Tribunal sacks James Manager, orders fresh election

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THE Delta State Election Petitions Tribunal (Panel 11) on Saturday nullified the victory of Senator James Manager of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan (APC), dissatisfied with the victory of James Manager, had approached the court, seeking redress.

The tribunal ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a rerun election in 90 days within the six local government areas of the affected zone.

In the petition, Uduaghan alleged over-voting in the district, which resulted in massive ballot-box stuffing and distorted result sheets, which the tribunal averred that he proved through video clips, oral and written submissions.

Justice O.O. Onyeabo, who presided over the matter in suit marked EPT/DT/SEN/11/2019, hinged his verdict on the ability of Uduaghan to prove his allegation of over-voting.

In another judgement, marked suit no. EPT/DT/SEN/01/2019, judgement was given in favour of the Deputy Senate President, Chief Ovie Omo-Agege (APC) against Hon. Evelyn Oboro of the PDP in the Delta Central Senatorial District.

The tribunal ruled that Oboro’s petition was dead on arrival as she could not prove her allegation of irregularities.

Also Delta State Election Petitions Tribunal (‘Panel III’) in suit no. EPT/DT/SEN/13/2019, by Senator Peter Nwaoboshi (PDP), judgement was given against Hon. Doris Uboh (APC), a former House of Representatives member.

Giving verdict on the matter, Justice E. I. Ngene said INEC was right to have declared Nwaoboshi as the winner of the Delta North Senatorial Election, having pulled the highest vote cast, and thereby upheld his victory.

He blamed Uboh for failing to prove her allegation of over-voting and padding of result sheets.

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