Tribunal declares Delta South Senatorial polls inconclusive


The National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Asaba, Delta State, Wednesday, declared the February 25, 2023 National Assembly election held in Delta South Senatorial district inconclusive.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was also ordered conduct supplementary re-run election in the contentious Warri South Local Government Area of the State.

Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Micheal Diden had brought a petition before the tribunal challenging the declaration of the candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Joel Onowakpo-Thomas as winner of the election by INEC.

Diden who challenged the cancellation of election results in Warri South INEC had prayed the tribunal to declare him winner of the polls or alternatively, declare the election inconclusive and order a supplementary rerun election in the council area.

While the the second respondent (Onowakpor-Thomas) alleged diversion of BVAS machines and irregularities in the said local government area, the petitioner said elections were held peacefully in the council area but we’re unlawfully cancelled.

The petitioner also argued that the result of the presidential and Hose of Representatives elections which held simultaneously with that of the Senate, were not cancelled, adding that it was the same process of accreditation and voting that applied for the three elections.

Delivering it’s judgement, the three-member tribunal headed by Justice Cathrine Ogunsola granted the petitioner’s alternate relief.

Ogunsola said the second respondent could not prove that there were irregularities that warranted the cancellation of the election results.


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