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Fear in Abia govt house as tribunal sacks 3 Labour Party Reps members, declares APC, APGA candidates winner, orders re-run in another constituency

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Fear in Abia govt house as tribunal sacks 3 Labour Party Reps members, declares APC, APGA candidates winner, orders re-run in another constituency

There is apprehension in Abia government house as the national assembly election petition tribunal on Monday sacked three Labour Party house of representatives members from Abia state.

The fear is based on the possibility of tribunal sacking the state governor, Alex Otti who won his governorship election on the platform of the Labour Party in the state.

On Monday, the tribunal sacked Ibe Okwara Osonwa, Emeka Nnamani and Munachim Alozie, all house of representatives members of the Labour Party (LP). The tribunal gave the judgment in Umuahia, capital of Abia state.

They were removed after the tribunal agreed with the arguments presented by the petitioners.

Ibe Okwara Osonwa, who represents Arochukwu/ Ohafia Federal Constituency on the platform of LP, was removed from the House by the tribunal, led by Justice Adeyinka Adegberegbe, which ruled that the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Daniel Chimezie Okeke, was able to prove his petition that the election of Osonwa did not comply with the rule of law.

The tribunal, therefore, declared the APC candidate, Daniel Chimezie Okeke as the winner and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Ibe Okwara Osonwa and a fresh one should be given to Okeke of APC.

Also, the member representing Aba North/Aba South Federal Constituency, Emeka Nnamani was sacked from the Green Chambers and Alex Mascot of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) was declared as the winner.

In its ruling, the tribunal agreed with the petition brought before it by Alex Mascot of APGA, where the petitioner raised questions concerning the academic qualifications of Emeka Nnamani.

In Osisioma/Obingwa/Ugwunagbo Federal Constituency, the victory of Munachim Alozie of the Labour Party (LP) was nullified by the election tribunal, which also ordered that a re-run election be conducted by INEC within 90 days.

The tribunal ruled that the margin of victory held by Munachim Alozie was too narrow compared with the number of disenfranchised voters during the February 25 election.

The judgements of the tribunal elicited jubilation in the camp of Daniel Chimezie Okeke at his hometown in Ututu, Arochukwu LGA.

However, Emeka Nnamani and Ibe Okwara Osonwa have told their constituents to remain calm as they will take steps to retain their seats.