Tribunal sacks Senator Manager, upholds Omo-Agege’s victory

Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.
Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.

The Election Petitions Tribunal II sitting in Asaba, Delta State on Saturday sacked Senator James Manager of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the Senator representing Delta South Senatorial District at the National Assembly.

In a unanimous judgement which lasted over three hours, the panel cancelled the election and ordered for a fresh election in the district within 90 days.

A former Delta State Governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, had approached the tribunal seeking the panel to declare him winner of the February 23, 2019 election.

Uduaghan’s counsel, Chief Thomson Okpoko (SAN), further prayed the tribunal to nullify the election and order for a fresh election over gross electoral malpractices that trailed the exercise.

The chairman of tribunal panel, Justice O.O Onyeabo ordered that INEC to withdraw certificate of return issued to Senator Manager for a re-run election.

Senator Manager’s lawyer, Mr. Larry Selekeowei (SAN) vowed to appeal the judgement.

Also, the tribunal affirmed the election victory of the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, in the February 23, 2019 polls.

The tribunal declared the petitions filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Evelyn Oboro for the Delta Central Senatorial election as lacking in merit and subsequently dismissed it.

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