Afam Ogene, the representative for Ogbaru Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, had his election victory affirmed by the election petitions tribunal in Awka, the capital of Anambra State. This decision came in response to a petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Chukwuka Onyema, who contested the election but was defeated.
Afam Ogene, who ran for the Ogbaru Federal Constituency seat under the banner of the Labour Party, was declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after a supplementary election in the constituency held on April 15.
The legal challenge by Onyema, who had held three previous tenures of office, was unsuccessful. According to INEC records, Ogene secured 10,851 votes, while the PDP candidate received 10,619 votes. The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, Arinze Awogu, came third with 10,155 votes.
The election in Ogbaru Federal Constituency had initially been declared inconclusive by INEC following the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections.
Following the tribunal’s decision, Afam Ogene expressed his gratitude to God for the victory and the grace to represent his constituents in the House of Representatives. He also thanked the people of Ogbaru for their unwavering support, encouragement, and prayers.
Ogene extended an olive branch to the PDP candidate, urging him to refrain from further legal battles. He emphasized the importance of unity and the need to work for the common good of Ogbaru, regardless of political affiliations.
He stressed that the leadership positions in the Ogbaru Federal Constituency should serve the interests of the people and not be treated as personal estates. Ogene pointed out that while political aspirations and competition are important, they should not lead to division or harm the unity of the community.
In conclusion, he congratulated the people of Ogbaru and commended the judiciary for its judgment, which he noted aligned with the will of the electorate.
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