The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Andy Uba and those of 10 other parties have filed petitions at the Anambra 2021 Governorship Election Petition Tribunal challenging the declaration of Prof. Charles Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as the winner.
Our correspondent in Awka reports that the political parties filed their petitions on Monday and Tuesday.
Uba is seeking the tribunal to declare him as the winner of the election, claiming to have won majority of the votes cast during the election.
Action Democratic Party (ADP) and its candidate, Prince Adam Ume-Ezeoke, in their petition want the nullification of the election on the grounds that the Bimodal Accreditation Verification System (BVAS) was not in the Electoral Act and that over 90 per cent of the voters were disenfranchised.
On their part, the candidate of Accord Party, Dr Godwin Maduka and the party are calling for the nullification of the election on the ground of irregularities.
Also, the United Patriots which petitioned the tribunal on the grounds of wrongful exclusion of its name from the ballot and want the election nullified.
Green Party and Action Peoples Party (APP), among others, also want cancellation of the election.
It could be recalled that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Mr Valentine Ozigbo and candidate of Young Progressive Party (YPP), Sen. Ifeanyi Uba, had conceded defeat.
The secretary of the tribunal, Barrister Surajo Gusau, said three judges are expected to arrive in Anambra State following the filing of the petitions. He dispelled reports claiming the tribunal would sit in Abuja.
Meanwhile, a Federal High Court in Abuja has refused an application seeking it to nullify the election of Soludo.
Justice Taiwo Taiwo on Wednesday dismissed a suit that sought to invalidate Soludo’s election on the allegation that he supplied false information to INEC.
The suit was filed by Adindu Valentine and Egwudike Chukwuebuka, alleging that Soludo lied in the affidavit (Form EC9), which he submitted to INEC.