Ebonyi Gov Nwifuru wins at Election Tribunal

By Chinwe Imo-Eze Onwosi

The Ebonyi State Governorship elections petition tribunal sitting in Abuja on Wednesday upheld the victory of Governor Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru as validly elected in the March 18 Governorship election.

The tribunal led by Justice Lekan Ogunmoye struck out the petitions of the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Professor Benard Odoh and that of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Ifeanyi Odii, for lacking in merit.

The duo had argued that Mr Nwifuru was not validly nominated by the All Progressives Congress, but the three-man panel disagreed with the petitioners, ruling that the issues of qualifications and nomination of candidates for elections were pre-election matters which the tribunal had no jurisdiction to entertain.

Reacting to his victory, the Ebonyi State Governor, Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru of the All Progressive Congress, described his victory at the Governorship Tribunal as victory to constitutional democracy.

Governor Nwifuru, therefore, thanked the judges for rightful way delivered judgment, while noting that the court remains the last hope of common man.

He applauded Ebonyi people for their steadfast support and assured he will continue to work to develop the state.

“This judgement by the tribunal is a victory for democracy, the court remains the last hope of the common man”, he noted

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