Enugu Tribunal Invalidates PDP Win, Demands Rerun in Nkanu East. In a significant turn of events, the National and State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal, based in Enugu State, has taken a decisive step regarding the outcome of the March 18 House of Assembly poll for Nkanu East constituency. The tribunal nullified the victory of Hon. Okey Mbah, the candidate from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who had been previously declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The ruling, delivered on Friday by a three-man panel led by Honourable Justice Adie Attoe Onyebueke, declared the election inconclusive due to violations of the 2022 Electoral Act. The tribunal’s decision came in response to a petition filed by the Labour Party candidate, Surv. Okwudiri Nnaji, who contested the legitimacy of Hon. Okey Mbah’s victory.
The tribunal’s judgment pointed out a significant discrepancy in the electoral process. It was noted that the number of votes cast exceeded the total number of registered and accredited voters in specific polling units within Ugbawka and Owo wards. This irregularity raised questions about the fairness and accuracy of the election results. Consequently, the tribunal found fault with INEC’s declaration of Hon. Okey Mbah as the winner and ordered a rerun in the affected polling units.
The decision carries substantial implications for the political landscape in the Nkanu East constituency. With the nullification of Hon. Okey Mbah’s victory, the seat representing the constituency in the State Assembly now hangs in the balance. The tribunal’s order for a rerun election in the specified polling units within 90 days adds a layer of anticipation to the political scenario, as both the PDP and the Labour Party prepare to once again vie for the support of the constituents.
This ruling underscores the importance of upholding the integrity of the electoral process, ensuring that the principles of fairness, transparency, and accuracy are maintained. As the constituency braces itself for the upcoming rerun election, political parties, candidates, and voters alike will be closely watching, with the outcome carrying the potential to reshape the political dynamics in Nkanu East.
Enugu Tribunal Invalidates PDP Win, Demands Rerun in Nkanu East”