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Tribunal Nullifies Election Of Enugu Senator, Nnaji

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The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Enugu State has nullified the election of a senator representing Enugu East Senatorial District, Gilbert Nnaji.

The senator who was elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP was sacked by the tribunal on Monday.

Presiding on the matter, Justice Mathew Aderawa, held that the conduct of the election did not comply with the 2010 Electoral Act.

Aderawa said, “The first respondent, while trying to deny that irregularities marred the election, exposed more mutilations of results in polling stations where he won.

“Ballot papers were not accounted for, which affected the outcome of the result. Irregularities occurred in the six Local Government Areas that constitute the senatorial district.

“Sufficient evidence was laid before this tribunal, showing that the first respondent inflated results, while deflating the petitioner’s result.

“These irregularities and noncompliance were substantial to mar the outcome of the election. The petitioner has proven beyond reasonable doubt that the election did not comply with the provisions of the electoral act 2010.

“Based on the foregoing, we hereby void the election and order a fresh election,” said the judge.

The three-man tribunal delivered the judgment in favour of a former governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani, of the People for Democratic Change, PDC, who had challenged Mr. Nnaji’s victory.