THE National Assembly Election Tribunal sitting in Enugu State has annulled the election of Gilbert Nnaji, a lawmaker, representing Enugu East Senatorial District. The panel held that the conduct of the election did not comply with the 2010 Electoral Act.
The judgement was given in favour of Chimaroke Nnamani, former governor of the state, who contested on the platform of the People for Democratic Change, PDC, against Nnaji of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The Tribunal held that although the respondent claimed to have used incident forms in place of card readers, there was no evidence to support such claims. It, therefore, held that there were much cancellations, mutilations and alterations to justify a fresh election.
According to Justice Mathew Aderawa, who delivered the judgement: “The first respondent while trying to deny that irregularities marred the election, exposed more mutilations of results in polling stations where he won. Ballot papers were not accounted for, which affected the outcome of the result. Irregularities occurred in the six local government areas that constitute the senatorial district.
“Sufficient evidence was laid before this tribunal showing that the first respondent inflated results while deflating the petitioners’ result. These irregularities and noncompliance were substantial to mar the outcome of the election. The petitioner has proven beyond reasonable doubt that the election did not comply with the provisions of the electoral act 2010. Based on the foregoing, we hereby void the election and order a fresh election.”
— Oct 12, 2015 @ 18:35 GMT