OrderPaperToday – The member of the House of Representatives, representing Ikwo\Ezza South Federal Constituency of Ebonyi State, Lazarus Ogbee has been sacked by the election petition tribunal.
The tribunal sitting in Abakaliki, the state capital, sacked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker and asked the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) to issue a certificate of return to his opponent of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chinedu Ogah.
Ogbee who polled 31,296 votes emerged as the winner at the February 23 election while Ogah of the APC polled 27,700 votes, but the tribunal has now declared Ogah who approached the tribunal as the winner of that election.
Justice Sika Henry Aprioku who head the tribunal ruled that the over 8,000 voted earlier cancelled by INEC is illegal, therefore restoring the votes cancelled to bring the APC’s candidate total votes to 36,238.
Reading the judgement, Justice Aprioku said: “It is the first respondent that won the majority of the lawful votes in Ezza south.
“The total number of votes scored by the petitioner(APC) and first respondent(Ogbee) for Ezza south/ Ikwo federal constituency is tabulated as follows; Ezza south LGA APC 8, 311, PDP 17,139. Ikwo LGA APC 27, 927 PDP 16, 127. The total votes for APC is 36, 238 . The total votes for PDP 33, 200 votes.
“It is the petitioner that scored the majority of the lawful votes having scored 36, 238 votes as against the PDP candidate the first respondent who scored 33,200 votes. We entirely agreed with the petitioner that he scored the majority of the lawful votes from our own computation.
“The certificate of return issued to the 1st respondent by the 3rd respondent (INEC) as representing Ezza south/Ikwo federal constituency is hereby withdrawn forthwith and must be issued to the petitioner, Comrade Chinedu Ogah as the winner of the election conducted on the 23rd of February, 2019 to the membership of the House of Representatives to represent Ezza South/Ikwo federal constituency,” the tribunal ruled.