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Ebonyi: tribunal affirms Umahi’s victory

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THE Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital, on Monday affirmed victory of Governor Daivd Umahi of People Democratic Party (PDP), over petition filed by the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), Chief Ajah Agha Arua, challenging the omission of the party’s name and logo in the March 9 governorship election in the state.

Agha had petitioned the tribunal alleging that his party’s name and logo were omitted in the ballot papers by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which he said disenfranchised the party supporters in the March 9 election and called for a total

cancellation of the election.

Governor Umahi, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), INEC and PDP were respondents to the petition.

Delivering judgment on the petition, Chairman of the Tribunal, A.B Abukareem, held that PDM did not conduct any valid primary.

He held that the party failed to prove that it conducted its primary and submitted the name of its candidate in line with the electoral act and upheld the election of Governor Umahi in the governorship election.

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