Election Tribunal Sacks Orji Kalu As Senator

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The National and State Assembly election petitions tribunal sitting in Umuahia, Abia State, on Monday nullified the election of Senate Chief Whip, Orji Kalu, in the Senatorial election of Abia North senatorial district.

The Tribunal ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a supplementary election within 90 days in eight wards in Arochukwu Local Government Area and several polling units in Ohafia and Isukwuato LGAs where votes were cancelled.

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The three-man tribunal led by Justice Cornelius Akintayo ordered the supplementary election while giving judgment in a petition brought before it by the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the election, Mao Ohuabunwa, who had challenged Kalu’s victory.

Kalu was declared winner of the election by the returning officer, Dr. Charles Anumudu, which Ohuabunwa described as “excess electoral fraud and broad daylight robbery” and therefore, approached the tribunal to seek justice.

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