Andy Uba, 10 others challenge Soludo’s victory

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No fewer than 11 cabdydarsz in the November 6, 2021 Anambra State governorship election have challenged the declaration of Prof. Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance as the winner.

They include Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress; Prince Adam Ume-Ezeoke of the Action Democratic Party; Dr. Godwin Maduka of Accord Party.

They filed their petitions at the Anambra State Governorship Ejection Petitions Tribunal 48 hours to the deadline.

Despite President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration that the election was free, fair and credible, Uba decided to proceed to the tribunal.

He is seeking a declaration that he won a majority of valid votes cast in the election.

For his part, Ume-Ezeoke is calling due the nullification of the election on the grounds that the Bi-Modal Accreditation Verification System (BVAS) is not in the Electoral Act and the malfunctioning ultimately disenfranchised over 90 percent of the registered voters.

Maduka, and his party called for the nullification of the election over alleged irregularities.

Other political parties which filed petitions included the United Patriots which called for the nullification of the election on the grounds that it was wrongfully excluded from the ballot.

Others are the Green Party and the Action People’s Party (APP) among others.

However, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate Mr. Valentine Ozigbo and the candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) Sen Ifeanyi Uba who came second and third respectively did not petition the tribunal.

Meanwhile, the three tribunal judges have yet to arrive in Anambra State.

With the filling of the petitions, Secretary of the tribunal, Mr, Surajo Gusau, said the judges are being expected in the state capital, Awka, soon.

He debunked the fears that the judges would be sitting in Abuja.

In his reaction, the Special Adviser to Governor Willie Obiano on Political Matters, Mr. Ifeatu Obiokoye, said that APGA is ready for the petitions.

He said in an interview: “we shall take it as it comes and we are not losing sleep over those petitions and do not lose sight of the game plan of a particular party and petitioner by sponsoring some lesser political parties to go to tribunal and later withdraw from the suits and collapse into their benefactors at the end of the day.

“Our party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance won the election and we are prepared to defend our mandate at the tribunal."