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Tribunal upholds Uzodinma’s election

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The Imo State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Abuja has affirmed the election of Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as Imo state governor for the second term.

In two unanimous judgments on Friday, the three-member tribunal struck out the petition by the Labour Party (LP) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and their candidates in the off cycle election held on November 11, 2023.

PDP and LP had, in their petitions, raised allegations of non-compliance with relevant provisions of the Electoral Act and malpractices.

There was also the allegation of Uzodimma’s qualification, based on claim that his General Certificate of Education (GCE) results were forged.

Also in their petitions, they prayed the court to void Uzodimma’s election on the grounds that he did not score the majority of lawful votes cast in the election.

However, in the lead judgment in the petition by the LP, read by Justice Oluyemi Akintan-Osadebay, the tribunal held that Uzodimma’s election as Imo State governor complied with the provisions of the Electoral Act.

The tribunal equally held that the petitioner failed to prove their allegations of over-voting and non-compliance to the Electoral Act as required.

In the judgment in the petition by the PDP and its candidate, the tribunal equally found that the petitioners failed to discharge the burden of proof imposed in them by the law.

The tribunal held that the petitioners failed to prove that Uzodinma submitted forged certificate, and that the election violated the Electoral Act.

It proceeded to dismiss both petitions for lacking in merit.

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