Sen. James Manager : Tribunal Nullifies Victory, Orders fresh Election

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The Election of Senator James Manager of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was on Saturday nullified by the Delta State Election Petitions Tribunal (Panel 11)

Senator Manager’s victory was challenged at the court by dissatisfied former Governor of the State Emmanuel Uduaghan of the All Progressive Congress (APC), seeking redress.

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And the tribunal has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a rerun election within the six local government areas of the affected zone in 90 days.

In the petition, Uduaghan claimed over-voting in the district, resulting in huge stuffing of the ballot box and distorted result sheets, which the tribunal warned by video clips, oral and written submissions to prove.

Justice O.O. Onyeabo, who presided over the matter in suit marked EPT/DT/SEN/11/2019, hinged his verdict on the ability of Uduaghan to prove his allegation of over-voting.

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In another judgement, marked suit no. EPT/DT/SEN/01/2019, judgement was given in favour of the Deputy Senate President, Chief Ovie Omo-Agege (APC) against Hon. Evelyn Oboro of the PDP in the Delta Central Senatorial District.

The tribunal ruled that Oboro’s petition was dead on arrival as she could not prove her allegation of irregularities.

Meanwhile, the Delta State Election Petitions Tribunal (β€˜Panel III’) in suit no. EPT/DT/SEN/13/2019, by Senator Peter Nwaoboshi (PDP), judgement was given against Hon. Doris Uboh (APC), a former House of Representatives member.

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Giving judgment on the issue, Justice E. I. Ngene said that INEC was correct to declare Nwaoboshi the winner of the Delta North Senatorial Election, pulling the largest cast of votes, and thus upholding his win.

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He blamed Uboh for failing to demonstrate her allegation that the outcome sheets were over-voted and padded.

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