Sen. Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressives Party has begun his defence at the Anambra Elections Petitions Tribunal sitting in Awka. Ubah’s victory is being contested by Sen. Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress and his younger brother, Chief Chris Uba of the Peoples Democratic Party in consolidated petitions marked EPT/AN/SEN/09/2019 and EPT/AN/SEN/11/2019 respectively.
Ubah presented a total of eight witnesses, four for each petition on Wednesday, to testify on the validity of his victory at the February 23 Senatorial election for Anambra South District. Chuma Ogunjiofor and George Igbokwe SAN, were counsel to Sen. Andy Uba and Chris respectively, while Dee Nwigwe SAN stood for Ifeanyi Ubah in both petitions. During cross-examination by Igbokwe, Mr Chukwuma Uba, who worked as YPP collation agent for Nnewi North Local Government Area, said the election was free and orderly.
He said that he signed the council election result for his party alongside other party agents. The party agent said the voters’ register and card reader were used in the election and that there was neither inducement nor intimidation of electoral officials, adding that agents signed the result voluntarily. When confronted with an exhibit of voters register, the witness confirmed to the tribunal that his name was not ticked as having voted.
He also acknowledged discrepancies spotted in the number of the accredited voters, card reader reports and number of votes cast. He, however, blamed the discrepancies on INEC and told the tribunal that no vote was awarded or donated to his principal.