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.
As Nigerians prepare for the Governorship and State Assembly elections, an international election observer group, All Nigeria Nationals In the Diaspora (ANNID) has advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to urgently address the issue of card reader failure experienced in some states, in order to have a hitch-free election.
Presenting a preliminary report of the election to journalists in Abuja, the acting Global Chairperson of the group, Dr Justina Obi who identified other anomalies, said the delayed accreditation of voters in some polling centers, negatively affected the electoral process.
The group also appealed to all Nigerians and the International Community to support the President-Elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, in piloting Nigeria to her next level of socio-economic and political advancement.
Governor Tanko Al-makura of Nasarawa state has urged various tribes affected in previous crisis, returning homes ahead of the general elections to live peacefully among themselves.
Governor Al-makura made the call at the facilitation movement of Internally Displaced Persons, urging those going back to their homes in Obi Local Government Area to co-exist without resorting to violence.
The resettlement of the people of Daddare, Tudun Adabu and Obi is part of the governor’s tour of the state to address social issues ahead of the elections.
Governor Al-makura and his All Progressives Campaign campaign team arrived Obi and Daddare towns to commence the resettlement exercise that will facilitate the return of its inhabitants.
The governor, who also presented staff of office to the traditional ruler of the towns, urged the various tribes to co-exist peacefully upon their return, as government has procured relief items to help rebuild their homes and allow for an improved standard of living.
Mr Al-makura listed projects executed by his administration in the area, asking them to give him another chance to do more for the people.
During the rally, people in Awe local government assured the governor that he would get their total support and turn out in the forth coming elections.
The postponement of the elections by six weeks would allow political parties to put finishing touches to their preparation for the election, allowing them to do more campaign and reach out to the rural areas to canvass for votes from the people.
The Nasarawa State Government has scaled up security surveillance around the resettlement areas in four local governments for internally displaced Tiv farmers.
Governor Tanko Al-makura disclosed this at the flag off of the state resettlement programme, following months of fighting between Tiv farmers and Fulani herdsmen.
The Governor, while assuring the fleeing Tiv farmers of their security at the Abaagu resettlement area in Obi Local Government, appealed to them to return home and commence farming activities.
Having being at the receiving end of murderous attacks by the herdsmen, many Tiv farmers in Keana, Obi, Awe and Doma Local Government Areas of Nasarawa State lost their homes and property.
However, courtesy of the State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, foodstuff, beddings, and other necessary household items were assembled at the local government headquarters in Awe and Doma and were personally handed out by the Governor.
Beyond the distribution of relief materials, the Governor also paid a visit to the people in their homes, and offered assurances of their safety.
From Idaadu resettlement camp in Doma to Abaagu resettlement area in Obi Local Government, Governor Al-Makura gave assurances of adequate protection.
He also gave out N2 million each to the affected four Local Government Areas.
Some of the returnees who spoke on the positive impacts of the peace pact with the herdsmen and the resettlement exercise were grateful to the State Government and expressed optimism that peace would return to their communities.
Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has charged the newly elected local government chairmen in the state to be accountable to the people that elected them.
Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony of the chairmen, Governor Al-Makura said his administration will give the chairmen free hands to run their councils.
Al-Makura said his administration was determined to entrench good governance rooted in prudence and effective management of resources.
He tasked the new council chairmen to strive to provide dividends of democracy to the electorates and urged them to see their assignment as a divine calling for which they would give account hereafter, and advised them to be fair to everyone.
The governor challenged the officials to work toward improving internally generated revenue of their councils so as to have more funds for project execution.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Henry Omaku, Chairman, Doma Local Government Council, promised that the new officials would strive to improve on the living standard of their people.
On Sunday, the Nasarawa State Independent Election Commission released results for ten local government areas and declared election inconclusive in three local government areas including Akwanga, Obi and Nasarawa following irregularities.
The Commissioner of police, Nasarawa state command, Mr Umar Shehu has debunked claims that 50 NYSC members serving in Nasarawa state lost their lives as a result of the ethnic clashes in the state.
Although the ethnic violence between the outlawed Ombatse militia of Eggon and the Alago people of Obi local government spreads from Aduba through Obi to Assakio, he assured that youth corps members serving in these areas are under security protection.
Mr Shehu disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the efforts made by security operatives to contain the crisis.
The fresh crisis erupted following the killing of an Eggon man by the Alago group, which led to reprisal attacks yesterday.
The violence between the two ethnic groups began 24 hours ago, with hundreds of houses set ablaze which the police said did not claim any lives.
Mr Umar said that security personnel have contained the crisis in Aduba and Obi local government and 8 additional units of mobile police officers from Benue and Plateau states, are expected in the state before nightfall.
The commissioner also disclosed that detachments of military officers have been drafted in to contain the spate of violence.
Meanwhile, Deputy Governor of the state, Mr Damichi Luka condemned what he described as “unwarranted attack on innocent people” across the state and urged the groups to cease hostilities in the interest of peace.
Benue State Independent Electoral Commission (BSIEC) on Sunday declared the result of last Saturday’s local council polls with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) clinching 15 chairmanship seats out of the 23 councils in the state.
The councils won by the PDP include: Ohimini, Otukpo, Ushongu, Tarka, Buruku, Logo, Ado, Gwer-East, Gwer- West, Agatu, Konshisha, Ohimini, Okpokwu, Obi and Oju LGA.
But the BSIEC chief, Prof. Philip Ahire, told reporters in his office that results of the remaining eight local council areas were still being awaited adding that a comprehensive results of all the local council areas including councillorship would be collated and announced soon.