On Saturday, the Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Asaba nullified the election of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) James Manager as the senator representing the South Delta district.
In his judgment, the chairman of the tribunal, Justice O. O. Onyeabo, requested a rerun within 90 days.
Former Gov. Emmanuel Uduaghan, candidate of the All Progressive Party (APC) at the February 2019 elections to the National Assembly, approached the court and asked the court to invalidate the victory of Manager.
In his petition, Mr Uduaghan claimed that the PDP and INEC had extensive electoral malpractice.
In his judgment, Justice Onyeabo instructed INEC to cancel the return certificate granted to Manager.
The chairman the Tribunal said that the defendants could not defend the allegations of over-voting and other irregularities during the elections.
The petitioner listed regions where the electoral irregularities were found to include local government areas of Burutu, Bomadi, Patani, Isoko North, Warri South-West and Warri North.
However, in his response, Larry Selekeowei, counsel to Mr. Manager, said his client was not satisfied with the judgment.
Shortly after the judgment, he informed reporters that they would go back and carefully research the decision before appealing it.
Meanwhile, panel I of the election petitions tribunal, chaired by Justice A. M. Abubakar, confirmed the victory of the Deputy Senate Predident, Ovie Omo-Age (APC) representing the Central Senatorial District of Delta.
In his judgment delivered on Saturday, the chairman of the tribunal declared that the petition submitted by the PDP and its candidate, Evelyn Oboro, was lacking in merit and therefore struck it out.
In her petition, Mrs Oboro had prayed to the tribunal to declare her the winner of the election, citing irregularities in the elections.