By Nnaya Okemini, Umuahia
Within 48 hours of one another, the member representing Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon Uko Nkole has recorded two seperate electoral victories at the judiciary.
The National and State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal (Panel 1) sitting in Umuahia, Abia state capital on Tuesday dismissed a petition filed against his victory in the February 23 National Assemly election.
Mr. Ibe Okwara Osonwa of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APC) had challenged the declaration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate as winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In a unanimous judgement delivered by the Chairman, Justice Adeyinka Adebirigbe, the tribunal dismissed the petition for lack of merit saying the petitioner could not prove his case beyond reasonable doubt.
Thisage recalls that on Sunday, Panel 2 of the tribunal chaired by Justice Cornelius Akintayo dismissed a similar petition filed by the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief Nnamdi Orji against the second-term lawmaker.
Awarding a cost of N200,000.00 in favour of Nkole, the chairman had maintained that the failure of counsel for Orji to prove the allegations of massive irregularities and criminal practices was fatal to the petition.
In his response to the second judgement, Nkole in an exclusive interview described it as a continuation of his struggle to address the challenges facing the constituency and commended the judiciary for the victory.
He said as the representative of both petitioners, he was not only extending the olive branch to them, but also inviting them as his brothers to join hands with him to move the constituency forward “for the good of all.