Enugu Tribunal Nullifies Labour Party’s Federal Lawmaker’s Election
In a significant legal development, the election petition tribunal in Enugu State has ruled to nullify the election of Prof Paul Nnamchi, a representative of the Labour Party in the Enugu East/Isi-Uzo Federal Constituency. The tribunal has instead declared Prince Cornelius Nnaji from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the rightful winner of the contested seat.
This decision stems from a complaint lodged by Prince Cornelius Nnaji, who contested the Independent National Electoral Commission’s declaration of Prof Paul Nnamchi as the election victor. The tribunal, in a unanimous decision, upheld the petitioner’s argument that Prof Paul Nnamchi was not duly sponsored by the Labour Party, rendering him ineligible to participate in the election.
This tribunal ruling not only demonstrates the importance of adherence to electoral rules and regulations but also highlights the significance of legal processes in upholding the integrity of the democratic system. It reaffirms the principle that candidates must meet all eligibility criteria to compete in an election and that electoral disputes will be thoroughly examined and resolved by the judiciary to ensure fairness and justice in the electoral process.