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Tribunal sacks Osun PDP lawmaker, orders election rerun

The National and State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Osogbo on Saturday nullified the election of Jeremiah Awoyeye (PDP- Ife Central).

The nullification followed a petition filed by Johnson Adejobi of the All Progressive Congress (APC) challenging INEC’s declaration of Mr Awoyeye as duly elected on March 18.

Mr Adejobi prayed the court to nullify the election, citing failure on the part of INEC to apply the principle of margin of lead in declaring a winner at the election. 

Having sacked Mr Awoyeye, the tribunal ordered INEC to conduct fresh elections in 26 polling units in the constituency.

In the unanimous judgment of the three-man tribunal, led by Justice .V. Eboreime, it ruled that Mr Adejobi proved that INEC did not comply with the provisions of the Electoral Act (2022).

Mr Eboreime said the manual for the election used to declare Mr Awoyeye as the winner was questionable.

Speaking after the judgment, INEC’s counsel, Vilba Kintai, and Nurudeen Kareem, counsel to Mr Awoyeye, said they would appeal against the verdict.

(NAN)

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