By Dave Okpogadie, Asaba
The Elections Petition Tribunal Panel 1 Delta State, presided over by Justice A.M Abubakar has dismissed a petition brought by Chinye Nnabundo (APC) against the Independent Electoral Commission, (INEC), PDP and Hon. Emeka Nwobi.
Chinye Nnabundo who contested the House of Assembly election under the APC platform in the March 9, 2019 elections to represent Aniocha North constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly, had dragged INEC and, Hon. Emeka Nwobi and his party (PDP) to the tribunal, in a petition with suit No: EPT/DT/SHA/2019.
Chinye Nnabundo, the petitioner, represented by Lawal Habeeb Esq. had complained that the election was not conducted in substantial compliance with the provisions of electoral 2019 as amended.
He raised other issues indicating that the election was marred by electoral fraud ranging from over voting to rigging and other acts.
He urged the tribunal to do justice to the petition by cancelling the election or in the alternative, declare him the winner having scored the highest number of valid votes cast.
Challenging the petitioner, John Okoriko, and Joe Odibeli with others who represented PDP, Emeka Nwobi and INEC, urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition, saying the petitioner has not been able to discharge the burden of proof placed on him to substantiate his claims and allegations.
Ruling, the tribunal presided over by Justice A.M Abubakar dismissed the petition saying the petitioner has not been able to prove his case.
At Panel III presided over by Justice E.I Ngene, the tribunal dismissed the petition brought by Isioma Ndah of the APC against Hon. Shedrack Rapu of the PDP for her inability to prove her case of electoral irregularities in the elections.
Isioma Ndah of the APC had contested against Hon. Shedrack Rapu of the PDP in the March 9, 2019 House of Assembly election to represent Oshimili South constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly.