By David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka
The senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial Zone has denied that he indulged in any form of malpractice to win his election into the Senate in January this year.
The senator, who was in court,Â FridayÂ for cross examination dismissed the claim that the election was rigged in his favour, noting that the election was a walk over for him as he defeated his opponents overwhelmingly.
Umeh said the election was peaceful and no security threats or invasions were registered anywhere in all the seven local government areas where the election took place.
A candidate of the Mega Progressive Peoples Party (MPPP), Mr. Nkem Ekweozor, in theÂ January 13Â Anambra senatorial rerun election had challenged Umeh’s election.
Ekweozor, during cross examination yesterday said Sen. Victor Umeh screened himself to emerge candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in 2014, when he was still the national chairman of the party.
He argued that Umeh was still the chairman of the party at the time he secured nomination to run for senate in 2014, and that this was in violation of APGA constitution and Electoral Act, thus making his nomination invalid.
The election in contention was originally conducted in 2015 and won by Mrs. Uche Ekwunife but was nullified following the petition of Chief Umeh.
The rerun, which was on the basis of the original nomination barred the Peoples Democratic Party and was won by Umeh with a wide margin.
In his response Umeh said he was not a member the screening committee which was properly constituted according to APGA guidelines and constitution.
He listed Mr. Tayo Sowunmi and Mr. Ifeanyi Mbaeri as chairman and secretary of the screening committee but told the court that he could not remember the name of the third member.
Chairman of the tribunal who adjourned the matter toÂ 12th JulyÂ for adoption of addresses, had asked the parties to file their written addresses.