Enugu House of Rep can­di­date ap­peals tri­bunal judg­ment

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By John Chuks Azu

A can­di­date in the March 28 House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives elec­tion in Enugu State, Chuk­wue­meka Mamah, has filed an ap­peal be­fore the Ap­peal Court in Enugu seek­ing to up­turn the ver­dict of the tri­bunal which re­turned his op­po­nent as the win­ner of the elec­tion.

Mamah, of the All Pro­gres­sives Grand Al­liance (APGA) had pe­ti­tioned the Enugu Na­tional and State Houses of As­sem­bly Elec­tion Pe­ti­tion Tri­bunal in Enugu, which up­held the elec­tion of Dennis Nnamdi Agbo of Igbo-Eze North/Udenu Fed­eral Con­stituency.

The tri­bunal, presided by Jus­tice Michael Edem had on Oc­to­ber 9 ruled that the pe­ti­tioner failed to prove that the card reader was the only means of ac­cred­i­ta­tion of vot­ers in the elec­tion.

Mamah, through his coun­sel Abel Ozioko, is con­tend­ing that the tri­bunal erred in law when it wrongly placed the bur­den on the pe­ti­tion­ers to prove that ac­cred­i­ta­tion by card reader was the only means of ver­i­fi­ca­tion of vot­ers, ex­plain­ing that it was never the sub­mis­sion of the pe­ti­tioner.

He ar­gued that the main com­plaint was that in the dis­puted ar­eas where card read­ers failed, “there was no in­ci­dent form ac­cred­i­ta­tion by INEC, yet votes were recorded.”

Con­se­quently, Mamah is ask­ing the Ap­peal Court to de­clare him the win­ner of the March 28 elec­tion and or­der INEC to re­turn him as the duly elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Igbo-Eze North/Udenu Fed­eral Con­stituency. Prof. Oluremi Son­aiya, the 2015 pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of the KOWA Party, has called on women to hold Nige­rian lead­ers ac­count­able.

Son­aiya stated this in Abuja, at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of “The Voice of Women in Nige­ria Lead­er­ship Ini­tia­tive”.

She called on women to de­mand for new sys­tem of pub­lic con­duct where the val­ues of hard work and moral dis­ci­pline are im­bibed.

She urged women to come to­gether and re­ori­ent them­selves in or­der to move the na­tion for­ward, not­ing that un­til they de­mand that govern­ment and pub­lic of­fice hold­ers do the right thing, it will con­tinue to be the same old story,” she said.

Photo: NAN

Se­cu­rity checks at the Gov­er­nor­ship Elec­tion Pe­ti­tion Tri­bunal dur­ing the tri­bunal’s judg­ment In Ibadan yes­ter­day.

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