Idemili South constituency poll: APC challenges APGA's victory in court

Idemili South constituency poll: APC challenges APGA's victory in court

- The Anambra election petition tribunal in Awka has been asked to nullify Idemili South constituency election

- The election was won by the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Chukwuka Ezenwune

- The candidate of the APC in the state House of Assembly election for Idemili South constituency, Bona Orakwe, says the election was marred with irregularities and substantial non-compliance to the Electoral Act

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged the Anambra election petition tribunal sitting in Awka to nullify the election of Chukwuka Ezenwune of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as winner of Idemili South constituency seat.

Ezenwune was declared winner of the March 9 state assembly election for Idemili South constituency by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Legit.ng gathers that in his petition, Bona Orakwe of the All Progressives Congress (APC) contended that the APGA candidate did not score the highest number of lawful votes.

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Joined as respondents are APGA, INEC, resident electoral commissioner 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 winner.

Ezenwune scored 10, 710 votes, ahead of the second placed Frank Okigbo of Peoples 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 winners or in the alternative nullify the election held on March 9 and order for fresh poll.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) won 24 of the 30 seats in the Anambra state House of Assembly, while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won six seats.

The speaker of the Anambra state House of Assembly, Rita Maduagwu, was defeated in her bid to retain her position. She lost to the PDP candidate.

Leo Nkedife, head, voter education and publicity, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state, confirmed the results on Sunday, March 10 in Awka.

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