- The PDP lawmaker representing the Nkanu East state constituency in the Enugu State House of Assembly, Okey Mbah, has been sacked by the election petition tribunal
- Justice Adie Attoe Onyebueke-led three-man panel ruled that the election that produced Mbah as the lawmaker representing the Nkanu East state constituency did not follow the 2022 Electoral Act
- In the petition filed by the Labour Party and its candidate, Okwudiri Nnaji, the court ordered INEC to conduct a rerun in some polling units in the Ugbawka and Owo wards
On Friday, September 29, the court nullified the election of Mbah, a member representing the Nkanu East state constituency in the House of Assembly, The Nation reported.
Why Tribunal Sacks PDP Mbah in the Enugu State House of Assembly
According to the judgment on Friday, the process by which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Mbah as the winner of the state constituency election was not in line with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022.
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The Justice Adie Attoe Onyebueke-led three-man panel, in their judgment on the petition filed by Okwudiri Nnaji of the Labour Party, ordered INEC to conduct a rerun in some polling units in the Owo and Ugbawka wards.
According to the tribunal, the number of votes returned from the two wards is more than the number of registered and accredited voters in those areas. The court faulted the rerun by INEC.
INEC to conduct a rerun in some polling units in the Owo and Ugbawka wards in Enugu
The court then ruled that the electoral body should conduct a rerun election in the polling units that have been affected within 90 days.
Mbah is the latest lawmaker from the PDP to be sacked by the tribunal sitting in Enugu.
The tribunal across the country has been passing its verdicts on several election petitions filed by politicians in the 36 states of the country, including the federal capital.
Tribunal sacks PDP lawmaker in Plateau State
Legit.ng earlier reported that the PDP lawmaker representing the Riyom state constituency in Plateau State, Timothy Dantong, has been sacked by the State House of Assembly election petition tribunal.
Dantong was sacked on the ground that the PDP did not have structure as of the time he was nominated as the party's candidate for the March 18 election.
The court subsequently announced Moses Dachum of the APC as the election winner.