Senator Uche Ekwunife, representing Anambra Central Senatorial zone, has been declared winner of the March 28 Senatorial Election by the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Awka, Anambra State.
Justice Naiyi Aganaba, who read the over 2-hour judgment held that the petitioners, Victor Umeh of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and APGA failed to establish their case which they hinged on alleged mutilations and incorrect figures from which INEC declared Senator Ekwunife winner of the senatorial election.
The court also struck out the relief sought by Mr Umeh, urging the court to declare him winner on the grounds that he got the highest number of lawful votes cast.
Concluding the judgment, Justice Aganaba ruled that the petitioners failed to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt as to have the election nullified and insisted that it lacked merit.
Senator Uche Ekwunife, reacting to her victory, commended the judiciary for restoring hope, once again, to the common man and said that the judgment was a reflection of the wishes of the people.
Earlier, the tribunal had nullified the result of the PDP candidate for Anaocha/Dunukofia/Njikoka Federal Constituency, Prince Emeka Eze and declared the APGA candidate, Mr Dozie Nwankwo, winner of the House of Representatives election.
Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano, has inaugurated the State Youth Agricultural Training Programme with 250 youths in the first phase.
The governor who reiterated his commitment to continue improving agricultural development in the state noted that the training will help provide the needed manpower that will drive the ongoing revolution in the agricultural sector, which will in turn boost food sufficiency, improve the economic value of the state and attract more investors into the state.
Similarly, the governor also commissioned additional school blocks constructed in two schools in Okpuno and Amawbia to meet the accommodation challenges of the schools.
Addressing the trainees and other participants in the event, the governor promised that youths would be properly empowered to become self-reliant and contribute in achieving the vision of the state in agricultural area of food sufficiency, economic value improvement and attraction of investors.
He also announced the donation of two buses to the center as well as assured them of a new structure to provide adequate accommodation for the trainees.
The governor and his entourage proceeded to Okpuno in Awka South local government area, where he commissioned at Okochi Migrant Farmers Basic School a new school block of nine classrooms, with administrative office and library.
The governor also announced that the state government would build 50 new migrant schools across the state to bring education closer to people and give every child access to functional and quality education.
At Okochi Migrant Farmers Basic School, he directed the Ministry of Education to ensure immediate provision of water and toilet facilities in the school.
The governor rounded off the day’s activities at Community Secondary School, Amawbia, where he commissioned two school blocks of five classrooms each with white chalk boards.