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Senator Degi-Eremienyo wins Izagara of PDP Again -Bayelsa Election Petitions Tribunal

  The renowned Senator representing Bayelsa East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Senator (Bishop) Biobarakuma W. Degi-Eremienyo has again defeated the unpopular candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Bayelsa Election Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Abuja.
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Senator (Bishop) Biobarakuma W. Degi-Eremienyo 
    Senator Degi-Eremienyo the unanimous choice of the people according to the tribunal ruling on Friday, dismissed the petition filed by Eluan Izagara of the PDP, challenging the election of Senator Degi Wangagra for the Bayelsa East Senatorial District.
    Izagara and his party, PDP challenged the choice of Sen. Degi Wangagra as the winner of the election.
Eluan Izagara of the PDP

   Joined in the petition are Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as first respondent and the All Progressives Congress (APC) as second respondent.
   The petitioner, through his counsel, Olaniran Obele alleged that the election for Bayelsa East which comprises of Ogbia, Nembe and Brass Local Government Areas were marred with violence.
   In addition, he alleged that there was non voting in 104 polling units of the district, which meant Wangagra was not duly elected by majority of votes cast.
   Another ground for which the petition was instituted was on the allegation of falsification of results in the polling units that voting took place.
   Izagara therefore sought the tribunal to declare that Wangagra was not duly elected.
   He equally sought the declaration of the tribunal to set aside the election that produced the senator as duly elected and declare him as the validly elected winner.
   The petitioner further sought for an order of the tribunal directed INEC to issue him a certificate of return as the winner of the said election.
   Delivering the judgment, the three man panel headed by Justice Kenneth Wosu said that though the petitioners presented 33 witnesses to prove the allegation of disenfranchisement in 104 polling units, there was contrary evidence.
   He noted that, during the cross examination, the petitioner’s witnesses who were shown the voters register identified their names as ticked which signified that they voted.
   Wosu further held that the petitioner also failed to prove the allegation of violence during the election as non of the petitioner’s witnesses made direct accusations on the respondents.
   On the allegation of falsification of result, the judge equally dismissed it on grounds that the petitioners ought to have tendered two sets of results, the falsified one and the genuine one to prove their case.
   He said by doing so, the petitioners would have been able to prove an evidence of non compliance with electoral act.
   He concluded by saying “we find and hold that all allegations against the respondents is resolved in favour of the respondents and against the petitioners.

   This petition is therefore accordingly dismissed.”
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Senator (Bishop) Biobarakuma W. Degi-Eremienyo, displaying his INEC Certificate of Return.

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