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Tribunal orders election re-run in Abia State

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A National Assembly and House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, the Abia State capital on Friday ordered a rerun of Arochukwu State constituency seat.

The three-man panel tribunal ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a rerun in the state constituency within ninety days.

Recall that the petitioner, Prince Eric Aso Kalu, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last election, had filed a suit at the Tribunal, seeking to nullify the election which returned Mike Ukoha, the flag bearer of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), claimed that the election was marred by irregularities and over voting.

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While delivering the judgment, the chairman of the tribunal, Justice A.A Aderibigbe, declared that the March 9 House of Assembly election won by the respondent (Mike Ukoha) for Arochukwu constituency was characterized by over voting, with instances in Ujari 2, Amasu 1 and 3, as well as Agbagwu, all in Arochukwu state constituency.

The Judge mentioned the units where rerun should take place to include Ujari 3, Amasu 1, 2 and 3, Agbagwu, Government Area/Mary Slessor as well as Ibom/Aggrey Primary School.

Others include Ndi Arunsi Ogbaja Unit, Obiene 1/Obiene Central School, Obiagwulu 3 and Abuma 2/Abuma Hall all in Ututu, Arochukwu local government area of Abia State.


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