Hey there, middle schoolers! Big news coming your way! The Abia State election petition tribunal, which is like a special court, just made a decision. They said “no” to three things that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wanted. The PDP candidate, Okey Ahaiwe, was hoping that the tribunal would remove Governor Alex Otti from his position. But the tribunal said that Ahaiwe’s case didn’t have enough good reasons to do that.
Ahaiwe was not happy with the election results. He thought that Otti shouldn’t have been declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Ahaiwe’s lawyer, Paul Ananaba, said that Otti’s victory didn’t follow the rules of the Electoral Act. Ahaiwe wanted the tribunal to say that he should be the winner instead.
Well, the tribunal didn’t agree with Ahaiwe. They said that his requests didn’t have enough good reasons. So, they dismissed his case. This means that Governor Otti gets to keep his position as the governor of Abia State.
When the news came out, Otti’s supporters were overjoyed! They came from all over the state and celebrated outside the Federal High Court complex. They danced and cheered because their candidate won.
But wait, there’s more! The tribunal is still dealing with another case. This time, it’s Ikechi Emenike from the All Progressives Congress (APC) who is challenging Otti’s victory. Emenike says that Otti didn’t quit the APC before joining the Labour Party (LP), and that his name wasn’t even on the LP’s register when he ran for election. So, the tribunal will have to decide if Emenike’s claims are true or not.