Tribunal orders fresh poll for Delta South senatorial seat

The Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Asaba over the weekend ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct fresh poll for Delta South senatorial district.

This followed its nullification the election of Senator James Manager of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the senator representing the senatorial district.

The tribunal chairman, Justice O. O. Onyeabo, in his judgment also ordered the electoral body to conduct a re-run within 90 days.

Former Gov. Emmanuel Uduaghan, candidate of the All Progressives Party (APC) at the February 2019 National Assembly Elections, had approached the tribunal, praying it to invalidate the victory of Manager.

Uduaghan, in his petition, alleged that there were widespread electoral malpractices by the PDP and INEC.

Justice Onyeabo, in his judgment, ordered INEC to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Manger.

The tribunal chairman said that the defendants could not defend the allegations of over-voting and other irregularities during the election.

The petitioner had listed the areas where the electoral irregularities were discovered to include Burutu, Bomadi, Patani, Isoko North, Warri South-West and Warri North local government areas.

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