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Why Ebonyi LP Abandoned Flagbearer At Tribunal

Posted: Jul 9, 2015 at 6:54 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Uka Felix, Abakaliki


The Labor Party (LP) has withdrawn from the petition filed by, Mr. Edward Nkwegu, the governorship candidate of the party in Ebonyi State because the party was not consulted ahead of the suit.

The tribunal had in its first ruling delivered by the chairman of the

tribunal, Theresa Alabi, ruled that it is unconstitutional for the

governorship candidate of Labour Party, Nkwegu, to bring in 46

additional witnesses from across the 13 local government areas of the

state contrary to earlier six witnesses attached in his petition.

In the second ruling delivered by the presiding judge, Justice E.

Oresajiafor, ruled that the first petitioner did not have the consent

or authority of LP from the beginning to institute the



He cited section 133 (1&137) of the Electoral Act 2010 that the

interested parties participated in the last general election which the first respondent of the PDP won whereas the second respondent of the

LP, Nkwegu did not deny that he did not participate in the election.

Oresajiafor, however, struck out the name of LP from the petition instituted by Edward Nkwegu, stressing that the party (LP) was

not interested in the petition filed by Nkwegu challenging the victory

of the governor, Chief Dave Umahi, in the last general election.

In a reaction, the National Legal Adviser of LP,

Akingbade Oyilaka, appreciated the tribunal for the ruling and for

expunging the name of LP from the petition filed by Edward

Nkwegu challenging the victory of PDP candidate.