WHO IS WHO: Jubilation as senator Adeola, Ubah, Uche Ekwunife emerges victorious at tribunal


Some senators whose polls were validated by the National Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal in various parts of the country on Monday and Tuesday have expressed joy that they were vindicated at the end of the tedious legal battles.

Senators Ifeanyi Ubah, Solomon Adeola and Uche Ekwunife in separate reactions to the tribunal verdict on Tuesday in Abuja,  also expressed gratitude to God and commended their constituents for standing by them throughout the period.

However, a source close to the Chief Whip of the Senate,  Orji Uzor Kalu, told our correspondent on condition of anonymity on Tuesday that the Senator had directed his team of legal experts to appeal the verdict.

In his reaction, Adeola (APC, Lagos West) who is the Chairman,  Senate Committee on Finance, described the judgement as,  yet another validation of the mandate of the people of Lagos West for him to continue his representation in the Red Chamber of the National Assembly.

He said, “I want to thank all my constituents for believing in me and dedicate this victory at the tribunal to them wholly. Their faith in me has been further validated by the judiciary who rightly shied away from upturning the Democratic wishes of the people of Lagos West on spurious petition,” the senator stated.

Adeola promised to continue to effectively represent the people of Lagos West adding that in a few weeks time he will undertake his first Next Level Town Hall Meeting and Empowerment of constituents as is his usual practice.

In his reaction, Ubah said he dedicated his victory to God, his wife, children, party, various stakeholders and sponsors who always believed in his cause

He said, “I thank you all for believing in my capacity to represent you at the Senate Chambers. My priority will always be to work for the betterment of public interest through robust, effective and detailed legislation and oversight to ensure that my people derive the dividends of democracy.

“This is a victory for my teeming supporters, including leaders, stakeholders, men, women and our dear youths whose mandate has been authenticated by the Elections Petition Tribunal judges.”

Ekwunife, on her part,  pledged to do her best at the federal parliament to improve the lots of her constituents.

But Kalu, whose election was nullified,  urged the people of Abia North not to lose hope, even as he assured them that his mandate would be re-claimed at the Court of Appeal.

He admonished members and stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress to remain strong, steadfast and law-abiding.

Kalu pledged not to relent in sustaining his goodwill at the grassroots.