The National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Umuahia has upheld the victory of Senator Orji Uzor Kalu ( APC Abia North ) , in the February 25, 2023 polls.
A three man panel led by Justice Samson Paul -Gang in its unanimous ruling on Tuesday dismissed the petition of People’s Democratic Party’s Mao Ohuabunwa and Labour Party’s Nnamdi Iro Orji for lacking merit.
The court while upholding the victory of Kalu of the All Progressives Congress, APC said the election of the former Senate Chief Whip complied with the provisions of the Electoral Act.
The tribunal judges also faulted the arguments of both petitioners that election did not hold in over 120 polling units mainly in Ohafia and Arochukwu local government areas of the zone.
Nnamdi Iro and Ohuabunwa who came second and third respectively, in separate suits, had asked the court to overturn the election of the former Abia governor as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), alleging irregularities.