Omo-Agege, Manager, Ereyitomi victorious at Appeal Court

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By Ebi Perekeme

The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin, the Edo State capital, Monday, Nov. 4, upheld the victory of Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege, representing Delta Central; and Senator James Manager, representing Delta South.

Omo-Agege, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), defeated Evelyn Oboro of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), while Manager of the PDP, defeated Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan of APC.

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The election tribunal in Asaba, the Delta State capital, had ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Manager and conduct a rerun.

Justice Jaro Adamu, who read the judgment of the three-man panel, set aside the verdict of the tribunal for a rerun.

The judge said Uduaghan’s claims were mere allegations which were not adequately substantiated.

The appeal filed by Oboro against Omo-Agege was thrown out for lack of merit.

The appellate court also upheld the election of Thomas Ereyitomi (PDP), representing Warri Federal Constituency in the appeal filed by Daniel Reyenieju of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).