The Abia State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, sitting in Umuahia, Tuesday, dismissed the petition of defeated All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) governorship candidate, Dr Alex Otti as it upheld that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won the April 11, 2015 governorship election in the state.
Otti had sought the nullification of the election of Ikpeazu on the grounds that the gubernatorial election was marred by irregularities and malpractice.
In his written address as adopted, the petitioner is claiming that election did not take place in the three local governments of Obingwa, Osisioma and Isiala Ngwa North – all strongholds of Dr Ikpeazu.
Otti, therefore, prayed the Justice Bwalla-led tribunal to cancel results from the three local governments and declare him winner or alternatively order a re-run in those councils.
Ikpeazu and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), however, dismissed the claims and requests, urging the tribunal to dismiss the case for lack of merit.
The tribunal dismissed Otti’s petition, saying he had failed to prove his claims.