The victory of the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, has been challenged as 11 political parties and their candidates filed petitions at the Anambra governorship election petition tribunal.


The political parties filed their last-minute petitions between Monday and Tuesday as against expectations in some quarters that it would be a walkover for the Governor-elect.


Secretary of the tribunal, Barr Surajo Gusau disclosed that Sen Andy Uba of the All Progressive Congress (APC) is calling for a declaration that he won a majority of the valid votes cast in the election.


The Action Democratic Party (ADP) and its candidate, Prince Adam Ume-Ezeoke, in their petition prayed the tribunal for 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.

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Also, the candidate of the Accord (A), Dr. Godwin Maduka, and his party called for the nullification of the election on the ground of irregularities.


Other parties include the United Patriots, which petitioned the tribunal on the grounds of wrongful exclusion of the party name from the ballot calling for the nullification of the election as well as the Green Party and the Action People’s Party (APP) among others.


It was gathered that the three-man panel of Tribunal Judges is expected to arrive in Anambra State soon.


Meanwhile, Special Adviser to Gov Wille Obiano on Political Matters, Barr Ifeatu Obiokoye said, “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,” he added.

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