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Published On: Sun, Sep 22nd, 2019

Okowa Vs Ogboru: Delta APC To Appeal Tribunal Verdict

LAGOS SEPTEMBER 22ND (URHOBOTODAY)-Following the verdict of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Asaba which affirmed the election of Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa for a second term and subsequent dismissal of the petition by the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Great Ogboru, the State chapter of APC has disclosed plans to actualize its mandate via an Appeal.
In a press statement the party expressed displeasure at the decision of the tribunal, which it described as joy killer for Deltans who wished for liberation from the PDP government, adding that, its exploring every available legal option to embark on an appeal of the judgment.
The content of the statement, signed by the party’s State Publicity Secretary Ogheneluemu Sylvester Imonina, Esq., reads below;
“All Progressives Congress, Delta State, received with surprise, the judgement delivered by the Delta State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, on the 20th day of September, 2019.
“The Party knows that Deltans and indeed, members of APC family in Delta State expected a total liberation of the State from the shackles and political hegemony holding the State down for two decades now, but the unexpected happened yesterday, thereby slowing down their crave for the liberation of Delta State at this point in time.
“The Party as a law abiding political entity, though felt pained by the judgement, believes all hope is not lost, as it shall follow the due process of law in achieving its goal/target, as the Nigerian Constitution and the Electoral Act provide the necessary remedy.
“The Party calls on all well-meaning Deltans and members of our Party to exercise some patience. Consultations are ongoing as to the next/best step to follow in respect of the judgement. That is, exploring every available legal option(s)/an appeal of the said judgement to the Appellate Court. The Party is of the firm belief that Deltans shall have course to smile again.”
It could be recalled that, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Great Ogboru had in a petition marked EPT/DT/GOV/01/2019, challenged the reelection of Ifeanyi Okowa of the Peoples Democratic Party who was declared the winner of the March 9, 2019 election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Ogboru in his petition has alleged that the governorship election in the state was marred by massive rigging and electoral irregularities, and that places where election took place he won and should therefore be declared winner having scored the highest number of lawful votes cast.

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  1. All hope not yet lost. there is always hope for the living. No one should ask Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru to step down or challenge that setback ruling at the court of appeal.The issue of okowa extending his useless olive branch to chief Ogboru is an insult. Ogboru should also know that some of his enemies are also in his new party, the APC. They moved from the PDP to join the APC. They joined the APC to cover themselves,but not to work for him to become the governor of the state. They had once frustrated all his efforts while they were with the PDP. If truly they wanted to support and work for the APC, to produce the next governor of the state, what stops them from producing the same results they produced while in the PDP when chief Great Ogboru was challenging them in the race to become the next governor of the state. They are in the APC to track all his plans and movements, but never to support his plans and dreams of becoming the next gonernor of thie great state. Ogboru will surely get his mandate this time around. Bless you!

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