Election Tribunal Sacks Rivers PDP Senator George Sekibo
The Rivers State National and State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal has sacked Senator representing Rivers East, George Sekibo.
The three-man panel sacked Sekibo, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and declared Chief Andrew Uchendu of the APC as duly elected Senator for Rivers East.
In declaring Chief Uchendu Senator-elect, the Tribunal held that the 1st Respondent (INEC) cannot pick and choose which results to accept in an election that held on the same day.
Recall that the electoral agency had declared Hon Chidi Wihioka and Hon Byke Wanjoku of the APC as duly elected and returned for Ikwerre/Emohua Federal Constituency and Ikwerre State Constituency respectively but failed to declare the results of the Senatorial election which held simultaneously.
The Tribunal wondered why INEC failed to collate the results of the areas mentioned above, especially in Ikwerre and Emuoha LGAs, when it has accepted and collated the results of the House of Representatives election conducted on the same date and time by the same INEC officials in the area.
The Tribunal accepted the responsibility of collating the results of the areas so ignored by INEC and arrived at the total score of 126,160 for Uchendu and APC and 84,000 for Sekibo and PDP.
Tribunal nullified the declaration of Sekibo and ordered INEC to withdraw the certificate of return issued to him.
Tribunal declared Uchendu winner of the Election having scored the highest number of lawful votes cast and ordered INEC to immediately issue him the certificate of returns.