October 12, 2015
Mr. Gilbert Nnaji's election into the National Senate as the senator representing Enugu East was annulled today by National Assembly Election Tribunal led by Mr. Justice M. O. Adewara.
Mr. Nnaji of the People's Democratic Party (PDP)was previously declared as the winner of the April election that was marred by irregularity in which Nnaji was purported to have scored 69,544 votes against Senator Chimaraoke Nnamani's 57,528.
The announcement of the cancellation heralded jubilation in Enugu state based on the fact that the people felt that they were cheated of their votes by massive rigging perpetuated by Nnaji in collusion with the past Enugu state administration.
The election tribunal concluded that the April 2015 election was not conducted within the requirements of the 2010 electoral act.
According to Justice Adewara, “The first respondent while trying to deny that irregularities marred the election, exposed more mutilations of results in polling stations where he won. Ballot papers were not accounted for, which affected the outcome of the result. Irregularities occurred in the six Local Government Areas that constitute the senatorial district.
“Sufficient evidence was laid before this tribunal showing that the first respondent inflated results while deflating the petitioners’ result. These irregularities and non compliance were substantial to mar the outcome of the election. The petitioner has proven beyond reasonable doubt that the election did not comply with the provisions of the electoral act 2010.
“Based on the foregoing, we hereby void the election and order a fresh election.”
The new election is expected to be conducted within ninety days by the Independent National Electoral Commission.