Breaking: Tribunal sacks Ogun APC Rep, orders rerun within 90 days

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Breaking: Tribunal sacks Ogun APC Rep, orders rerun within 90 days

The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, on Monday, September 9, nullified the election of Kolapo Korede Osunsanya, representing Ijebu Central federal constituency in the House of Representatives on the platform of the APC.

The tribunal also ordered a rerun election in three wards within 90 days, Daily Sun reports.

The Ijebu Central federal constituency consists of three local government areas namely Ijebu Ode, Ijebu North East and Odogbolu.

The Hon Justice Wakkil Alkali Gana-led election petition tribunal canceled elections in Ward 5, Unit 5 in Ijebu Ode LGA, Ward 10, Unit 3 in Odogbolu LGA and the entire Ward 8 in Ijebu NorthEast LGA in the constituency.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Taiwo Shote, had filed a petition challenging Osunsanya’s declaration as winner of the election declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the February 23, 2019, election.

The tribunal in its judgement ordered that since the margin of lead and difference between the petitioner and 1st respondent was less than 4,000 and the total number of canceled votes was 8,800, the INEC ought not to have declared Osunsanya as the winner of the election in line with the provisions of the Electoral Act.

Breaking: Tribunal sacks Ogun APC Rep, orders rerun within 90 days

It further held that the electoral commission should have declared the election inconclusive and held a rerun in the affected wards and polling units.

Consequently, the tribunal declared that Osunsanya was not duly elected and nullified the Certificate of Return issued to him by INEC and ordered that a rerun should be conducted within 90 days.

Reacting to the judgment, the PDP candidate described it as a victory for the rule of law.

“I am very delighted at the judgment just delivered. I am happy that justice has been served. Although the wheel of justice grinds slowly, it grinds steadily and surely. It is a victory for the rule of law and good people of Ijebu Central federal constituency. I thank God and the good people of Ijebu Ode, Ijebu North East and Odogbolu local government areas for their unflinching support thus far, and I promise not to disappoint them,” he submitted.

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Meanwhile, the tribunal upheld the election victories of Senator Tolu Odebiyi (APC) and Hon. Jimoh Ojugbele (APC) of Ogun West senatorial district and Ota federal constituency, respectively.

In a related development, the election of the member of the House of Representatives, representing Ikwo\Ezza South federal constituency, Lazarus Ogbee, had been cancelled by the National Assembly election petitions tribunal in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state.

Delivering the judgement on Monday, September 9, Justice Sika Henry Aprioku declared the rival of Ogbee, Chinedu Ogar of the All Progressive Congress as the winner of the poll.

This is coming after Ogar had contested the results of the election in court, insisting that his votes were erroneously reduced by officials of INEC officials in wards like Ikwo and Onueke in Ezza.

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