The National Assembly Election Tribunal sitting in Awka, Anambra State
has upheld the election of Stella Oduah as the senator representing
Anambra North Senatorial District.
Chairman of the tribunal,
Justice Esther Haruna, in her judgement on Thursday, ruled that Mrs
Oduah, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was validly
elected on February 23.
Candidate of the All Progressives Grand
Alliance (APGA), Chinedu Emeka, had petitioned the tribunal, claiming
that Oduah was not qualified to contest the election because she did not
possess the required academic qualifications.
Emeka, a former
deputy governor of Anambra, also alleged that the former minister was a
member of APGA at the time of the election.
He added that Oduah’s declaration as the winner of the poll was not in harmony with the provisions of the Electoral Act.
Justice Haruna, however, ruled that the petitioner failed to prove his allegations beyond reasonable doubt, Igbere TV reports.
tribunal also upheld the election of the PDP member representing
Anaocha/Dunokofia/Njikoka Federal Constituency, Val Ayika, whose victory
was challenged by APGA’s candidate in the election, Dozie Nwankwo.