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BREAKING: Tribunal Dismissed Petition Against Eyinaya Abaribe

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BREAKING: Tribunal Dismissed Petition Against Eyinaya Abaribe

The National & State Houses of Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Umuahia has dismissed the petition filed by the senatorial candidate of APGA in Abia South Senatorial District, Chris Nkwonta against the victory of Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe of the People\'s Democratic Party.
In a unanimous Judgement, which was read by a member of the panel, Hon Justice Wasiu Animahun, the Tribunal said some of the grounds the Petitioner relied upon were conflicting, insisting that they should have been consistent with their actions and to be made to ensure that they were correct. 
The Petitioner had alleged that going by the total number of accredited voters by the card reader, the results announced by INEC is higher than what is recorded in the card readers.
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The Court however faulted the decision of the Petitioner to rely on card reader accreditation, and held that the card reader can’t override the provision of the voters register in any election.
On the issue of invalid accreditation and over voting, the court held that the Petitioner failed to present the scores, the one he got and the one presented by INEC to the Tribunal.
The Court held there was a total of 1,091 polling units within the Senatorial District, and maintained that if the figure claimed by the petitioner as “over voting” was removed from the figure which Senator Abaribe was declared winner by INEC,
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he would have still maintained a reasonable margin of lead over the Petitioner with 5,788 votes.
The Petitioners, in their relief had made reference to election conducted in 2015, but the Court held they can’t choose or determine which relief the petitioner is going referring to, as their petition was constantly referring to an election of 2015 while in 2019.
The Court also said there’s no provision for amendment of petitions as it was the duty of the lawyers to write the petition of his clients properly and also read it before bringing them to the Tribunal.
Thirdly, the petition was struck out on the ground that all the ward collation agents cross examined at the Tribunal agreed that their written deposition was based on what they were told, the Court considered them as “hearsay”.
The Court dismissed the petition filed by the APGA senatorial candidate as the petition is lacking in merit.

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