From Nnaya Okemini, Umuahia
The National/State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal (Panel 2), sitting in Umuahia has affirmed the victory of Uko Nkole, the member representing Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency in the National Assembly.
The Sunday morning judgment followed a petition filed by Nnamdi Orji of the All Progressive Congress (APC) against the victorious second term Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2019 general election.
Delivering the unanimous judgment in the Abia state capital, the chairman of the tribunal, Justice Cornelius Akintayo dismissed the petition, awarding a N200,000.00 cost against the petitioner in favour of the respondent.
Speaking to journalists shortly after in the capital, Nkole commended the tribunal for “a job well done” insisting that the judgment has proved the judiciary as the best and last hope of the oppressed.
“I dedicate the victory to God, the good people of Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal constituency, my family and the entire constituents for their love, support and the confidence they reposed in me,” he said.
He also reassured the constituents of “my continuous effective representation and therefore call on all including my friends and political opponents to join hands with me to take the constituency to a more enviable height.”
According to his counsel, Gideon Ejemai, while reacting to the judgment, the judges exhibited a high sense of erudition in dissecting the arguments by both parties in respect of the matter.