2019 Polls: Ogboru challenges Okowa’s victory as Delta Tribunal receives 51 petitions

Okowa and Ogboru

By Eseoghene Emuke

Chief Great Ogboru, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the March 9 governorship election in Delta State has asked the State Elections Petition Tribunal to nullified the election which produced incumbent Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as winner.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Okowa as winner in the election having polled a total of 925,274 votes to defeat Ogboru who scored 215,938 votes.

Confirming the Ogboru’s petition to the Tribunal on Tuesday, the State Secretary of the Tribunal, Ahmed Gusau told newsmen in Asaba, said the tribunal had also received other 50 petitions from aggrieved candidates seeking to challenge those declared as winners.

Gasau disclosed that the 50 petitions were filed to challenge the outcome of the National Assembly and State House of Assembly elections in the state.

He said Ogboru who was the major opponent of Okowa in the governorship election, is the only governorship candidate challenging the re-election of Governor Okowa in the election.

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According to him, the victory of the three senators-elect including James Manager of the PDP (Delta south), Ovie Omo-Agege of the APC (Delta central) and Peter Nwaoboshi of the PDP (Delta north) are also being contested by their opponents.

Gasau explained that two petitions were filed against the victory of Senator James Manager who is returning to the red chamber for the fifth term. He defeated former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and six others to emerged winner.

He added that for the victories of Senators Omo-Agege and Nwaoboshi are also being challenged at the tribunal with one petition each against the lawmakers who returning for the second term.

The tribunal secretary revealed that nine petitions were filed for the House of Representatives election, while thirty seven came from House of Assembly candidates against the winners of the election.


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