The National Election Tribunal in Enugu on Wednesday, has dismissed the petition filed by Senator Chimaroke Nnamani, the former Governor of Enugu State from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). This petition challenged the election of Senator Kelvin Chukwu from the Labour Party.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Senator Chukwu the winner of the Enugu East Senatorial district election. He had replaced his late brother, who was tragically murdered during the campaign leading up to the February 25, 2023, election. Chukwu secured over 69,000 votes, defeating Chimaroke Nnamani, who received approximately 49,000 votes.
Dissatisfied with the results, Nnamani alleged that the election was marred by issues such as over-voting, irregularities, election malpractices, and non-compliance with electoral guidelines. He submitted a petition to the tribunal, seeking either a declaration of his victory in the election or the cancellation of the election.
In its ruling today, the three-member tribunal, led by Justice Nusirat I. Umar, unanimously upheld Chukwu’s victory and imposed a cost of N500,000 against the petitioners in favour of the three respondents: Kelvin Chukwu, the Labour Party, and INEC.
The three honourable Justices collectively dismissed the petition, citing its vagueness, lack of merit, incompetence, generality, and academic nature.
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