Nigeria (Blank NEWS Online) –
DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has defeated his gubernatorial opponents, Chief Great Ogboru of the Labour Party (LP) and Olorogun O’tega Emerhor of the All Progressive Congress (APC) at the Court of Appeal in a judgment delivered in Abuja.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja dismissed the appeal filed by Chief Great Ogboru, the Labour Party’s (LP) governorship candidate in 2015 governorship election in Delta state, challenging the judgment of the state Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, which affirmed the election of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
In his ruling on Thursday, December 24, Justice Uwani Abba-Aji said that Ogboru’s appeal lacked merit and further upheld the Tribunal ruling, which had earlier dismissed the LP’s guber candidate petition.
Earlier this year, LP’s candidate filed his petition before the tribunal challenging the Independent National Electoral Commission’s declaration of Okowa of the Peoples Democratic Party as winner of the poll.
In the petition, he alleged that there was overvoting as the number of total votes recorded exceeded the number of voters accredited by the card readers.
Insisting that the conduct of the poll did not comply with the provisions of the Electoral Act, Ogboru asked the tribunal to nullify the results of the poll and order a rerun. However, the tribunal sitting in Asaba dismissed the petition for lacking merit.
Victorious Senator Okowa said “In the last few days, there has been a lot of rumours, a lot of speculations but, we continued to trust in the Lord, I thank God for His faithfulness and I appreciate all Deltans for your prayers and support, the wish of Deltans expressed in the April 2015 elections have been upheld.
“it is time they (my opponents) have a rethink, it is time for peace to reign in Delta State, we believe that Delta State is one and we need to live as brothers and sisters.
“There is room for reconciliation, for peace, we must continue to build bridges, we must continue to do those things that unites us as a people, Delta State is greater than all of us and if their ambition is all about Delta State and not personal, they should join us in taking Delta State to greater heights.”
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