Abia: Group Vows To Challenge Tribunal Judgement Upholding Orji’s Senatorial Election

Abia: Group Vows To Challenge Tribunal Judgement Upholding Orji’s Senatorial Election

A coalition from Abia North Senatorial District of Abia State known as Friends of Democracy (FD) on Monday rejected the tribunal judgment on the Abia North Senatorial election, which upheld the declaration of Orji Uzor Kalu as the winner of the 2023 Senatorial Election.

The national coordinator, Okafor Azubuike,  in a statement on Monday warned against perversion of justice.

The group said the decision of the Tribunal is not only questionable but sad because the court has been in the eyes of the storm for many inconsistencies despite clearly established precedence.

It wondered why a court would order a rerun in Eti Osa Local Government of Lagos State where the winning margin was 4,000 and with the total registered voters less than 21,000 where elections did not hold and ignore that of Abia North.

This, it noted is a clear case of behind-the-scenes negotiations that must not be allowed to stand.

Nnamdi Iro Orji, the candidate of the Labour Party, Kalu’s closest challenger rejected the Tribunal judgement and has vowed to reclaim the people’s mandate by appealing to the higher court.

Azubuike explained that, “We witnessed the election in Abia North for the senatorial election. We deployed men to monitor it. The election to every lover of democracy and truth was inconclusive.

“The court cannot order a rerun in Eti-Osa Local Government of Lagos State where the winning margin was 4,000 and with total registered voters less than 21,000 where elections did not hold and ignore that in Abia North. It’s a clear case of behind-the-scenes negotiation that must not be allowed to stand.

“We call on all people in Abia North not to lose hope but to be confident that their will ultimately triumph when the court of appeal sits to consider the merit of the case.

“The beneficiary of this injustice who is celebrating should not celebrate yet because the will of the people must be respected and will triumph in the end.”

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