Tuesday, 13 October 2015

2015 NASS Tribunal: Doom to APGA, Obiano 2017 as PDP Smiles Home


As the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Awka, Anambra state capital is gradually signing-up, candidates of People Democratic Party (PDP) have emerged victorious against their APGA counterparts.

PDP, which has maintained its position across Anambra North, Anambra South, and Anambra Central Senatorial zones and House of Representative Constituencies, has equally lost one seat to APGA, Dozie Nwankwo at Anaocha/Njikoka/Dunukofia federal constituency, even as it gained a seat from APGA, precisely in Governor Willie Obiano’s constituency, Anambra East and Anambra West Federal Constituency.

Justice Hezekiah Solanke-led panel (in court 1), and Justice Nayai Aganaba led panel (in court 2), of the 2015 Election petition tribunal had declared that the Former minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah of Anambra North senatorial district defeated Chief Dubem Obaze of APGA, while Uche Ekwunife of PDP won Chief Victor Umeh of APGA at Anambra Central, as Andy Uba of PDP (Anambra South) won Alex Ndukwe of APGA.

On federal House of Representative seats, the tribunal, while striking out petitions filed by APGA and its candidates, upheld the elections of Hon. Anayo Nnebe (PDP-Awka North/Awka South), Hon. Eucharia Azodo (PDP-Aguata), Hon. Sopuruchukwu Ezeonwuka (PDP-Orumba North and South), Onyema Chukwuka (PDP- Ogbaru), Hon. Obinna Chidoka (PDP-Idemili North and Idemili South), Hon. Chris Azubuogu (PDP-Nnewi North/Nnewi South/Ekwusigo), and Hon. Emeka Anohu (PDP-Ihiala).

It however, upturned the victories of APGA candidate representing Anambra East and West federal constituency, Peter Madubueze Obiano, and declared Comrade Tony Nwoye of PDP as winner, even as it announced that Dozie Nwankwo of APGA won Okechukwu Eze of PDP at Anaocha/Njikoka/Dunukofia federal constituency.
As a result, the Tribunal asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to retrieve the certificate of return issued to the APGA and PDP candidates currently occupying the respective House of Reps seats, and to issue fresh certificates of return to their opponents, it declared as winners.

Our reporter, who covered the outcome of the tribunal judgment reported that almost the winners were not present but ably represented by party supporters and lawyers, while some like Okey Eze, Ifeanyi Ibezim, Igwebuike Hygers, and few others that came with joy left with tears rolling down their cheeks.

However, responding at separate interviews, the petitioners and respondents, who lost at the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal, threatened to seek redress at Federal Court of Appeal to showcase their dissatisfaction.

“I have not lost out anything. I am still the House of Representative Member for Anaocha/Njikoka/Dunukofia federal constituency. I was the authentic winner of the election. I will rather seek redress at Appeal court…”, said Hon Okey Eze, as he wipes out tears from his eyes.

Another loser at the tribunal, who seemed to be waiting patiently for the judgment with optimism (from 8 am shed tears of disappointment when it was called out eventually around 8PM), Ifeanyi Ibezim (APGA candidate for Idemili North and South) told newsmen that he would seek for advice from his party and legal adviser before taking any action.

Speaking in an interview, a political analysts, Chizoba Nwafor described the PDP's victory as end road for Governor Willie Obiano and APGA on 2017 Gubernatorial poll.

"End to Governor Obiano's governoship ambition on 2017. It spelt doom to APGA forever. This is becuase the PDP winners are likely to team-up with APC to win the guber poll at all cost...The winners have the structure, money, resources and may likely win the State House of Assembly Petition Tribunal as well becuase Obiano is not a politician but a technocrat.", he said in an inteview with our reporter at Awka.



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