The National Assembly / the Court of Electoral Petitions of the State Chambers of the Assembly in Enugu has affirmed the election of HE. Patrick Asadu, representing Nsukka / Igbo-Eze South in the House of Representatives.
Asadu’s victory was challenged by Egnr. Ike Ugwuegede and his party, the Congress of All Progressives, APC.
Latest Nigeria Newspaper reports that Ugwuegede had through his lawyer, H.A. Bello said there was a substantial breach of the Electoral Law and, as such, the election should be annulled.
He had told the Court that “Regulation 39, Sub 7 of the INEC guidelines for the 2019 general elections requires that the results be dated, stamped and signed.
“The word” must “makes it obligatory; it is for this reason that we urge the honorable Members to cancel all undated results.”
But the Defendants: INEC, Asadu and the PDP had responded to their claims, urging the Court to dismiss the petition for lack of merit.
In its judgment, the Court, directed by HE. Judge H.H. Kerang said the first and second respondents were not directly linked to any of the criminal complaints raised by their petitioners.
Therefore, he argued that “in general, there is nothing before us that supports the fundamentals of the petition.
“This petition is unfounded and deserves to be dismissed. Consequently, it is dismissed.
“We affirm Hon. Patrick Oziokoja Asadu as winner of the elections for the southern federal constituency of Nsukka / Igbo-Eze, held by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on February 23, 2019.”
The Court advanced to grant a cost of N100,000, N200,000 and 200,000 in favor of the first, second and third defendants, respectively, against the petitioners.
In reaction to the ruling, one of the main advisers of the PDP, Barr. Jude Chukwuma Ezema described the trial as an affirmation of the people’s mandate.
He said: “The trial is a true reflection of what happened in Nsukka; the choice did not occur at night; it happened during the day and virtually every vote, for what happened, the PDP clearly won. ”
“The judiciary could not have been used to truncate the will of the people; then, the will of the people has been affirmed by the court,” he added.