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Anambra South Senatorial election: What happened at tribunal on Wednesday

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The Anambra Electoral Petitions Court, which is located in Awka, has reserved sentences in consolidated petitions no. EPT / AN / SEN / 09/2019 an EPT / AN / SEN / 11/2019 / presented by Senator Andy Uba and Chief Chris Uba, respectively, against Senator Ifeanyi Ubah.

The Nigeria newspaper report that both petitioners seek the annulment of Ubah’s victory in the senatorial elections of February 23 for the South Senate District of Anambra.

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Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, a lawyer for Ubah, who adopted and relied on the content of his final written speech on Wednesday, urged the court to dismiss the petition since the petitioner had not proven his accusation of non-compliance with the facts.

According to him, the electoral law had not changed, and that instruction in the card reader could not replace the provision of the Electoral Law that presidents cast voters with ballots once they have been adequately identified.

He said that the petitioner in EPT / AN / SEN / 11/2019 / only presented an agent of the voting unit as a witness when he claimed that there was negligence in 218 voting units, arguing that the evidence of a witness could not be a basis to decide what happened. in other groups.

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Obinna Adindu, a lawyer for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said his final written addresses were filed on August 17 and adopted, while urging the petition to be dismissed.

George Igbokwe SAN, a lawyer for Chris Uba of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, in his presentation told the court that the use of the card reader in conducting the elections was not a mere instruction, but that he enjoys the “legal flavor” contained in the improved electoral guide.

Igbokwe said the INEC introduced the card reader to improve the quality of the elections, further arguing that there was no law ordering a petitioner to present all the voting unit agents as witnesses when they would not help allege.

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The petitioners’ lawyer said that the results sheets of the voting units were explicit and self-evident regarding what happened.

He urged the court to dismiss the defense and maintain that the remedies requested by the petitioners were meritorious and grant them accordingly.

Judge Thelma Okara, president of the court, reserved the ruling on the petition for a date yet to be announced.

The resolution on petition EPT / AN / SEN / 09/2019 of Senator Uba of the Congress of All Progressives against the same defendant was also reserved.

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The Nigeria newspaper had reported that a witness last week told the Electoral Petitions Court sitting in Awka that voter registration was not used in some voting units in the South Orumba local government area of ​​the southern senatorial election of Anambra during the February 23 survey.

Bright Nebedum, who testified for Chief Chris Uba of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) in his petition against Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, said this at the resumed hearing of the consolidated petition no. EPT / AN / SEN / 11/2019 on Monday.