Friday, January 21

Anambra Poll: Strike out my petition, I’m no longer interested – Dr Maduka tells tribunal

By: Awesome Ekene

The Anambra Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Awka on Thursday struck out the petition filed by the candidate of Accord Party, Dr. Godwin Maduka.

The ruling followed a motion of notice by Maduka through his counsel, N.D. Agu to strike out his petition Maduka, citing loss of interest as reason.

It, however, granted the application of All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate Senator Andy Uba and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate Professor Charles Soludo’s prayers to inspect the materials used for the conduct of the November 6 and 9th governorship election.

At the brief sitting of the tribunal on Thursday, Maduka through his counsel, N.D. Agu applied to withdraw the petition.

He also said that he has not served any of the respondents in the suit and prayed the tribunal to strike out the petition since he is no longer interested in continuing with it.

Ruling on the motion, the chairman of the tribunal, Justice D. Mohammed said that since the applicant has withdrawn his petition, the tribunal has no option but to strike out.

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“The application is hereby struck out” Justice Mohammed ruled.

However, the motion exparte of Uba and Soludo for the tribunal to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow them to have access to inspect the materials used in the conduct of November 6th and 9th governorship election in Anambra were granted.

Uba in his motion exparte filed by his lawyer Emeka Okafor prayed for the tribunal to compel INEC to allow him to inspect all the materials used in the conduct of the election including the Certified True Copies (CTC) of results.

He supported his prayer with 15 paragraph affidavit and a written address.

Also, Soludo through his counsel A. Ezeokenwa supported his motion exparte with 18 paragraph affidavit and written address and prayed the tribunal to allow him to inspect all materials used in the conduct of the election including access to CTC of the election results.

Ruling on the Uba’s petition separately, Justice Mohammed said that the tribunal had considered the application and satisfied is hereby ordering INEC to allow him to inspect the materials used in the conduct of the election.

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