• Appeal Court annuls PDP senator’s election in Delta

COURT of Appeal sitting in
Benin-City, Edo State, on Saturday,
annulled the election of Chief
Ighoyota Amori, candidate of
the Peoples Democratic Party,
PDP, and declared Obariri Ovie
Omo-Agege of Labour Party as
the winner of the Delta Central
senatorial election.
The court annulled Amori’s
victory as declared by the
Independent National Electoral
Commission, INEC.
The judgement came barely four days after the Court of Appeal
dismissed the petition filed by the
candidate of the All Progressives
Congress, APC, Halims Agoda,
over the senatorial election result.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that
tension has gripped the camp
of Amori, a one-time Education
Commissioner in Delta State.
Dismissing Agoda’s appeal
earlier in the week in an
unanimous judgment, Justice H.
Barka held that the use of manual
accreditation was legal, adding
that card readers were meant to
complement manual accreditation.
He said over voting could only
be said to have taken place if the
number of votes cast was more
than what was in the voters
register and “not card readers.”
The judge also dismissed the
APC candidate’s claims of election
violence and argument that the
conduct of the election by INEC
did not substantially comply with
the provision of the Electoral Act.
Meanwhile, the victory dance
on Saturday night shifted to the
camp of Omo-Agege, a onetime
Secretary to the Delta State
Government, SSG, and chieftain of the PDP until his defection to
Labour Party before the general
With the victory of Omo-
Agege, the number of PDP
senators in Delta State has been
reduced from three to two, that
is, Senator James Manager,
representing Delta South
and Peter Nwaoboshi, who
represents Delta North district.

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