By Omon-Julius Onabu in Asaba
*Okowa offers Ogboru, Emerhor olive branch
The objective of Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru, the Delta State governorship candidate of the Labour Party in the last election, to become Governor through the intervention of the courts failed to materialize on Monday as his petition against the victory of Dr Ifeanyi Okowa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was dismissed by the tribunal.
The tribunal also dismissed the petition of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), O’tega Emerhor, challenging the declaration of Okowa as Governor by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for lack of merit.
The tribunal noted that Emerhor’s petition was bound to fail ab initio and accordingly dismissed it.
The tribunal also awarded costs of N50 each against each of the two petitioners.
In a judgement that lasted for 3hrs 10 mins (three hours and ten minutes) the chairman of the tribunal, Justice Nasiru Gunmi, said that Ogboru’s petition lacked merit.
The reading of the final ruling on the LP petition on Monday began at about 9:55 and lasted until about 1:06pm when Justice gave his final pronouncement on the case.
Gunmi said that the petitioners did not prove grounds of their claims and the petition, saying, “the petition is hereby dismissed with a cost of N50,000 (fifty thousand naira) each”.
While the more than three hours ruling progressed, thousands of people gathered at the Cenotaph, an events centre beside the High Court in Asaba, venue of the final ruling on the petitions.
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