The Delta State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Asaba, the Delta state on Friday took a final decision on the election of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Eye9ja reports that the election petition tribunal in the state upheld the election of Governor Okowa, declaring him as the authentic winner of the March, 9, 2019 governorship election.
The judgement comes after Great Ogboru, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the opposition party in the state, had in a petition marked EPT/DT/GOV/01/2019, challenged the victory of Okowa at the poll.
Ogboru while alleging that the election was marred with irregularities, over-voting and substantial non-compliance with the electoral act and guidelines, prayed the tribunal to nullify the election and order the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigeria’s electoral umpire to conduct a fresh exercise or declare him winner on the ground that he scored majority of lawful votes cast during that exercise.
In his judgement, chairman of the three-man tribunal, Justice Sulaiman Belgore, dismissed Ogboru’s petition for lack of merit and affirmed Okowa as winner of that exercise.