Tribunal Sacks LP’s Rep in Enugu Constituency

The National Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal sitting in Enugu on Tuesday sacked the lawmaker representing Udi/Ezeagu Federal Constituency of Enugu State, Sunday Umeha.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Umeha of the Labour Party as the winner of the February 25 election ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Dr. Festus Uzor.

Uzor, however, challenged the outcome of the election over alleged fraud in the exercise.

He also told the panel that Umeha did not properly resign from the PDP before he picked the LP ticket.

In its ruling, the three-member panel led by Justice A.M. Abubakar agreed with the petitioner that the respondent did not properly resign from the PDP before he was nominated as the LP candidate in the constituency.

Abubakar, who read the judgement, held that the resignation letter tendered by Umeha was signed by someone that was no longer a leader of PDP.

The panel, thereafter, directed INEC to issue a fresh certificate of return to Uzor as the duly elected lawmaker in the constituency.