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House of Reps: Rivers Election Tribunal declares PDP candidate winner

The Rivers State Elections Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja, Tuesday, dismissed the petitions filed by two

Rivers state PDP Cairman, Felix Obuah
Rivers state PDP Cairman, Felix Obuah
candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the last general elections.
The two House of Representatives candidates of the APC, namely, Dr Dawari George and Mr Lucky Odili of Asari-Toru/Akuku-Toru Federal Constituency and the Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Federal Constituency respectively, had filed petitions challenging the victory of Hon. Boma Goodhead of Asari-Toru/Akuku-Toru Federal Constituency and Prince Nnam Obi of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Federal Constituency.
The tribunal in dismissing the suits, said the APC had no candidates for the Asari-Toru/Akuku-Toru Federal Constituency and the Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Federal Constituency for breaching some procedural obligations as prescribed in the Electoral Act.
According to the Act, 21 days mandatory notice must be given to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, before the conduct of primaries – a provision the APC flagrantly disobeyed. On that premise, the Tribunal ruled that since the 21 days mandatory notice was not given, the APC did not field candidates in the two constituencies and accordingly dismissed the petitions for lack of locus.
Relying on this, an official of the PDP said, it is apparent that the APC will lose all the cases before the Tribunal since the breach is not peculiar to Dr George and Mr Odili but an offence committed by the party in Rivers State, thus, affecting all candidates who contested on the platform of the APC.

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