The Appeal Court sitting in Makurdi has sacked the Deputy Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly Christopher Adaji as a legislator for Ohimini, Concise News reports.
This online news medium understands that the Court of Appeal delivered the judgment on Friday in the Benue State capital.
According to the presiding Judge of the three-man panel Justice I. G. Mbaba who delivered the lead judgment in the separate appeals filed by the PDP and Christopher Adaji, the appeals lacked merit.
Justice Mbaba said the declaration and return of Adaji by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of the 2019 Ohimini State Constituency election without a rerun in Otega and Ogadagba, was invalid for non-compliance with Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
Furthermore, the Appellate Court held that the findings of the Tribunal have not been appealed.
“I find no merit in this appeal,” Justice Mbaba held as he issued an order mandating INEC to conduct another election in the two polling units in 90 days from the day of the judgment as ordered by the Tribunal earlier.
Also, Justice Mbaba awarded N200, 000 only in each of the appeals against the appellants as cost.
Concise News understands that INEC had declared Adaji as the winner of the election with a margin of 397 votes, less than 1, 056 votes cancelled in the two polling units.