Appeal Court sacks Edo lawmaker

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By Gabriel Enogholase

BENIN—THE Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City, Edo State, has in a unanimous decision, removed the All Progressives Congress, APC, lawmaker representing Ovia South-West constituency in  Edo State House of Assembly, Mr. Sunday Aghedo.

The appellate court declared Mr. Godwin Adenom, also of APC, winner of the general election into the Ovia South- West constituency of Edo State House of Assembly, held on April 11, 2015.

In the lead judgment delivered by Justice Moore Adumein, the court also set aside part of the judgment of the lower court on the primary election conducted by the APC on December 2, 2014 for selectting the party’s candidate for the general election held on April 11, 2015 into the Ovia South- West of the Assembly.

It also granted additional reliefs sought by the respondent as contained in paragraphs 16 (b),  (c), (d), (e), (f), (h) and (I).

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The court awarded the sum of N100,000 against the appellant.

It will be recalled that Adenomo scored the highest votes cast at the APC primary election for the selection of its candidate for Ovia South- West constituency polling 152 votes against 140 scored by Aghedo.

His opponent’s name was forwarded as the party’s candidate for the election and the three- man appeal panel set up by the party to look into his complaint upheld the decision of the party.

Dissatisfied with the decision of the party’s appeal panel, Adenomo dragged the APC and the primary election committee to court over imposition of the sacked lawmaker as the winner of the party’s primaries for the state House of Assembly election.

A Federal High Court sitting in Benin, in its judgemen, ordered the APC to conduct a fresh primary for the position but Adenomo rejected the ruling and headed to the appellate court.

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Aghedo, not satisfied with the lower court’s judgment which set aside the decision of the party’s appeal panel and also invalidated the primary election conducted on December 2, 2014 and his election held on April 11, 2015, headed to the Appeal  Court also.

Both Adenomo and Aghedo filed separate appeals against the decision of the trial court.

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