Tribunal Sacks APC Lawmaker in Ondo Over Suit Filed by PDP Candidate

Tribunal Sacks APC Lawmaker in Ondo Over Suit Filed by PDP Candidate

  • The APC lawmaker representing the Ileoluji/Okeigbo constituency in the Ondo State House of Assembly, Nelson Akinsuroju, has been sacked by the tribunal
  • Babatunde Fadare of the PDP had filed a petition before the tribunal to challenge the declaration of Akinsuroju as the winner of the March 18 House of Assembly election for the constituency
  • According to the judgment, the election that produced Akinsuroju was inconclusive, and INEC has been ordered to conduct a supplementary poll in the affected polling units

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Akure, Ondo - The Ondo State House of Assembly election petition tribunal sitting in Akure has sacked a lawmaker of the state assembly representing the Ileoluji/Okeigbo constituency, Nelson Akinsuroju of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Babatunde Fadare, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election, filed a petition against the declaration of Akinsuroju as the winner of the March 18 State House of Assembly election, Vanguard reported.

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Court sacks Ondo lawmaker after PDP's petition Photo Credit: PDP Updates, APC Nigeria
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In its ruling, the tribunal declared that the Oluji/Okeigbo Constituency election was inconclusive.

The court then ordered a rerun election in six of the 27 polling units where the PDP candidate had challenged the election out of the 191 polling units in the constituency.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced Akinsuroju as the winner after he polled 10,207 votes to defeat Fadare of the PDP, who scored 9,287 votes.

However, Fadare challenged the election outcome before the tribunal because there was no valid compliance with the electoral law and the APC candidate was not duly elected because he did not get the highest votes as required by the law.

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The PDP chieftain then urged the court to declare the election inconclusive and that INEC should conduct supplementary elections in the affected polling units where the election was disrupted.

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Eze, a loyalist of Rotimi Amaechi, the former minister of transportation, made the comment while reacting to the alleged identity theft Atiku was pursuing against Tinubu in US court.

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