The Election Petition Tribunal in Ebonyi State on Wednesday struck out the petition filed by the All Progressives Congress, APC, and its governorship candidate, Sonni Ogbuoji, against the election of Governor David Umahi.
The court ruling followed the motion for withdrawal of the petition by Ogbuoji’s counsel, Michael Odo, at the resumption of hearing on Wednesday.
The counsel to Governor Umahi, Okechukwu Otukwu did not oppose the motion.
Also the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, did not object to the motion.
The Tribunal chaired by Justice A. Abdulkarim went ahead to strike out the petition.
It also awarded cost of N100,000 to the 1st Respondent.
It will be recalled that Ogbuoji lost the March 9th governorship election to the incumbent governor, David Umahi of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
The governor garnered a total of 393,343 votes cast across the 13 local governments in the state.
Ogbuoji of the All Progressive Congress (APC) got a total of 81703 votes cast to place a distant second.
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