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Benue Deputy Speaker Sacked


MAKURDI, BENUE STATE, NIGERIA - The decision of the National/State House of Assembly Election Tribunal sacking the Deputy Speaker, Benue State House of Assembly,  Christopher Adaji (Ohimini/PDP), has been affirmed. 

It was affirmed on Friday (today) by the Court of Appeal sitting in Makurdi, the Benue State capital. 

The Court of Appeal, presided over by Justice  I. G. Mbaba, held in the separate appeals filed by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Christopher Adaji, that the appeals lack merit.

Justice  I. G. Mbaba supported the decision of the Tribunal that the declaration and return of Adaji by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of the 2019 Ohimini State Constituency election without rerun in Otega and Ogadagba was invalid by reason of non- compliance with Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

Justice  I. G. Mbaba equally declared that the findings of the Tribunal have not been appealed.

Justice  I. G. Mbaba said: “I find no merit in this appeal.”

Justice  I. G. Mbaba consequently dismissed same.

Justice  I. G. Mbaba also issued an order mandating INEC to conduct a fresh election in the two polling units within 90 days as earlier ordered by the Tribunal.

Justice  I. G. Mbaba also awarded the cost of N200, 000.00 in each of the appeal against the appellants as cost.

It would be recalled that INEC had at the end of the March 9, 2019 Obimini State Constituency election, returned Adaji as winner with a margin of 397 votes, which is less than 1, 056 votes cancelled in the two polling units complained of.

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