From Steph Clem, Umuahia
The governorship election petition tribunal in Abia state has received two separate petitions from two candidates laying claim to the ticket of the All Progressives Grand Alliance.
Dr. Alex Otti who was recognized by INEC and Raegan Ufomba who is also laying claim as the authentic candidate of the party.
Both petitions were filed between Thursday and Friday.
While Chief Ufomba filed his petition on Thursday May 14, Dr. Alex Otti filed his a day after on Friday.
For Chief Ufomba who has chosen Mr. Clement Onwuenweuno as his lead counsel, his prayers include for the tribunal to order for a re-run or swear him in as the governor depending on the outcome of the tribunal since he was validly nominated by the party but unlawfully excluded from the contest by INEC.
On his part, Dr. Alex Otti has approached the tribunal demanding that he be declared winner of the gubernatorial election in Abia state.
According to the legal adviser of Dr. Otti’s campaign organization, Kenneth Ahia, who is a member of the legal team headed by Akin Olujimi, Dr. Otti is also seeking the nullification of five local governments in the governorship election.
He said the grounds of the petition include malpractice and non compliance to the electoral act.
Before the 21- day deadline for submission of petitions at the tribunal on Sunday, May 17, the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate is also expected to file his petition.
The date for the inaugural sitting of the governorship election petition tribunal is expected to be announced soon.