Akwa - The Anambra State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal in Awka on Wednesday upheld Governor Willie Obiano’s election and dismissed four petitions filed against him by other candidates.
Obiano was the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in the election; with the major challenges being the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The tribunal Chairman, Justice Ishaq Bello, held that the petitions of Chike Obidigbo, belonging to a faction of APGA; Chris Ngige of APC, Tony Nwoye of PDP and the PDP lacked merit.
Bello, in four separate judgments, held that Obiano’s election complied substantially with the Electoral Act 2010 and the 1999 Constitution.
He held that Obidigbo lacked the locus standi under Section 137 of the Electoral Act to file the petition because it dwelt on an intra-party matter.
The judge further discountenanced the allegation of multiple registration against Obiano for lack of evidence by the petitioner.
The INEC on December 1, 2013 declared Obiano of APGA winner of the November 16, 2013, November 17, 2013 and November 30, 2013 governorship election after polling 180 178 votes.
Nwoye came second with 97 700 votes, Ngige came third with 95 963 votes, while Ifeanyi Ubah of Labour Party polled 36 495 votes.
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