Connect with us


Anambra South: Tribunal reserves ruling on consolidated petitions against Sen. Ubah



Anambra South: Tribunal reserves ruling on consolidated petitions against Sen. Ubah

Both petitioners are seeking the nullification of Ubah’s victory in the Feb. 23 Senatorial election for Anambra South Senatorial District.

Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN counsel to Ubah, who adopted and relied on the contents of his final written address on Wednesday, urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition as the petitioner had not proven his weighty allegation of non-compliance with facts.

Ikpeazu said the electoral act had not been changed and that instruction on card reader could not supersede the electoral Act provision that Presiding Officers issue voters with ballot papers upon proper identification.

Mr Obinna Adindu, counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said their final written addresses was filed on Aug. 17 and adopted same, while also urging the dismissal of the petition.

George Igbokwe SAN, counsel to Chris Uba of Peoples Democratic Party, in his submission told the tribunal that use of card reader in the conduct of election was not mere instruction but enjoys `statutory flavour’ as contained in the enhanced electoral guideline.

Igbokwe said card reader was introduced by INEC to improve on the quality of election, arguing further that that there was no law that mandates a petitioner to produce all polling unit agents as witnesses when they would not assist in pleading.

The petitioners counsel said the result sheets from the polling units were explicit and evident in themselves as regards what transpired.

He urged the tribunal to discountenance the defence and hold that the reliefs sought by the petitioners were meritorious and grant them accordingly.

Justice Thelma Okara, Chairman of the tribunal, reserved ruling on the petition for a yet to be announced date.


(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)

Patrick Anaso: is a graduate and a professionally trained journalist, with experience in national news reporting/editing and verification at the News Agency of Nigeria. NNN is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]

Ekiti Govt paying lip service to healthcare delivery, say striking doctors Resumption: Academy wants COVID-19 protocol funds released directly to schools Willian confirms exit from Chelsea after 7 years Anglican Bishop urges govts to save SMEs from collapse For Europe’s “super clubs”, UEFA Champions League determines all YYA sues for peace in Ondo Assembly, condoles with Ogun over Kashamu Ilorin communities appeal to Gov. AbdulRazaq over damaged culvert NPFL 2019/2020 season: Rivers United still insisting they finished second, not third Imo Assembly restates commitment to local production through effective legislation CAN President urges FG to overhaul security apparatus  Osun: Police dismiss inspector for allegedly brutalising tailor, causing death Nimet predicts cloudy, thundery weather activities Monday to Wednesday Sanwo-Olu gives hospital’s management 7-day ultimatum to remove trucks, containers FG supports Imo farmers with 20,000 cocoa seedlings, other improved seeds COVID-19: Low attendance, strict compliance greet church re-opening in Lagos Ex-Rep wants Obaseki impeached over alleged breach of constitution NMA charges state branches to uphold values to protect members Unknown assailants kill Gov. Obiano’s aide on security DG APC Governors Forum tasks membership on participation, registration  Banditry: Monarch urges govt. to adopt new strategies Cleric tasks worshipers on COVID-19 guidelines as church services resume Kwara records 7 new cases of COVID-19 Beauty queen pledges to showcase cultural heritage of Northern Nigeria Zamfara agency sensitises communities on World Bank projects maintenance, sustainability Don’t smoke away your babies, Gynaecologist warns PDP BOT Chairman seeks conduct of LG election by INEC Community policing: FCT minister advocates involvement of council chairmen, traditional rulers Former Police boss blames security challenges on corruption, bad governance Southern Kaduna attacks: Coalition tasks locals on credible information to military Delta communities want FG to revive abandoned projects Dabiri-Erewa says Dapo William’s death great loss to Nigeria Rev Okoye urges Nigerians to return to God, shun tribalism, other vices Commission pledges to eradicate illiteracy, poverty in North-East FG, ECOWAS to host biodiversity consultation on environmental protection Journalists Forum uncovers Nigerians in critical situation in Saudi Arabia NOA urges collaboration of traditional leaders in fight against COVID-19 APC in UK pays tributes to late Dapo Williams Ekiti Govt distributes protective materials ahead Monday’s school reopening Kogi govt extends schools’ fumigation to Eastern Senatorial district Buhari mourns UK-based Nigerian, Dapo Williams COVID-19: Mosques in Ekiti ready for reopening – NSCIA COVID-19: Churches in Lagos  reopen, record  low turn out after 20 weeks of lockdown Church re-opening: Cleric wants leaders ensure compliance with COVID-19 guidelines FCTA pledges support to Suleja smart city project Evacuation: 327 Nigerians depart London for Abuja Resumption: Lagos churches comply with COVID-19 guidelines, as worship resumes Accident claims 2 lives in Anambra – FRSC Estate residents send SOS to LASG over insecurity Angola maintains closed borders to fend off COVID-19 OGSG threatens schools that fail to abide by COVID-19 directives