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National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal Sacks Hon Amobi Ogah

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National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal Sacks Hon Amobi Ogah
The National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Umuahia has sacked Hon Amobi Ogah and ordered INEC to issue the certificate of return to Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha of the ruling All Progressives Congress.

The National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, Abia state, has delivered a landmark judgment nullifying the election victory of Hon Amobi Ogah of the Labour Party and subsequently ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw his certificate of return.

The Tribunal, presided over by Justice Victor Peace Ikpeazu, ruled that Ogah was not validly elected and declared Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the Isuikwuato/Umunneochi federal constituency seat.

This verdict follows a petition filed by Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha challenging the outcome of the election which held earlier this year.

The judgment has ignited widespread reactions among the political class and residents of Abia state. While some have hailed the tribunal's decision as a triumph of justice, others have criticized it as a miscarriage of justice.

Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha has expressed gratitude to the tribunal for upholding the tenets of democracy and delivering justice.

"I am grateful for this victory and I dedicate it to the good people of Isuikwuato/Umunneochi federal constituency. I stand ready to serve them diligently and to be their voice in the National Assembly," she said.

Meanwhile, Hon Amobi Ogah has vowed to appeal the judgment, stating that it was a travesty of justice and an affront to the will of the people.

"I am disappointed by the tribunal's decision, which I believe is influenced by external forces. I will exhaust all legal means to overturn this verdict and reclaim my mandate," Ogah declared.

Political analysts have described the ruling as a significant development in Abia state politics, with the potential to reshape the balance of power in the state.

With the issuance of a new certificate of return to Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, the APC now boasts an additional representative from Abia state in the National Assembly.

The verdict is expected to have far-reaching implications not only for the politicians involved but also for the people of Isuikwuato/Umunneochi federal constituency who will now have a new representative at the federal level.

While some residents have expressed optimism about the change in representation, others are skeptical about the impact that this may have on the development of the constituency.

INEC has been directed to comply with the tribunal's order and to issue the certificate of return to Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha without delay.

The decision of the National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal serves as a reminder that no electoral victory is final until it withstands legal scrutiny. It highlights the importance of due process in our electoral system and the role of the judiciary in upholding the integrity of our democratic process.

As the legal battle continues, the people of Isuikwuato/Umunneochi federal constituency await the final resolution of this matter and the subsequent impact it will have on their lives and representation in the National Assembly.

Source of content: OOO News 2023-09-06 News

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