Reps seat: Appeal Court sacks LP’s Nwodo

The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos, on Monday, nullified the election of Stainless Nwodo, a member representing Igbo-Etiti/Uzo-Uwani federal constituency of Enugu State in the House of Representatives.

The appellate court declared that Rt. Hon. Martins Oke of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, won the February election.

Pmnews.ng recalls that the National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Enugu had, on September 8, upheld the election of the LP candidate.

The candidate of the PDP, Oke, and his All Progressives Congress, APC, counterpart, Samuel Ekwueme, had challenged Nwodo’s victory at the tribunal.

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The duo asked the tribunal to sack the LP candidate over alleged certificate forgery and irregularities during the election. But the court struck out their petitions.

The PDP and APC candidate, however, dragged Nwodo to the appeal court, insisting that he was not qualified to run for the election.

In a judgement delivered via Zoom on Monday, the appellate court said that the Labour Party candidate wasn’t qualified to stand for the election and that the appeal had merits.

The panel said they will give details of the ruling on a later date.

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