(NEWS INVESTIGATORS) A member of the House of Representatives, Rep. David Zacharia (APC-Kogi), has called on Mr Emmanuel Egwu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to join him to bring dividends of democracy to people of Idah Federal Constituency of Kogi.
Zacharia made the call while reacting to the judgment of a tribunal which upheld his election on Thursday in Abuja.
Egwu contested in the 2019 National Assembly election for the House of Representatives against Zacharia of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and lost.
He challenged the outcome of the election at the tribunal, alleging that the election was marred with violence, snatching of ballot boxes, multiple voting, none use of voter card readers and unlawful vote allocation.
His petition was, however, dismissed by the Chairman, Justice A.O Chijioke for lack of merit.
Chijioke said that the petitioner failed to discharge the burden of prove laid on him as there were not enough evidence to back his claims.
Zacharia said that it was time to work together for the development of the constituency.
”I call on the petitioner to join hands with me to deliver the dividends of democracy. I am satisfied with the judgment and the time it took the tribunal to deliver it,” he said.
The lawmaker dedicated the victory at the tribunal to God Almighty and to the law abiding people of his constituency.
Zacharia currently represents Idah Federal Constituency of Kogi which is made up of Idah, Ibaji, Ofu and Igalamela Odolu Local Government Areas.
Reacting to the judgment Isiaka said that though they are bound by the judgment, they will study it and take further legal actions.
The counsel said he would discuss with the petitioner with a view to appeal the judgment.
On his part, the legal counsel to the accused, Mr Smiala Abbas described the ruling as victory for democracy, for the people of the constituency and for Nigeria in general.