.

Senator Nnamani

“Sufficient evidence was laid before this tribunal, showing that the first respondent inflated results, while deflating the petitioner’s result.

“These irregularities and noncompliance were substantial to mar the outcome of the election. The petitioner has proven beyond reasonable doubt that the election did not comply with the provisions of the electoral act 2010.

“Based on the foregoing, we hereby void the election and order a fresh election,” said the judge.

In a related development.  Election Of Peoples Democratic Party Senator Abaribe Nullified In Abia

The election of a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has been nullified by the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Umuahia today.

Delivering the judgement, the lead judge stated that the election of Senator Abaribe was inconclusive due to irregularities in two local government areas namely Obi gnaw and Ugwunagbo

The candidate of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Chris Nkwonta, had petitioned the tribunal seeking nullification of Abaribe’s election on the basis of electoral irregularities.

Speaking with SaharaReporters by phone, Senator Abaribe said his team were confused about the ruling stating that his legal team has applied for a Certified true copy of the judgement so as to guide him in deciding on an appropriate response.
Senator Abaribe, a three-term Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe Magic FM senator was first elected to represent Abia-South Senatorial District at the Nigerian Senate in 2007.

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