The National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Jos, Plateau State, has delivered a ruling that has reshaped the political landscape of the Barkin/Riyom Federal Constituency.
The tribunal’s decision nullified the election victory of Peter Gyengdeng, the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and declared Fom Chollom of the Labour Party as the rightful representative of the constituency.
This ruling comes as a result of a petition filed by Fom Chollom, who contested Gyengdeng’s victory on the grounds that the PDP candidate was not validly nominated by the party. Chollom presented compelling arguments, and the tribunal ultimately sided with his claims, leading to a profound alteration in the constituency’s representation.
The tribunal’s decision is based on the premise that Gyengdeng’s nomination by the PDP did not adhere to the required legal and procedural standards.
As a result, the tribunal ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to revoke Gyengdeng’s certificate of return and issue one to Fom Chollom, officially recognizing him as the duly elected representative for the Barkin/Riyom Federal Constituency.
This development highlights the significance of adherence to electoral regulations and the right of candidates to seek legal redress when they believe electoral processes have not been followed correctly.
It also underscores the vital role played by election petitions tribunals in upholding the integrity of the electoral system and ensuring that the will of the people is accurately reflected.
What it means for Fom Chollom
The implications of this ruling extend beyond the constituency, as it has ramifications for the political balance in the National Assembly.
As Fom Chollom assumes his new role as the representative for the Barkin/Riyom Federal Constituency, the constituency and the nation as a whole will be closely watching as he takes on the responsibilities and duties of his office.