The National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal in Ebonyi State has on Monday sacked the member representing Ikwo\Ezza South Federal Constituency, Lazarus Ogbee of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
The Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Sika Henry Aprioku also ruled that the opponent, Chinedu Ogar of the All Progressive Congress, (APC) was the winner of the election.
Ogar had gone to court to challenge the results of the election claiming that his votes were erroneously reduced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to the favour of Ogbee.
The court agreed with him and restored over 10,000 votes earlier canceled by INEC in some wards in Ikwo and Onueke Urban in Ezza South.
The final results of the election should be 36,238 votes for the APC as against PDP’s 33,263 votes.
The Tribunal also directed INEC to immediately issue the APC candidate certificate of return and withdraw the one issued earlier to the PDP candidate.
INEC initially declared Ogbee winner of the election conducted on 23rd February 2019.