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Uba vs Ubah: What happened at Tribunal on Thursday

Senator Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) has begun his defense in the Electoral Petitions Court of Anambra, sitting in Awka.

Ubah’s victory is being challenged by Senator Andy Uba of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and his younger brother, Chief Chris Uba of the People Democratic Party (PDP), in consolidated petitions marked EPT / AN / SEN / 09 / 2019 and EPT / AN / SEN / 11/2019 respectively.

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NAN reports that Ubah presented a total of eight witnesses on Thursday, four for each petition on Wednesday, to testify about the validity of his victory in the February 23 senatorial elections for the Southern District of Anambra.

Chuma Ogunjiofor and George Igbokwe SAN, were advisers to Senator Andy Uba and Chris respectively, while Dee Nwigwe SAN represented Ifeanyi Ubah in both petitions.

During Igbokwe’s interrogation, Chukwuma Uba, who worked as a YPP collection agent for the Nnewi North local government area, said the election was free and orderly.

He said he signed the outcome of the council elections for his party along with other party agents.

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The party agent said the voter registration and card reader were used in the elections, and there was no incentive or intimidation of the election officials, adding that the agents signed the result voluntarily.

When faced with a voter registration exhibition, the witness confirmed to the Court that his name was not marked for having voted.

He also recognized the discrepancies detected in the number of accredited voters, card reader reports and the number of votes cast.

However, he blamed the discrepancies on INEC and told the Court that no vote was given or donated to its director.

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Also testifying, Okey Onuzuluike, who worked as a YPP collection agent for the Ekwusigo Local Government Area, said the council was quiet on election day.

Onuzuluike, who identified his name and signature as a YPP agent in the outcome of the council, confirmed the name and trademark of the PDP agent in one of the results presented.

But he told the Court that he did not know who signed for PDP is another result for the same local government.

When he also faced discrepancies in the total number of accredited voters, the card reader’s report and the number of votes cast, the witness said the figures were small, and he could not see them because he had an eye problem.

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Igbokwe offered the witness his glasses, but he refused and pointed out that his vision problems were not the same.

Judge Thelma Okara told the defense to present all her remaining witnesses on the next postponed date for the closure of all cases, as the Court was limited over time. The matter was settled by August 10 for the conclusion of the hearing.

GISTOK had reported that a witness last week told the Court that voter registration was not used in some voting units in the South Orumba local government area of ​​the South Anambra Senate elections during the poll of February 23.

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The witness, Mr. Bright Nebedum, said he worked as a PDP local government agent for Orumba South and noted that there were problems in the outcome of the local government due to inconsistencies.

The witness, who had previously identified reports from smart card readers, voter registration, neighborhood and local government results that he deposited in his affidavit, said the election lacked substantial compliance.