Tri­bunal re­moves Nnaji at Enugu East

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Tony Adibe, Enugu

The Na­tional Assem­bly Elec­tion Tri­bunal sit­ting in Enugu State has re­moved Sen­a­tor Gil­bert Emeka Nnaji as rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Enugu East Sen­a­to­rial Zone.

The judge­ment was given yesterday in favour of for­mer gover­nor, Chi­maroke Nna­mani, who con­tested on the plat­form of the Peo­ple for Demo­cratic Change (PDC) against Nnaji of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP).

The tri­bunal held that the con­duct of the elec­tion did not com­ply with the 2010 Elec­toral Act.

Jus­tice Mathew Ader­awa, who de­liv­ered the judge­ment, said: “The first re­spon­dent while try­ing to deny that ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties marred the elec­tion, ex­posed more mu­ti­la­tion of re­sults in polling sta­tions where he won. Bal­lot pa­pers were not ac­counted for, which af­fected the out­come of the re­sult. Ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties oc­curred in the six LGA that con­sti­tute the sen­a­to­rial dis­trict.”

Ac­cord­ing to Ader­awa, suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence was laid be­fore the tri­bunal show­ing that the first re­spon­dent in­flated re­sults while de­flat­ing the pe­ti­tion­ers’ re­sult. These ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and non com­pli­ance were sub­stan­tial to mar the out­come of the elec­tion, he added, not­ing that the pe­ti­tioner proved be­yond rea­son­able doubt that the elec­tion did not com­ply with the pro­vi­sions of the elec­toral act. He there­fore nul­li­fied the elec­tion and or­dered a fresh one.

Photo: NAN

Work­ers op­er­ate the Bauchi State re­cy­cling plants dur­ing an in­spec­tion visit by the Deputy Gover­nor, Nuhu Gi­dado, to the fac­tory in Bauchi yesterday.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Nigeria

© PressReader. All rights reserved.