Ebonyi state National/state Assembly election petition tribunal sitting in Abakaliki, has affirmed that the Speaker of Ebonyi state House Assembly, Hon Francis Nwifuru was duly elected.
Nwifuru is a member representing Izzi West constituency of the state.
The tribunal dismissed the petition filed by Hon Godwin Nwakpuma of the Labour party challenging the election of the Speaker who was elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, in the April, 11, election.
In a judgment delivered by the chairman of the 3-man panel, Mr Joel Agya, the tribunal held that the petitioner failed to prove the allegation of corrupt practices which he claimed marred the election.
The tribunal held that the petitioner Mr Nwakpuma could not satisfy the provisions of the extant laws, as allegations of irregularities and non compliance with the electoral act were not substantiated.
Justice Agya pointed out that non of the witnesses called by the petitioner was able to lead the evidences tendered before the tribunal to any case of fraud during the election.
The tribunal also struck out some paragraphs of the petition for being vague and nebulous, and affirmed the election of Chief Nwifuru.
The judgment came few days after Speaker Nwifuru traveled with Governor David Umahi to Israel for Pilgrimage.
Reacting to the ruling, the deputy speaker of the Assembly, Hon Odefa Obasi Odefa commended the tribunal for strengthening the principles of democracy, describing the ruling as a victory for democracy.
In a related development, the tribunal also affirmed the election of Hon Julius Nwokpor of the PDP representing Ishielu south state constituency as the winner of the election conducted in the 11th of April 2015.

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