Election Petition Tribunal Dismisses Case Against Kalu

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The petition brought by John Azubuike and his party, AA, was dismissed by the Election Petitions Tribunal, Umuahia, yesterday after the petitioners in petition No. EPT/AB/SEN/1/2023: John Azubuike & ANOR v. INEC & 2 ORS submitted a motion for withdrawal of the suit.

To win re-election to the upper legislative chamber of the national assembly, Kalu had defeated Labour Party (LP) candidate Nnamdi Orji and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Mao Ohuabunwa in the presidential and national assembly elections held on February 25.

The petition was against the election and return of Orji Uzor Kalu as senator-elect for Abia North. The petition was struck out by the Tribunal after hearing counsel for the petitioners , Kalu Kalu Agu and counsels for the 2nd and 3rd Respondents, Udo Uduma and Victor Etie respectively.

In response, Udo Uduma commended the petitioners for their nobility in conceding defeat and congratulating the legitimate winner of the election, and called upon Sen Mao Ohuabunwa of PDP and Mr Nnamdi Orji of Labour Party to toe the path of honour , concede defeat ,and congratulate Senator Orji Uzor Kalu who was duly elected and returned by INEC.