The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the 2019 Delta South Senatorial election, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan says the Election Petitions Tribunal which nullified the victory of Senator James Manager, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, should have declared him winner since it ruled in his favour that Manager was fraudulently awarded votes that allowed INEC declare him winner of the February 23 vote.
Uduaghan, the immediate past Governor of the oil-rich state, said he would seek justice at the Court of Appeal.
The Justice C.O Onyeaba-led Delta South Senatorial Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Asaba had Saturday in its judgment established that there was substantial non-compliance with INEC electoral guidelines in some parts of Delta South Senatorial District and connivance among security agencies, staff of INEC and agents of the PDP to massively cause over voting in favour of Senator Manager.
The tribunal subsequently directed INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return from Manager and conduct a rerun within 90 days.
The petitions tribunal had also upheld the victory of Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (APC) in Delta Central Senatorial election and Senator Peter Nwaoboshi (PDP) in the Delta North Senatorial election.
Uduaghan in a statement by his spokesman following the ruling said, “While we are happy with the tribunal’s judgment which affirmed my party’s position that the election was rigged and characterized with electoral over voting, we are not entirely satisfied with the judgment as the tribunal ought to have deducted the excess illegal votes and declared me and my party rightful winner of the election.
“In view of this, we shall be challenging the tribunal’s judgment at the Appeal Court to declare us as the outright winner of the February 23rd, 2019 National Assembly Election for Delta South Senatorial District.”
Uduaghan in the statement thanked the good people of Delta South and supporters who had been waiting for the outcome of this judgment and dedicated the victory to the people of Delta South, assuring of victory at the Court of Appeal.