The Delta State governorship election tribunal sitting in Asaba the state capital has thrown out the petition by the Labour Party and its governorship candidate, Great Ogboru, against the PDP.
The tribunal upheld the election of the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
In its judgement, the tribunal held that the APC could not prove that the governorship poll was characterised by irregularities.
The three-man tribunal’s chairman, Justice Nasiru Gunmi, also said that the Labour Party’s petition lacked merit. He directed the plaintiff to pay fines of 50,000 naira to each of the respondents.
The first respondent in the case is the Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa while the second and third respondents are the PDP and the electoral commission, INEC.
The Delta State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has commenced sitting in Asaba, the state capital to rule on the petition filed by Mr O’tega Emerhor.
The Justice Nasir Gunmi-led tribunal is going through petitions, defence statements and evidences presented in the court since the inception of the tribunal for both the Labour Party candidate, Great Ogboru and APC’s Emerhor.
The petitioners are asking the tribunal to nullify the polls and are calling for fresh elections.
Mr Emerhor, who contested on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), had challenged the declaration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Ifeanyi Okowa, as the winner of the 2015 governorship poll in Delta State by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Reports coming in from the state’s capital said that policemen have been deployed to the Delta State Multi-Door Courthouse (DSMDC) in Asaba, venue of the judgment of the governorship election petition tribunal.
At the last sitting on October 13 where both parties adopted written addresses, Justice Gunmi promised to communicate the judgment date, which must be before October 28, to the parties through the tribunal secretary.