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Anambra, Ekiti, Adamawa tribunals receive 43 petitions

No fewer than 43 petitions challenging the outcomes of the National and state Assembly elections have been lodged with the Anambra, Ekiti and Adamawa states election petitions tribunals.

In Anambra State, the tribunal stated that it had received no fewer than 31 petitions from various candidates who contested in the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections as well as the March 18 state Assembly polls.

The secretary of the tribunal, Mr Muazu Bagudu, in Awka on Friday said while the filing of petitions for the National Assembly election had closed, that of the state Assembly election was still on.

Our correspondent gathered that seven of the 31 petitions were from the Senate, while 24 were from the House of Representatives. No petition has been received for the state Assembly election.

For example, the senatorial candidates of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Mr Chris Azubogu, Labour Party, Obinna Uzoh and the Peoples Democratic Party, Chris Uba, are challenging the declaration of the Young Progressives Party candidate, Ifeanyi Ubah, as senator-elect for Anambra South senatorial zone.

In Anambra North senatorial zone, Stella Oduah of the PDP is challenging the declaration of Mr Tony Nwoye of the LP as senator-elect.

Also, in Anambra Central, Mr Dozie Nwankwo of APGA and Mrs Helen Mbakwe of the New Nigeria Peoples Party are challenging the declaration of Chief Victor Umeh of the Labour Party as senator-elect.

 Four in Ekiti

In Ekiti State, the tribunal said it had received four petitions.Related News

The secretary of the tribunal, Salihu Umar, said there were three petitions on the senatorial election and one for the House of Representatives poll.

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The petitioners in each of the four cases are challenging the declared winners of the National Assembly election, the All Progressives Congress and the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Umar said PDP senatorial candidate for Ekiti South, Biodun Olujimi, and her party and Isaac Agboola of the LP were challenging the victory of the APC candidate, Yemi Adaramodu.

The secretary added that LP senatorial candidate for Ekiti Central, Odunayo Okunade, is challenging the victory of the APC candidate, Opeyemi Bamidele. He said the fourth petition was filed by the PDP candidate for Ekiti North federal constituency II, Samuel Ajayi, and his party against the victory of APC candidate, Akinlayo Kolawole.

 Eight in Adamawa

In Adamawa State, the tribunal said it received eight petitions on the National Assembly election. The tribunal’s secretary, Mrs Elsie Akapabio, in a statement on Friday said six of the petitions were for the House of Representatives while two were for the Senate.

Akapabio said that Magaji Abubakar of the APC was challenging the outcome of the Maiha/Mubi-North Mubi-South federal constituency. The second petition was filed by Yusuf Yakubu of the APC challenging James Barka of PDP and INEC for the Gombi/Hong federal constituency.

Another petition was filed by Ibrahim Usman of the APC, challenging Bassi Inuwa of PDP and INEC for Ganye/Jada/Mayo-Belwa/Toungo federal constituency. Taslim Iya, candidate of Action Alliance, is challenging the state INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner and PDP for Ganye/Jada/Mayo-Belwa/Toungo federal constituency.



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