By Onome Oghenetega
A former governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, has reacted to the Court of Appeal Judgement which affirmed the election victory of Senator James Manager of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Delta South Senatorial District.
The appellate court in a judgement on Monday quashed the decision of the Delta State Election Petitions Tribunal which nullified the election of Manager as the senator representing the area.
The tribunal had nullified the Delta South election and declared that a fresh election be held in the district within 90 days of the judgement in a petition filed by former Governor Uduaghan that the election was marred by irregularities.
Uduaghan had told the tribunal that the exercise was not marred by irregularities but the election did not also complied with the electoral guidelines.
But in a unanimous decision by the Justice A Jauro-led appeal panel on Monday upturned the decision of the tribunal and affirmed that Senator Manager of the PDP won the election.
However, Uduaghan, who was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election, took to his Facebook to thank everyone who supported his senatorial ambition all through the electioneering period to the appeal court.
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According to him, in every battle, “home enemies are the most dangerous.”
The Itsekiri-born medical doctor, however, congratulated Senator Manager on the appeal judgement upholding his election.
“Thanks to ALL who were in the trenches with me. Home enemies are the most dangerous in any struggle! Congrats Sen J. E. Manager”, Uduaghan said in the post.