Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tribunal affirms Uduaghan Delta re-run polls winner

26 July 2011

Ogboru set to appeal

IT was victory for Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, over his Democratic People’s Party (DPP) opponent, Chief Great Ogboru, as the re-run election petition tribunal in Asaba yesterday declared him winner of the re-run governorship polls held in the state on January 6.

In the judgment, which lasted over three hours, Justice Doris Ogwurike held that contrary to the allegation by Ogboru, election did hold in Warri North, Warri South, Warri South-West, Ethiope West, Isoko South, Patani and Burutu local councils in accordance with the provision of the Amended 2006 Electoral Act.

Going by the result of the January 6 re-run election, Uduaghan had polled 275,253 out of the 450,736 total votes cast to defeat Ogboru who scored 138,244.

According to her, the burden of proof is on Ogboru and his party to prove that there was no election in the contested councils and not Uduaghan and PDP but unfortunately he did it poorly.

In the unanimous judgment, she dismissed Ogboru’s petition

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