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Anambra Central Senatorial Election (LIVE UPDATES): 14 parties battle

Posted 1 wk ago
After over two years of legal battles, Anambra Central Senatorial zone is set to get a representative in the red chamber of the National Assembly as a fresh election ordered by the court holds today.
The zone has been without a representative since 2015 when the Court of Appeal sacked Uche Ekwunife who was declared winner of the election conducted during the 2015 general elections.
The candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, Victor Umeh, had gone to court to challenge the election of Ms. Ekwunife who contested under the banner of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Ms. Ekwunife’s election was upheld in October 2015 by the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Awka, Anambra State.
Justice Naiyi Aganaba while reading the verdict of the tribunal in October said Victor Umeh failed to establish his case that Ms. Ekwunife was wrongly declared the winner of the March 28 election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
But the Court of Appeal ruled that election of Ms. Ekwunife did not meet the provision of the Electoral Act.
Despite the court’s order that elections be conducted within 90 days, INEC did not conduct fresh elections till now citing various litigations pending in various courts.
The electoral commission has said 14 candidates would participate in the re-run election which will hold in Awka North, Awka South, Idemili North, Idemili South, Anaocha, Njikoka and Dunukofia local government areas.
According to INEC a total of 7,670 ad-hoc workers would conduct the election in 1,548 polling units.
However, the main opposition party in the country, Peoples Democratic Party, will not be taking part in the election as ordered by the Appeal Court.
The leading candidate in today’s election is APGA’s Victor Umeh who has seen his popularity sour following the victory of Governor Willie Obiano in last year’s governorship election in the state.
Mr. Umeh, a former National Chairman of APGA, was the Director General of Mr. Obiano’s campaign organisation for the election.
The removal of the PDP from the ballot paper is also an added advantage to Mr. Umeh as he now has one less major challenger for the seat.

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