31/07/2019

AMA SEN KAN OO: Tribunal sacks Ondo PDP federal lawmaker for being UK citizen

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The Election Petition Tribunal, sitting in Akure, Ondo state capital, on Wednesday, July 31, sacked a House of Representatives member on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ikengboju Gboluga, who represents Okitipupa/Irele Federal Constituency of Ondo state. According to Daily Nigerian, the tribunal based its decision on the defendant’s sworn allegiance to the United Kingdom as the citizen of the country. 

The court ruled that Gboluga was not eligible to contest the February 23, 2019, National Assembly election due to his allegiance to the UK. 

The tribunal subsequently declared Albert Akintoye of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the election. It also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue Certificate of Return to Akintoye after withdrawing same from Gboluga.

Meanwhile, Esabod previously reported that Mustapha Usman, an APC member of the House of Representatives, representing Yola south/Yola north/Girei federal constituency of Adamawa state was on Tuesday, July 30, sacked by the Supreme Court. 

The Supreme Court, presided over by a five-man panel which was led by Justice John Okoro, upheld an appeal made by another APC member, Abdulra’uf Abdulkadir Modibo. In its ruling, the Supreme Court held that, apart from the fact that Usman falsified his credentials, he also did not participate in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme. The court said that the person who emerged second in the poll and met the constitutional requirements should be issued certificate of return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). 


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