Appeal court sacks Ndudi Elumelu, affirms LP candidate as winner of Reps seat in Delta

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has made a significant ruling regarding the election for the Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency of Delta State. The court has set aside the judgment of the National and State Houses of Assembly Election Tribunal in Asaba, which had initially declared Ndudi Elumelu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the February 25th election.

In two separate judgments, the Court of Appeal has declared Ngozi Okolie of the Labour Party (LP) as the rightful winner of the election. The appellate court took issue with the tribunal’s decision to void Okolie’s election and subsequently dismissed the petition filed by Mr. Elumelu before the tribunal, which had led to the voided judgment.

The Court of Appeal concurred with the arguments presented by the lawyer representing the Labour Party, Mahmud Magaji, SAN. It found that, contrary to the tribunal’s findings, Okolie had been duly nominated and sponsored by his party, and he had also resigned from his position as a Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Delta State Government, as required by the constitution.

This ruling has significant implications for the outcome of the election in the Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency of Delta State and underscores the importance of adherence to electoral processes and constitutional requirements.

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