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Election Tribunals: Panic over inconsistent verdicts
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Election Tribunals: Panic over inconsistent verdicts

There is panic in the polity among political parties and politicians as election petition tribunals across the country churn out their verdicts. From next week, tribunals’ judgements on most of

  • PublishedSeptember 17, 2023

There is panic in the polity among political parties and politicians as election petition tribunals across the country churn out their verdicts.

From next week, tribunals’ judgements on most of the 552 petitions challenging the outcome of the February 25 National Assembly, and March 18 Governorship and State Assembly polls will be given.

Given the 180-day timeline provided by the Electoral Act for election petitions to be decided, the tribunals are expected to deliver their verdicts on or before September 22 for National Assembly petitions, and October 11 for governorship petitions.

From the verdicts given so far, no fewer than seven senators and 23 House of Representatives members had their elections nullified. Three of the senators were sacked outright while four of them will face supplementary polls.

In the House of Representatives, 18 members were sacked and there will be seven supplementary polls.

Coming on a day that the Supreme Court dismissed the All Progressives Congress, APC, petition as incompetent and affirmed Governor Peter Mbah’s election as Enugu State governor, panic is heralding the verdicts on account of inconsistencies in the judgments. Mbah contested the Enugu poll on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Among the nullified polls, APC had five, PDP 14, Labour Party, LP 6, and NNPP 2
Conversely, APC gained seven seats, PDP 5, LP 2, and All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA 1

Some of the reasons the tribunals gave for annulling the elections include invalid nomination, forged names, forged certificates, falsification of results, exclusion of results, non-recording of results, and non-conduct of elections in some polling units.

Supreme Court declines to nullify Mbah’s election
The Supreme Court, Friday, declined to nullify the election of Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State.
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