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Appeal court uphold high court ruling sacking Ondo legislator

The state High Court had on May 15, 2019 ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to withdraw the certificate of return earlier issued to Akinwunmi and give it to James Ololade-Gbegudu from the same party.

The lower court declared Ololade-Gbegudu winner of the APC State Assembly primary conducted on October 5, last year in the state constituency and nullified Akinwunmi’s election.

Though Akinwunmi contested and won the March 9, 2019 house of assembly election in the constituency, the court ruled that Ololade-Gbegudu won the party’s primary and should be the candidate of the APC in the general election.

Not satisfied with the verdict, Akinwunmi approached the appellate court to challenge the lower court’s judgment.

In a unanimous judgement, delivered by Justices M.A Dajuma, R.A Abdullahi and P.A Mahmoud, the appellate court held that the INEC should recognise Ololade-Gbegudu as the winner of the APC assembly primary.

Obeying the ruling of the low court, INEC last month withdrew the certificate of return earlier issued to Akinwumi and presented a certificate of return to Ololade-Gbegudu as the representative of the Okitipupa constituency 2 at the House of Assembly.

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