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Enugu Gov: Ezea Loses Bid To Unseat Ugwuanyi

Posted: Jun 26, 2015 at 6:20 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


By Emmanuel Nzomiwu Enugu

The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Enugu on Friday, June 26, 2015, struck out the motion brought by Okechukwu Ezea of All Progressives Congress (APC), seeking to amend his petition against the election of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Ruling on the motion brought by Ezea through his counsel, George Ogara, the Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Ahmed Kwajafa, struck out the motion on the grounds that it would introduce new facts in the petition, which were capable of changing the character of the petition.

Kwajafa further struck out some of the paragraphs in the petition on the grounds that they were imprecise and lack clarity, especially allegations of crime made by the petitioner against persons who were not joined as parties in the petition.

Ezea had alleged in the petition that the Police, Army, National Youth Service Corps and election observers were bribed and that they took money to circumvent the obvious irregularities that marred the election.

But, Justice Kwajafa said that since the said persons were not joined as parties in the petition, allegations of crime made against them, offend the principles of fair hearing.

However, on the motion brought by one of the respondent counsels, Justina Offiah (SAN), asking the tribunal to strike out the petition in its entirety on the grounds that the title was improper, Justice Kwajafa ruled that the error in the title is a mere irregularity which is not harmful to the petition.

The tribunal adjourned the matter till July 1 for pre-trial conference.