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Tribunal sacks PDP Reps member, declares APC’s Ogar as winner

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Tribunal sacks PDP Reps member, declares APC's Ogar as winner

A Peoples Democratic Parties (PDP) House of Representatives member, representing Ikwo\Ezza South Federal Constituency, Lazarus Ogbee was on Monday sacked by the National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.

Ogbee was declared winner of the election conducted on 23rd February 2019 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

But the Tribunal headed by Justice Sika Henry Aprioku declared his opponent and plaintiff in the matter, Chinedu Ogar of the All Progressive Congress, (APC) as the winner of the election.

Ogar had gone to court to challenge the results of the election.

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He claimed that his votes were erroneously reduced by INEC to favour Ogbee.

The court agreed with him and restored the votes in over 10,000 wards earlier cancelled by INEC in some wards in Ikwo and Onueke Urban in Ezza South.

The final results of the election, the tribunal said, should be 36,238 votes for the APC as against PDP’s 33,263 votes.

The Tribunal also directed INEC to immediately issue the APC candidate a certificate of return, and withdraw the one issued earlier to the PDP candidate.

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