Tribunal Upholds Okowa’s Re-Election

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The Delta State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Asaba, the state capital, on Friday, September 20, 2019, upheld the election of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of the Peoples Democratic Party, declaring him as the authentic winner of the March 9, 2019 governorship election.

Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Great Ogboru, had in a petition marked EPT/DT/GOV/01/2019, challenged the victory of Okowa at the poll.

Ogboru while alleging that the election was marred with irregularities, over-voting and substantial non-compliance with the electoral act and guidelines, prayed the tribunal to nullify the election and order the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct a fresh exercise or declare him the winner on the ground that he scored the majority of lawful votes cast during that exercise.

Chairman of the three-man tribunal, Justice Sulaiman Belgore, dismissed Ogboru’s petition for lack of merit and affirmed Okowa as the winner of that exercise.

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