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Tribunal sacks LP rep, declares APC candidate as winner

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The National Assembly election petition tribunal has nullified the election of Seyi Sowunmi, a member representing the Ojo federal constituency in Lagos.

The three-member panel led by Abdullahi Ozegya on Thursday declared Lanre Ogunyemi, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the winner of the election.

Other members of the panel are Ashu Ewah and Muhammad Sambo.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had in February declared Sowunmi as the winner of the Ojo constituency election.

Displeased with the outcome, the APC and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) approached the tribunal with suits challenging the victory of Sowunmi.

According to Channels Television, Ogunyemi had told the tribunal that Sowunmi was not duly sponsored and qualified to contest the elections on the platform of the LP.

On Wednesday, the tribunal, in a unanimous decision, dismissed the suit of Tajudeen Obasa, the PDP candidate, for “lacking merit” and being “frivolous”.

However, on Thursday, the tribunal agreed with the APC candidate that Sowunmi was not duly qualified to contest the election.

The tribunal declared the LP candidate’s votes wasted and ruled that the first runner-up — the APC candidate — ought to be declared the winner of the Ojo federal constituency election.

Sowunmi is the deputy chairman of the local content committee of the house of representatives.

In July, the election petition tribunal in Asaba, the Delta capital, removed Ngozi Okolie of LP as the lawmaker representing Aniocha/Oshimili constituency at the house of representatives.

The panel declared Ndudi Elumelu, candidate of the PDP, as the duly elected winner.

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Tribunal sacks Kaduna Governor Uba Sani, says election inconclusive

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The Election Petition Tribunal in Kaduna has removed Governor Uba Sani from the All Progressives Congress during the governorship election case. 

The petition was brought forth by Isah Mohammed Ashiru, the candidate representing the Peoples Democratic Party. 

The tribunal, on Thursday, declared the 2023 governorship election in the state inconclusive. 

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‘They ignored credible evidence’ — Jandor rejects tribunal judgement affirming Sanwo-Olu’s victory

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Abdul-azeez Adediran, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos, has rejected the ruling of the election petition tribunal affirming Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the governor of the state.

On Monday, the tribunal dismissed the case filed by Adediran, popularly known as Jandor, as lacking in merit.

Reacting to the ruling, Adediran said the tribunal refused to accept the credible and convincing evidence presented by his legal team on the non-qualifications of candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Labour Party (LP) in the election.

He said that the decision of the tribunal did not reflect the provisions of the constitution of Nigeria, assuring that “Lagos PDP will study the judgement and decide on the next step to be taken”.

“This is not the end of the electoral process, it is just another stage. We will study the judgement and take decisions in the best interest of Lagosians,” he said.

In the unanimous ruling, Abdullahi said the petitioner failed to convince the court that Sanwo-Olu did not attend Community Grammar School, Ijebu-Ife, the institution, where the certificate came from.

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Impeachment: Ondo deputy governor drags Assembly to court

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The Deputy Governor of Ondo state, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has approached the state High Court, sitting in Akure, to stop the impeachment process initiated by the State House of Assembly against him.

In the suit number, Suit No. AK/348/2023, filed on Monday, by Mr Ebun Adenoruwa SAN, the embattled deputy governor, asked the court to stop the impeachment process against him pending the hearing and determination of the suit that he has filed in court.

The state house of assembly began the process of impeachment of the deputy governor, last week, as it wrote a letter to Aiyedatiwa, over an allegation of gross misconduct, while he was in office as an acting governor.

Defendants in the suit include the Ondo State Government, the Governor of Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, the Ondo State House of Assembly, the Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly, Mr Olumide Oladiji, the Clerk of Ondo State House of Assembly and the Chief Judge of Ondo State.

In the originating summons, the deputy governor was seeking an ” injunction restraining the defendants and their agents, privies and representatives from interfering with, restricting, disempowering and/or preventing the claimant from discharging his constitutional duties and functions as the duly elected deputy governor of Ondo State in a joint and equal ticket with the governor of the Ondo State.

He also sought “an order forthwith reinstating/restoring the total rights and privileges attached or accruing to the office of the Claimant as duly elected Deputy Governor of Ondo State which include, but not limited to the restoration of all media aides and press crew attached to the office of the claimant as Deputy Governor of Ondo State.

Aiyedatiwa sought “an order setting aside any purported process or notice of any allegation of Gross Misconduct against the Claimant on the ground that such process or notice is a violation of Section 188 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

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