OrderPaperToday – The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Delta State has dismissed a petition to unseat the Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.
Evelyn Oboro of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had filed a petition against the election declaring Senator Omo-Agege winner. She cited election irregularities.
Chairman of the panel, Justice A. M Abubakar, in his judgement which lasted for four hours on Saturday, upheld Omo-Agege’s victory during the election of Delta Central senatorial district.
According to Abubakar, Oboro’s petition lacks merit.
In his reaction, the Deputy President of the Senate, expressed gratitude to his constituents and Nigerians for their “unwavering support has ensured undisputable electoral and judicial support.”
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yomi Odunuga, he restated commitment in offering selfless service towards the betterment of his constituency and the nation as a whole.
He said: “While many have emphatically maintained that the suit was unnecessary in view of the thousands of votes in his favour and an unwavering support for his reelection as Senator representing the Delta Central Senatorial District, Senator Omo-Agege has appealed for continued unity of purpose towards ensuring positive impact on the lives of the people who voted for him to ensure qualitative representation at the Senate.
He continued: “With the determined support of his constituents, transparent election victory was achieved and it is no surprise that Saturday’s unanimous judgment by the election petition tribunal sitting in Asaba was that the resounding electoral victory be upheld.
“We must restate the fact that the petition to the Tribunal by the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate was a needless distraction and a waste of the Tribunal’s time going by the fact that the petitioner was defeated in her polling unit, ward and even local government area by Senator Omo-Agege.
“With the monumental support of his people at the grassroots and the thousands of votes’ gap legitimately recorded during the Senatorial elections, the outcome couldn’t have been different.”
The Senator also urged all his constituents to forgive “all unjustified accusations of the past and embrace his call for unity of purpose as much needs to be done towards the realization of his vision for genuine change and development.”