The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin, Edo State , Nigeria has nullified the April, 2007 governorship election in Delta state, and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct fresh election within 90 days. Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, was declared winner of delta state governorship election amidst great challenge by his opponents.
Great Ovedje Ogboru, who was the governorship candidate of Democratic Peoples Party, had also challenged the election of Uduaghan on the grounds of irregularities. But the tribunal sitting in Asaba refused his petition.
The DPP candidate had filed an appeal against the judgment of the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Delta state.
He had called for forensic experts from London to ascertain his claims of gross irregularities that had marred the April, 2007 gubernatorial election in Delta state.
Mr. Peter Okocha, the governorship candidate of the Action Congress in the April 14, 2007 poll in state had also challenged the declaration of Uduaghan of the Peoples Democratic Party by the Independent Electoral Commission at the tribunal.
He had claimed that he was excluded from the election and prayed the tribunal to nullify the poll and compel INEC to conduct a fresh election.