Elections Petition Tribunal affirms Ike Ekweremadu’s victory

Ike Ekweremadu

The National Assembly/State Houses of Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Enugu, on Monday delivered its judgement on a petition against the election of Senator Ike Ekweremadu representing Enugu West Senatorial Zone.

The three-man tribunal, in a judgement that lasted for over three hours, held that the former Deputy Senate President was elected with lawful valid votes cast during the February 23, 2019 elections.

Ekweremadu’s election was challenged by Barr. Mrs. Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Ibekaku-Nwagwu, a former aide to President Muhammadu Buhari had after the election, approached the Tribunal, alleging that Ekweremadu was not elected by majority of lawful votes cast during the election.

She further claimed that the election was invalid by virtue of non-compliance with the Electoral Act and the INEC guidelines, adding that the said non-compliance substantially affected the conduct of the election, massive thumb-printing of ballot papers to the advantage of Ekweremadu and his party, the PDP.