Great Ogboru still after Okowa, goes to tribunal


* As Court sacks Nwaoboshi

By Kasarachi Azuka, Asaba

Great Ogboru now in the All Progressives Congress (APC) is being mentioned as the man with the most enduring fight for governorship in recent history. He began by challenging James Ibori and Uduaghan. Now, it is the turn of Dr Ifeanyi Okowa to receive the fire.

Ogboru seems unrelenting in his quest to unseat the incumbent governor of the state and the governor-elect, Dr Okowa,  of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Ogboru has dragged Okowa to the elections petitions tribunal sitting in Asaba, challenging his victory at the just concluded gubernatorial elections in the state.

Governor Okowa polled a total of 925,274 votes to defeat Ogboru who scored 215,938. While Okowa won in 23 out of the 25 LGAs of the state, Ogboru won in only two LGAs. But Ogboru and his APC rejected the result saying it was not the true reflection of what was on ground.

The tribunal told newsmen in Asaba that it has received a total of 51 petitions arising from the 2019 National Assembly, Governorship and State House of Assembly elections.

The Tribunal Secretary, Ahmed Gusau, a barrister, said one petition was filed against the state governor-elect,  Ifeanyi Okowa, by Great Ogboru of the APC who was his major opponent in the election. He disclosed that four petitions were filed for the senatorial

election, two against Senator James Manager of the PDP, one against Senator Ovie Omo-Agege of the APC and one against Senator Peter Nwaoboshi.

The Tribunal Secretary added that nine petitions were filed for the House of Representatives election, while thirty seven came from House of Assembly candidates against the winners of the election.

Meanwhile, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday, sacked Peter Nwaoboshi, the senator-elect for Delta North Senatorial District.

The presiding judge, Ahmed Mohammed gave the order while delivering judgment in a suit filed by Ned Nwoko of PDP challenging the election of Nwaoboshi as the candidate of the PDP in the Oct. 2, 2018 primaries of the party held in Delta.

Mohammed held that Nwaoboshi, a serving senator, was not the duly elected candidate of the PDP in the primary election.

The court ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to publish the name of Nwoko as PDP candidate, having established before the court that he scored the highest number of votes in the said primary election.

The court also barred Nwaoboshi from parading himself as the candidate

of the PDP for the senatorial zone.