Mixed bag of spectacular wins, shocking losses at National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal

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  • Oshiomhole triumphs over Alimikhena in Edo North
  • Olujimi loses to Adaramodu in Ekiti
  • Ganduje’s son suffers setback in Kano

BY NSEOBONG OKON-EKONG

The outcomes of some cases at the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal in various states have recorded an assortment of both positive and negative reports.

The Immediate past governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole retained his seat as the senator representing Edo North Senatorial District.

The three-man tribunal sitting in Benin City, led by Justice O.A. Chuioke, dismissed the petition filed by a former Senator, Francis Alimikhena of the People’s Democratic Party for lack of merit. Oshiomhole of the All Progressives Congress is the Senate Committee Chairman on Interior.

The tribunal also upheld the election of Ihonvbere Julius of the APC, representing Owan Federal Constituency.

The tribunal dismissed the petition filed by Jimoh Iruokhaime and PDP, against the INEC declaration of Ihonvbere as winner of the Owan Federal Constituency.

The APC family in Imo State is celebrating victories against opposition political parties at the Election Petition Tribunal.

Senator Osita Izunaso, Senate committee chairman on Capital Market won in a case brought against his election to represent Imo West (Orlu Zone) by Charles Ahize of the Labour Party.

In the case of Orlu/Orsu/Oru-East Federal Constituency, Chief Kingsley Onyegbule (Kinseoul) of the PDP lost his attempt to dislodge APC’s Canice Moore Nwachukwu (Omeogo) at the Tribunal.

This time around, Biodun Olujimi of the PDP, a former deputy governor of Ekiti State who got the tribunal to sack Dayo Adeyeye in the aftermath of the 2019 national elections could not repeat the feat.

Her case against Yemi Adaramodu, chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs was dismissed.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared Adaramodu the winner of the poll with 77,621 votes, while the opposition PDP candidate and former Senate Minority Leader, Biodun Olujimi polled a total of 53,741 votes.

It has not been good news all the way for the APC. In Kano State, the elections petition tribunal dismissed the petition filed by Abba Ganduje, the son of former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and current National Chairman of the APC for lack of merit and ordered him to pay N200, 000 each to the respondents, Tijjani Abdulkadir Jobe of the New Nigeria Peoples Party and the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The court dismissed the petition by Ganduje of the APC challenging the victory of NNPP’s Tijjani Abdulkadir Jobe in the Rimin Gado/Dawakin Tofa/Tofa House of Representatives election.

The APC has been given another chance to prove that Jibrin Isah representing Kogi East deserves to continue his tenure in the senate.

The Kogi East Senatorial Election Tribunal sitting in Lokoja cancelled the election in 94 polling units in the district.

Consequently, the chairman of the Tribunal, Justice K.A. Orjiako, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct a supplementary election in the affected 94 polling units in the district.

Isah is better known as Echocho is the Senate Committee Chairman on Customs, Excise and Tariffs. The rerun will be contested between Isah of the ruling APC and Victor Adoji, candidate of the PDP.

The tribunal ordered INEC to “conduct a supplementary election in the affected polling units where election did not hold or was cancelled in order to determine the winner.”