BREAKING: PDP loses as tribunal upholds Abia Governor, Otti’s election


Abia State election petition tribunal sitting in Umuahia has
dismissed three grounds of prayers brought by the candidate of the Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP, Okey Ahaiwe against Governor Alex Otti.


The tribunal which delivered the Judgement at about 1:20 pm,
dismissed Ahaiwe’s case for lack of merit.


Ahaiwe had challenged the declaration of Otti as the duly
elected governor by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.


In his prayers through his Lawyer, Paul Ananaba, SAN, Ahaiwe
had urged the court to remove Otti and declare him the winner.


The PDP candidate said the electoral victory of Otti did not
confirm with Section 77 of the Electoral Act, among other prayers.


However, the tribunal threw away all the requests, for
lacking in merit.


The victory threw thousands of LP
supporters who came from different parts of the State into spontaneous
jubilation, as they danced in joy and celebration outside the Federal High
Court complex.


Meanwhile the tribunal is presently handling the case
brought by Ikechi Emenike of the APC against Otti.


Emenike is asking the tribunal to remove governor Otti, on
the allegations that he did not resign his membership of the APC before joining
the LP.


The APC candidate in the March 18 guber election is also
claiming that Otti’s name is not in the register of the LP when he contested
the election.


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