The National and State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, the Abia State capital has dismissed the petition challenging the victory of Senator Theodore Orji in the February 23, 2019 senatorial election for Abia Central Senatorial District.
The chairman of the tribunal, Justice Adeyinka Adebirigbe, who Tuesday read the unanimous judgement, held that the petitioner, Nkechi Nwaorgu the All Progressives Congress (APC), failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the election of Orji was invalid due to non compliance with the electoral law.
Orji, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), candidate, who was seeking a second term in the Senate, won the election but his foremost rival, Nwaogu was dissatisfied with the outcome, went to the tribunal seeking a nullification of the result.
She had alleged that the election was fraught with irregularities and not in compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.
The tribunal stated that “there is no evidence” to void the result of the 2019 Abia Central senatorial poll as declared by the electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).”
According to the panel, the petitioner could not even bring the proper witnesses to testify for her as only one out of the 19 witnesses she assembled was a polling unit agent while others were supervisors and collation agents.
In his reaction to the tribunal verdict, Orji said that he had always believed in the judiciary as the dispenser of justice and commended the tribunal for its dispassionate verdict
The senator’s media adviser, Mr. Eddie Onuzuruike, said that the judgment has lent credence to the choice made by the good people of Abia North in renewing Orji’s mandate.