Abia North rerun: Tribunal declears Mao Ohuabunwa winner; As Orji heads to Appeal Court


A judgement was declared yesterday by the Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, Abia State Capital over the Abia North Senatorial zone election rerun.

Recalled that Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu had approached the Tribunal, while challenging the victory of Mao Ohuabunwa of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The Tribunal chairman, Justice James Abundaga in delivering judgement in a  petition  filed by former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu  who was candidate of the  Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) against the election of Ohuabunwa, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) said the petitioner failed to prove allegations of malpractice beyond reasonable doubt.

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Meanwhile, the former Governor of Abia State, and the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) candidate  in the March 5, 2016 Abia North senatorial rerun election Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has said he would appeal the judgment.

He stated this  through his counsel, Perfect Okorie, at the Umuahia High Court premises, yesterday, after the  judgment delivered by the election tribunal

Kalu said he did not agree with some of the issues raised by the tribunal, stating that he disagreed with most of the issues the tribunal relied on.

“That is why we have the higher court; if you feel aggrieved you go to appeal. I know that the Court of Appeal with see it differently. Kalu said.

“This, definitely, is the beginning of the process; I am positive that at the Court of Appeal something different will happen.”

Reacting to the tribunal verdict on behalf of his principal, Kalu’s Special Adviser, Kunle Oyewumi, said: “The tribunal struck out our petition without considering the merit of the whole case.

However, we shall appeal the judgement.” Kalu added.



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