USAfrica BrkNEWS: Abia Tribunal strikes out Otti’s petition against Ikpeazu
The Abia State elections tribunal has announced, a few minutes ago on Tuesday November 3, 2015 in Umuahia, its ruling and decision to dismiss the case brought by APGA’s Dr. Alex Otti, immediate past chief executive officer of Diamond Bank, challenging the declaration of PDP’s Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu as Governor of Abia State by the INEC Abia since the April 2015 election.
Otti’s battery of lawyers alongside several Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), according to USAfrica correspondent at the Umuahia tribunal proceedings, requested the tribunal that based on what they presented as evidences of alleged rigging of votes, inflation of numbers and falsification of results far in excess of actually registered voters and PVCs in some constituencies, the tribunal should void Ikpeazu’s claim to have been duly elected as Governor.
On the other hand, the Ikpeazu camp insists that their client who had the backing of the immediate former Governor of the State Theodore Orji has valid claims to be affirmed as the actual winner of the disputed elections — which I covered in Abia State.
The entry of the final/closing arguments by the Otti and Ikpeazu lawyers were made on Monday October 19, 2015. Supporters of Otti in Abia are wondering: what next? It seems, USAfrica has learned,, that the judicial merit of the tribunal’s basis for dismissing the petition will be litigated at the federal Court of Appeal . By Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica and first African-owned, U.S-based professional newspaper published on the internet. chido@USAfricaonline.com Follow me @Chido247