Read What Tribunal Ruled in Case Between Victor Umeh And Uche Ekwunife and Adjourned Till 28th July for continue Hearing

The Chairman, Election petition tribunal sitting in Awka, Justice Nahiya Aganaba has dismissed the leave sought by counsel of the petitioner Chief Victor Umeh to further cross-examined the returning officer in Anambra Central senatorial zone election. Dr. Pius Okoye on grounds of ambiguity and alteration alleged to have occurred in the collation results of Oba ward 1 in Idemili North local government area Of Anambra state.
Delivering his ruling, justice Aganaba regarded it as a fresh motion that could be directed to the returning officer of Idemili Local Government area or the Ward collation officer of the March 28h National Assembly election.

Earlier in his the cross examination, counsel to the petitioner, Mr. Patrick Ikwueto (SAN) had sought the leave of the court to impress it on the Dr. Pius Okoye, INEC returning officer for Anambra Central senatorial election to address alleged alteration and ambiguity in the collation results form EC8A1 against what was recorded in INEC form EC8B as evidence to buttress the claims of inflation of figures to favour the 4th respondent being Senator Uche Ekwunife.
In his counter argument to the petitioner’s request, counsel to Senator Uche Ekwunife, Mr. Peter Ezeh had requested the court to limit the examination to parties directly involve in the collation of results and averred that the Anambra central collation officer should be absorbs from answering question which he is not directly connected with.
Justice Aganaba however upheld the leave sought by counsel to the 4th respondent and adjourned till 28th of July for continue hearing of the petition brought before the tribunal by the former All Progressive Grand Alliance  (APGA) National Chairman, Chief Victor Umeh, challenging the March 28th National Assembly election result  that produced Senator Uche Ekwunife as the winner for the Anambra central senatorial zone.


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