Tribunal: sacks APC lawmaker in Ondo – moneyamebo

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  • 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

Akure, Ondo – Legit has reported that the Ondo State House of Assembly election petition tribunal sitting in Akure has removed a lawmaker of the state assembly representing the Ileoluji/Okeigbo constituency, Nelson Akinsuroju of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The tribunal ordered a rerun election.

Babatunde Fadare, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election,had earlier filed a petition at the tribunal challenging the declaration of the APC’s Nelson Akinsuroju as the winner of the election.
 
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.

Why tribunal sacked Ondo lawmaker after PDP petition

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.

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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