By CHINEDU NWAFOR Abakaliki:
The Ebonyi state governorship election petition tribunal yesterday dismissed the petition filed by the All Progressives Congress, APC, and its candidate, Sonni Ogbuoji against the election of Governor David Umahi of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The dismissal followed an application for withdrawal of the petition by petitioner through his counsel Michael Odo at the resumption of hearing on Wednesday.
The counsel to Governor Umahi, Okechukwu Otukwu, did not oppose the request.
Similarly, the People’s Democratic Party and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, did not object to the request.
The Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice A. Abdulkarim was left with no other choice but to strike out the petition.
It also warded cost of N100,000 against the petitioner.
Ogbuoji lost the March 9th governorship election to the incumbent governor David Umahi.
The governor garnered a total of 393,343 votes whereas Ogbuoji got a total of 81703 votes to come a distant second.
But Ogbuoji headed to the Tribunal to challenge the outcome of the election.