By Sylvanus Okpe
The National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, on Monday, sacked the member representing Ikwo\Ezza South Federal Constituency, Hon. Lazarus Ogbee.
Ogbee who ran on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP was declared the winner of the election conducted on 23rd February 2019 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Justice Sika Henry Aprioku led tribunal consequently declared his opponent and plaintiff in the matter, Chinedu Ogar of the All Progressive Congress, (APC) as the winner of the election.
Ogar had approached the court to challenge the results of the election claiming that his votes were erroneously reduced by INEC to favour PDP’s Ogbee.
The tribunal adopted his submissions and restored the votes cancelled in over 10,000 wards earlier revoked by INEC in some wards Ikwo and in Onueke Urban in Ezza South.
With the addition of the reinstated votes, the final results of the election should be 36,238 votes for the APC as against PDP’s 33,263 votes.
The Tribunal also directed INEC to immediately issue the APC candidate certificate of return and withdraw the one issued earlier to the PDP candidate.