Abia guber: Tribunal fixes date for judgement in PDP, APC’s petitions against Governor Otti

The governor of Abia State, Alex Otti, who was a candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Okey Ahiwe of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Ikechi Emenike of the All Progressive Congress (APC) would know their fate in the ongoing election petition tribunal sitting in Umuahia.

The Tribunal fixed October 6, to deliver judgment on the petition challenging the declaration of Otti as winner of the March 18, 2023 governorship election.

The Nation reports that the governorship candidate of the APC, Emenike had prayed the court to sack Otti over allegations of non-resignation of his membership before joining the Labour Party.

He also alleged that Otti’s name was not in the Labour Party’s register before his nomination as the party’s standard-bearer in the 2023 polls in the state.

Also, joined in the petition were the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, Okey Ahaiwe; the Young Progressives Party, Nana Nwafor and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Speaking to journalists, Otti’s led counsel, Abiodun Owolekoko (SAN), said his team was optimistic that the tribunal judgment would favour his client

However, the counsel to Emenike, Tochukwu Maduka (SAN), claimed that the defendant’s counsel failed to provide the Labour Party register where his name appeared.

He said that his team prayed the court to cancel Otti’s votes as well as the PDP and YPP candidates; and declare his client the lawful winner of the election having scored the highest of lawful votes in the election.

The lead counsel to the PDP, Paul Anaba, said his team agreed with the petitioner to sack Otti but added that the PDP would benefit from the petition, saying the case of non-resignation as the chief of staff to the former holds no water in the eyes of the law.

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