The National Assembly and State Election Court convened in Umuahia on Monday confirmed the election of Mr. Ossy Prestige of the Grand Alliance of Progressives (APGA) as the duly elected representative of the federal constituency. Aba North / South.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) announced that MM. Uzor Azubuike of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Mascot Uzor-Kalu of the Progressive Congress (PCA) had separately contacted the court to cancel the Prestige election.
In their petitions, they claimed that Prestige had not won a majority of the legitimate votes cast in the ballot that took place on February 23, and urged the court to declare them as the real winners respectively.
Azubuike accused the Independent National Electoral Commission of excluding the results of 14 voting units in the election.
In an unanimous judgment of a member of the panel, Judge I.P.C Igwe, the court dismissed Azubuike’s motion for lack of merit.
The court ruled that the exclusion of certain results by INEC was admissible, claiming that they had been submitted by persons who were not election officials at the end of the compilation.
He also rejected Uzor-Kalu’s request, describing it as fundamentally flawed because he had failed to join the party in second place. “After securing a third place in the elections, the petitioner failed to join the party that came in second,” said Igwe.
Reacting to the judgment, Azubuike’s counsel, Mr. Chijioke Nwogu, stated that the court’s judgment was not final to the extent that he had the opportunity to appeal the decision.
Uzor-Kalu’s attorneys, Victor Etie, also responded by announcing that they would review the ruling and probably challenge some of the Court of Appeal’s decisions.
Mr. Nwabueze Nwankwo, a lawyer for Prestige, described the judgment as good, saying that “the committee did a lot of work”.