The Delta State Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Asaba, the state capital, has upheld the April 11 victory of Governor Patrick Okowa of the Peoples Democratic Party, consequently eliminating the hope of another opposition party victory in the South-South.
The Labour Party and its gubernatorial candidate, Mr. Great Ogboru, have been challenging the victory of Governor Okowa since INEC declared the governor of the oil-rich state winner of the election, alleging widespread irregularities and non-compliance with electoral law.
Justice Nasir Gunmi, who led the three-man tribunal, handed down the ruling amidst allegations that Okowa had allegedly infiltrated the panel through the state’s Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umokoro, who allegedly paid out about N3B in bribes to the judges.
The report, which was published by Sahara Reporters, quoted a security operative as claiming “that the compromised tribunal members agreed to deliver favorable judgments validating all elections in which candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were declared winners.”
The judgment, which is coming after several tribunal setbacks for the PDP, is expect to give the party a significant relief.
Various security departments have reportedly intensified security presence across the state to forestall any outbreak of violence.