The bid by Delta State governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, to have his tenure extended to 2015 yesterday suffered a setback as the judge of the Federal High Court, Asaba, Ibrahim Buba, dismissed his application.
The Delta State governor was sworn in on January 10, 2011 after his victory at the rerun election held on January 6, 2011 in compliance with the judgment of the Election Appeal court sitting in Benin City.
His victory in the 2007 elections was, last year, annulled by a federal appeals court, which then ordered a rerun election.
But Mr. Uduaghan and the state chapter of the PDP had, as soon an Abuja Federal High Court ruled that the tenure of some five governors should start from the date of their second swearing in, approached the Asaba court for interpretation on his tenure which commenced on the day that the president assented to the newly amended constitution and electoral act.
While dismissing the suit, Mr. Buba said: “For the fact that the new electoral law was signed into law before the governor’s inauguration, the law has taken precedence over the rerun. As such, gubernatorial election in Delta State stands and will definitely hold by April 2011.”