OrderPaperToday– The Rivers State National and State Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja today nullified the election of the Speaker of State House of Assembly, Owaji Ibani, and 20 assembly members.

All those affected are members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), substantially decimating the strength of the ruling party in the state in favour of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).

The tribunal which ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct fresh elections, based most of its ruling on irregularities and violence among other electoral malpractices which it said substantially denied compliance with the 2010 Electoral Act.

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According to the APC in Rivers state, the party has the following state constituencies in its kitty: Gokana, Eleme, Obio-Akpor 1 and 2, Etche 2, Opobo/Nkoro, Akuku-Toru 2, Asari Toru 1&2, Bonny, Tai, ONELGA- 1, Degema, and  Ahoada East -1,  Khana-1 and 2, Ikwerre, Phalga-2, and Andoni

Reported Oct. 26 2015

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