INEC Did Not Issue Certificates of Return to 2 Prominent APC Chieftains, Gives Reasons
- INEC has issued certificates of return to the winners of the House of Representatives election that was held on February 25
- During the presentation, the winner of the Akoko South-West Federal Constituency in Ondo, Adegboyega Adefarati, was not given a certificate
- Also in Adefarati's shoe is the majority leader of the house of representatives, Alhassan Ado Doguwa, whose election result was said to have been declared under duress
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FCT, Abuja - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday, March 8, issued certificates of return to the elected House of Representatives members.
Mahmood Yakubu, the electoral commission chairman, presented the certificates to the winners of the February 25 House of Reps election at the national collation centre in Abuja, Daily Trust reported.
Why INEC denies Ado Doguwa, Adefarati the certificate of return
But Adegboyega Adefarati, the winner of the Akoko South-West Federal Constituency in Ondo and son of the former governor of the state, was not among those that received certificates of return.
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His name was not among those that the electoral body pasted as rep-elect.
Adefarati contested on the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform, but INEC, in its remark on the list, stated "Court Order" in front of his name.
Legit.ng earlier reported that a federal high court in Akure disqualified Adefarati when it declared the election that produced him as the party's candidate null and void.
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The majority leader of the house of representatives, Alhassan Ado Doguwa, was also denied the certificate of return.
INEC removed the lawmaker's name from the winners' list, saying the result of the election in the Doguwa/Tudunwada constituency in Kano was declared under duress
The commission later declared that there was no winner in the February 25 National Assembly election in Doguwa/Tudunwada Federal Constituency.
Ex-Ondo governor's son wins APC house of assembly primary election rerun
Legit.ng earlier reported that Adegboyega Adefarati, the son of the former governor of Ondo state, Adebayo Adefarati, has won the APC ticket for the Akoko-Southeast/Akoko Southwest federal constituency.
Adefarati polled 71 votes to beat down his closest rival, Olusegun Ategbole, who scored 55 votes in the rerun house of assembly primary.
Some aspirants of the party, joined by some delegates, had challenged the earlier result of the primary in court before it was nullified, and another one was conducted.