Tribunal Dismisses SDP Candidate, Confirms PDP as Winner of Election in Rivers
The National and State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Port Harcourt have on Tuesday dismissed the candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Ipalibo George, who was initially the winner of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Asari-Toru constituency 1 in March 9, 2019.
The Tribunal, in the ruling declared candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Tekenari Wellington winner and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue a Certificate of Return to Wellington immediately.
Delivering the judgment on behalf of the panel Justice J. O. Bangboshe revealed that candidate of the PDP proved before the tribunal that he lawfully polled the greater number of votes against the Social Democratic Party’s candidate, George who was initially declared the winner of the election.
Speaking with journalist after the court ruling, Dike Udenna, counsel for Wellington, said the tribunal gave its judgement based on the evidences brought before it.
“Judgment had just been delivered in favour of the petitioner, candidate of the PDP, Tekenari Wellington as the rightful candidate that polled a majority of the lawful votes.
“The court has accordingly declared that INEC issue him (Wellington) a Certificate of Return and be sworn in immediately, after considering all the evidences adduced by the parties. The tribunal came to the conclusion that some of result sheets been relied upon by the 2nd respondent (INEC) were not authentic and did not have signatures, INEC stamps, dates or names of those who purported to be presiding officers in the election.”