The National Assembly Elections Tribunal in Asaba rendered its judgment regarding the qualifications of Hon. Francis Ejiroghene Waive, the Honorable Member representing the Ughelli North, Ughelli South, and Udu Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.
The Tribunal, in a decision that has garnered considerable attention, ruled that the non-publication of Hon. Waive’s educational qualifications on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) portal constituted grounds for disqualification. Consequently, the Tribunal declared the opponent in the election as the winner.
In response to this ruling, Hon. Waive has issued a statement reiterating his stance, supported by documented evidence, that he did, indeed, submit all required documents, including his educational qualifications, as mandated by INEC. He also stressed that the failure of INEC to publish these qualifications on their portal was beyond his control and was not a consequence of any actions he took. He has emphasized that he had previously communicated this issue to INEC.
Crucially, Hon. Waive underscored that the non-publication of his qualifications on the INEC portal does not constitute a legal ground for disqualification of a candidate under Nigerian law.
In light of the Tribunal’s decision, Hon. Waive has taken the decisive step to instruct his legal team to appeal the judgment. This demonstrates his commitment to pursuing all legal avenues to address the matter and assert his qualifications.
While this legal process unfolds, Hon. Waive has called upon the people he represents to remain calm and abide by the law. He has affirmed his unwavering dedication to the ongoing efforts to improve the nation and make it a better place for all.