Election Tribunal Sacks Labour Party House of Representatives Member.
The Election Petition Tribunal has invalidated the election of Honourable Ngozi Okolie, a member of the Labour Party, to the 10th Federal House of Representatives. The verdict was delivered during a sitting in Asaba, Delta State.
Ejes Gist News reports that Honourable Ngozi Okolie had been declared the winner of the February 25 election for the Aniocha/Oshimili federal constituency by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
However, the tribunal, in its judgment on Monday, ruled that Okolie was not appropriately sponsored by the Labour Party as he was not a registered member of the party as of May 28, 2022, the purported date of the primary election.
As a result of this finding, the tribunal declared Ndudi Elumelu of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), who was the runner-up in the February 25, 2023 National Assembly election, as the rightful winner.
Ndudi Elumelu, the immediate past Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, had lodged a petition urging the tribunal to disqualify Okolie, who had been declared the winner by INEC.
Tribunal Sacks Labour Party House of Representative Member and what it means.
The tribunal’s ruling has significant implications for the representation of the Aniocha/Oshimili federal constituency, and it underscores the importance of adhering to proper party sponsorship guidelines during elections.
Fear Grips Peter Obi.
“Fear is gripping Peter Obi as it appears that this court ruling will have a significant impact on his candidature. He was not a member of the party before the primary election took place.”
As the situation unfolds, the political landscape in the constituency may witness further changes, and the affected parties will likely respond in accordance with the tribunal’s decision.