Election Petitions Tribunal Orders Fresh Polls in Bayelsa’s Sagbama/Ekeremor Constituency.
The Election Petitions Tribunal in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, has ruled that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) must conduct fresh elections in specific polling units within the Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency.
This landmark verdict, handed down by the tribunal, also carries the directive for INEC to immediately revoke the certificate of return previously awarded to Chief Fred Agbedi, the representative of the Constituency in the House of Representatives, who hails from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The tribunal’s decision doesn’t stop there. INEC has been mandated to organize a new election to enfranchise approximately 26,000 voters who were unjustly excluded from the initial election process.
These legal proceedings were set in motion by Michael Bless Olomu, a candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), who also participated in the disputed election. Olomu’s contention revolves around his belief that he should rightfully be declared the winner of the election due to incidents of violence that marred the electoral process.
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Olomu has alleged that this violence, which he attributes to the opposition, significantly compromised the integrity of the election. His case before the tribunal aimed to rectify what he perceived as a grave injustice to the voters and the democratic process in Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency.
The tribunal’s ruling marks a pivotal moment in the ongoing discussion surrounding electoral integrity and the need to address election-related violence.
As this story develops, we will continue to provide updates on any reactions from the involved parties.
The forthcoming fresh elections are sure to be closely monitored by all stakeholders, as the democratic process in this constituency undergoes a critical reevaluation.