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Tribunal strikes out 2 APGA cases in Enugu for non-appearance

24 June 2015, 22:08

Enugu - The State and National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal in Enugu on Wednesday struck out a petition filed by Anthony Nwafor of All Progressive Grand Alliance Party (APGA) for non-appearance.

Nwafor was challenging the declaration of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Chukwuemeka Ujam, by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of Nkanu East/West constituency in the March 28 National Assembly (NASS) elections.

The Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Michael Edem, ruled that since the petitioner had failed to appear before it, the petition should be struck out.

Also read: Enugu constitutes Election Tribunals

Edem, therefore, awarded the cost of N20 000 in favour of the respondent.

In another ruling, the tribunal dismissed a petition instituted by Okwudili Ifeanyi of APGA challenging the declaration of Princess Stella Ngwu as the winner of Igboetiti/Uzouwani Federal Constituency election by the INEC.

The petitioner had earlier moved a motion urging the tribunal to declare him winner of March 28 NASS election.

He prayed the court for an extension of time to enable him sort out some issues.

Justice Edem, in his ruling, described the request by the petitioner for extension of time as an `abuse’ of court processes.

He said the petitioner failed to apply for a motion within the required time of the law.

The chairman, however, dismissed the case without any cost to the petitioner.

-  NAN



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