Anambra: APC urges tribunal to nullify APGA’s victory in Idemili-south constituency

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged the Anambra Election Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Awka, to nullify the election of Mr Chukwuka Ezenwune of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as winner of Idemili-south constituency.

Ezenwune was declared winner of the March 9 state assembly election for Idemili South constituency by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

But APC candidate Mr Bona Orakwe in his petition, marked EPT/AN/SHA/35/2019, contended that the APGA candidate did not score the highest number of lawful votes.

Orakwe also joined APGA, INEC, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) and Returning Officer for the local government area as respondents.

The petitioner contended that the APGA candidate did not score lawful majority votes cast in the election and therefore should not have been returned as winner.

Ezenwune scored 10, 710 votes, ahead of the second placed Mr Frank Okigbo of People Democratic Party who scored 4,071, while Orakwe garnered 3,210 votes to come third in the contest.

Orakwe said the election was marred with irregularities and substantial non-compliance to the Electoral Act, which affected the result declared by INEC.

He contended that he scored the highest number of lawful votes cast and should be declared the winners or in the alternative nullify the election held on March 9 and order for fresh poll. (NAN)

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