Tribunal upholds delta state governor’s election, dismisses APC’s petition Tribunal upholds delta state governor’s election, dismisses APC’s petition. The Delta state Election Petition Tribunal has upheld the April 11th election of the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa and dismissed the petition of APC candidate during the election, Otega Emerhor. Earlier on, the tribunal had thrown out the petition of Labour party candidate, Great Ogboru and asked the Labour party to pay N50,000 each to the governor, PDP and INEC.
The candidates: Great Ogboru (LP) and O’tega Emerhor (APC) challenged the declaration of Mr. Okowa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner with 724,680 votes, defeating Ogboru who polled 130,028 votes, and Emerhor with 67,825 votes.
Delivering the controversial judgement, which is said to have been written by the Delta State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Peter Mrakpo, and handed over to the three-man panel, Justice Nasir Gunmi, the chairman, today dismissed the petitions for what he described as lack of merit and the inability by the petitioners to prove their cases beyond reasonable doubt.
Reacting to the judgment, the Delta state chairman of the LP, Tony Ezeagwu, said the judgement was unexpected and that his party would be heading to the Court of Appeal.
Also reacting, the Delta state chairman of the APC, Prophet Jones Erue, the Director General of the Emerhor campaign organisation, Hon. Benjamin Ogbalor and the running mate to O’tega Emerhor, Ogbuefi V.O.T. Abanum, described the judgement as a miscarriage of justice, alleging that it was allegedly bought over by the Okowa and PDP.
Addressing a press conference at the APC state secretariat in Asaba shortly after the judgement, they stressed that the judgment did not reflect the feelings of Deltans.
It would be recalled that some weeks ago, the state chief judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro, infiltrated the tribunal judges and a whopping sum of N3billion was doled out by Governor Okowa to buy judgements of the governorship, State House of Assembly and the National Assembly.