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A total of 11 political parties and their candidates on Wednesday filed petitions at the Anambra governorship election petition tribunal.
The parties and their candidates are challenging the declaration of the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Prof. Chukwuma Soludo as the winner of the poll by INEC.
The Eastern Updates gathered that the petitioners were able to beat the deadline for the expiration of the 21 days stipulated by the Electoral Act for the filing of petitions against the outcome of the Anambra state gubernatorial elections.
The political parties, between Monday and Tuesday, made the last-minute filing of their petitions as even as expectations in some quarters that it would be a walkover for the Governor-elect continues to rise.
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Secretary of the tribunal, Barr Surajo Gusau disclosed to our correspondent the candidates and political parties who have filed petitions.
Among the parties are; Sen Andy Uba of the All Progressive Congress (APC) who is calling for a declaration that he won a majority of the valid votes cast in the said election.
The Action Democratic Party (ADP) and its candidate, Prince Adam Ume-Ezeoke, in their petition prayed the tribunal for the nullification of the election on the grounds that the Bi-Modal Accreditation Verification System (BVAS) is not in the Electoral Act and the malfunctioning ultimately disenfranchised over 90 percent of the registered voters.
Also, the candidate of the Accord (A), Dr. Godwin Maduka, and his party called for the nullification of the election on the ground of irregularities.
Other parties include the United Patriots, which petitioned the tribunal on the grounds of wrongful exclusion of the party name from the ballot calling for the nullification of the election as well as the Green Party and the Action People’s Party (APP) among others.
The Eastern Updates reports that the three-man panel of Tribunal Judges is expected to arrive in Anambra State soon.
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