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Appeal Court Nullifies Election Victory of another PDP Senator

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City, the Edo State capital has nullified the election victory of Senator Ighoyota Amori in the Delta Central Senatorial District. 

The court of appeal seems bent on sacking all the PDP Lawmakers from the South South zone having sacked all PDP senators from Rivers State.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator lost the seat to Ovie-omo Agege of the Labour Party on Sunday. The court declared Ovie Omo-Agege, candidate of the Labour Party in the March 28 parliamentary election, winner of the poll. 

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The five-man panel led by Justice Abba Aji upturned an earlier ruling in favour of Senator Amori and held that Ovie-omo Agege be sworn in as winner of the election into the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

With the Appeal Court’s judgment, there are two PDP Senators representing Delta State at the National Assembly.

Mr Agege is a former secretary to the Delta State Government and a Chieftain of the PDP until his defection from the part.

On 11th December, the Court of Appeal in Abuja, voided the elections that produced two Senators From Rivers State – Osinakachukwu Idoezu (Rivers South-West Senatorial District) and John Olaka-Nwogo (Rivers South-East).

The court, in a judgment, held among others, that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) failed, in its conduct of the elections, to comply substantially with the provisions of the Electoral Act and other guidelines for the March 28, 2015 National Assembly Election.

The sack of Idoezu and Olaka-Nwoga yesterday brought to three the number of Senators sacked in Rivers State by the Appeal Court.

The Court had in a judgment on Thursday evening, nullified the election of George Thompson Sekibo, representing Rivers East Senatorial District.

On the 18th of this month the Court of Appeal in Abuja had also nullified the governorship election held in Akwa Ibom State won by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Emmauel Udom. 

The judgement was delivered on Friday in Abuja by the lead judge, Justice Adedotun Adefope-Okojie.

In the judgement, the five-man panel also ordered a fresh election in Akwa Ibom, hinging their decision on what they called substantial non-compliance with the Electoral Act.

The appellate court held that evidence from all the parties showed that there was no collation during the governorship election and as such election could not have been held under that circumstance.

The court said there was no substantial compliance with the Electoral Act 2010 by the INEC in the conduct of the election, a situation they it said entitled the Governorship Election Tribunal to nullify the entire election in the state.

Elombah.com reports that a three-man Court of Appeal panel sitting in Abuja had also struck out the appeal of Nyesom Wike seeking a dismissal of the judgment of the Rivers election petition tribunal which sacked him as governor of the state.

In a 110-page ruling delivered by Justice M.B. Dongban-Mensem, the Court ruled that the election of Nyesom Wike did not conform with the electoral act.

The Court has ordered a rerun in 90 days.

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