Anambra : Nullify The March 9 State Assembly Election That Awarded APGA’s Victory In Idemili South – APC Calls On Tribunal
The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Anambra State has urged the state Election Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Awka to nullify the election of Mr Chukwuka Ezenwune of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as winner of Idemili South constituency.
Ezenwune was declared the winner of the March 9 State Assembly election for Idemili South constituency by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, NAN reports.
But Mr Bona Orakwe, of the APC in his petition, marked EPT/AN/SHA/35/2019, contended that the APGA candidate did not score the highest number of lawful votes.
Joined as respondents are APGA, INEC, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) and Returning Officer for the local government area.
The petitioner contended that the APGA candidate did not score lawful majority votes cast in the election and, therefore, should not have been returned as the winner.
Ezenwune scored 10, 710 votes, ahead of the second-placed, Mr Frank Okigbo of the People Democratic Party who scored 4,071, while Orakwe garnered 3,210 votes to come third in the contest.
Orakwe said the election was marred with irregularities and substantial non-compliance to the Electoral Act, which affected the result declared by INEC.
He contended that he scored the highest number of lawful votes cast and should be declared the winner or in the alternative nullify the election held on March 9 and order for a fresh poll.