APC demands nullification of Anambra South Assembly election

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked the Anambra Election Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Awka, to nullify the election of the winner of state assembly election for Idemili South constituency, Mr Chukwuka Ezenwune of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)

Ezenwune was declared winner of the March 9 state assembly election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He polled 10,710 votes against second-placed Frank Okigbo of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who scored 4,071, while Orakwe emerged third with 3,210 votes.

In a petition by the APC candidate in the election, Mr Bona Orakwe, marked EPT/AN/SHA/35/2019, he observed that the APGA candidate did not score the highest number of lawful votes to be declared winner.

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The petitioner contended that the APGA candidate did not score lawful majority votes cast in the election and therefore should not have been returned as winner

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Orakwe said the election was marred with irregularities and substantial non-compliance to the Electoral Act, which affected the result declared by INEC.

He insisted that he scored the highest number of lawful votes cast and should be declared the winners or in the alternative nullify the election and order for fresh poll.

Joined as respondents in the case were APGA, INEC, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) and Returning Officer for the local government area.

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