- The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has reinstated the Labour Party house of representatives member, Ngozi Okolie
- Okolie was restored as the duly-elected lawmaker representing Aniocha/Oshimili federal constituency
- The appellate court set aside the tribunal's judgement which declared PDP's Ndudi Elumelu as winner of the election
Asaba, Delta state - The Court of Appeal in Abuja has set aside a judgement by the national and state houses of assembly election tribunal in Asaba which declared Ndudi Elumelu the winner of the 2023 election.
2023 election: Appeal court sacks Elumelu
Per The Nation, in two judgements on Thursday, September 14, the appellate court declared Ngozi Okolie of the Labour Party (LP) as the winner of the election.
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It faulted the tribunal for voiding Okolie’s election on July 24.
The Appeal Court agreed with Mahmud Magaji (SAN), the lawyer to the LP, that contrary to the tribunal's verdict, Okolie was duly nominated and sponsored by his party.
The judges at the Appeal Courts held that the LP chieftain resigned his appointment as a Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Delta state government — in line with the law.
Netizens react to Elumelu's sack
Following the news, social media users shared their feelings.
@grace_speak05 wrote on X (formerly Twitter):
"Another big win for Labour Party in Delta state.
"Congratulations to Ngozi Okolie as Appeal court declare and reaffirm him winner of 2023 House of Rep and sack Ndudi Elumelu of PDP.
"Utomi Nwanne of Ika federal constituency is coming."
"It is time for judges to start collecting wotowoto anywhere we see them."
"Congratulations to us."
Tribunal sacks LP's Okolie
The tribunal in a judgement on Monday, July 24, held that Okolie was not duly sponsored by the LP as he was not a member of the party as of May 28, 2022, when the primary was purportedly held.
Okolie unseats Elumelu as reps member
In February, Legit.ng reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Okolie the winner of the national assembly election.
The LP candidate scored 53, 879 votes to defeat Elumelu who had 33, 466 votes.