Delta Tribunal Sacks Manager, Affirms Omo-Agege, Nwaoboshi’s Elections

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Delta State National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal Panel sitting in Asaba, Delta state capital, on Saturday sacked the election of James Manager, senator representing Delta South senatorial district in the national Assembly.

The immediate past, governor of the State and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Delta South Senatorial District, Emmanuel Uduaghan had in a petition filed by his lawyer, Thomson Okpoko (SAN) told the tribunal that the February 23 National Assembly elections in the district was marred by massive rigging and other irregularities and therefore prayed the tribunal to cancel the over votes owing to alleged overwhelming evidences that the election was manipulated in favour of James Manager of the PDP and declared him the winner.

In its judgement, the election tribunal panel presided over by justice C.O Onyeabo in a three hours judgement nullified the election of James Manager, senator representing Delta South senatorial district in the national Assembly and ordered for a fresh election within 90 days.

The tribunal also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw certificate of return issued to James Manger stressing that the defendants could not defend case of over voting and irregularities against them.

Speaking shortly after the judgement, counsel to Manager, Larry Selekeowei (SAN), said they were not satisfied with the judgement but will study and appealed the judgement.

Also, on Saturday, the state National Assembly election petition tribunal sitting in Asaba, the capital, affirmed the election of the deputy senate president and lawmaker representing Delta central of Delta state in the red chamber, Ovie Omo-Agege.

The tribunal panel 1 presided ovee by Justice A. M Abubaka in a four hours judgement affirmed the election victory of the deputy senate president of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege of the APC, declaring that the petitions filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Evelyn Oboro for the Delta Central Senatorial election lacked merit and was subsequently dismissed.

In the same vein, the Delta State National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal Panel sitting in Asaba, state capital, on Saturday upheld the election of Peter Nwaoboshi, lawmaker representing Delta North senatorial district.

Doris Uboh, candidate of the All Progress Congress, (APC), at the February 23, 2019 National Assembly Election for the Delta North senatorial district, had challenged the election victory of Nwaoboshi on the ground that the election was characterized by irregularities.

Delivering the judgement after hearing both parties arguments, the Petition Tribunal Panel III presided by Justice E. I. Ngene, dismissed the petition brought by APC candidate, Doris Uboh against the PDP candidate, Peter Nwaoboshi, saying the petition was dead on arrival and lacks merit.

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