Court of Appeal sacks Benue PDP’s Assembly deputy speaker, orders rerun

Court of Appeal sacks Benue PDP’s Assembly deputy speaker, orders rerun

– Christopher Adaji has been sacked as the deputy speaker of the Benue House of Assembly

– The decision was made by the Court of Appeal sitting in Makurdi, the state capital on Friday, November 8

– This nullification of Adaji’s election by the court was a confirmation of the earlier judgment of the state’s election tribunal

The election of Christopher Adaji, the Benue House of Assembly deputy speaker from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has been nullified by the Court of Appeal sitting in Makurdi, the state capital.

The decision of the appellate court delivered by Justice I. G. Mbaba on Friday, November 8, was a confirmation of the earlier verdict of the state House of Assembly’s election tribunal, Channels TV reports.

In his judgment, the presiding judge, Justice Mbaba said that the applications file by Adaji and the PDP lacked merit and therefore ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a rerun in Ohimini constituency.

The court also frowned at the decision of INEC which declared the former deputy speaker winner of the election in Otega and Ogadagba polling units without a rerun, referring to it as invalid going by the Electoral act 2010.

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The judge gave the electoral body not more than three months to conduct the election and awarded the cost of N200, 000 as cost in each of the appeals against the appellants.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Jonathan Agbidye, a member of the Benue State House of Assembly, had been reportedly arrested by police over the reported rampant criminal activities in his constituency.

Legit.ng gathered that Agbidye represents Katsina-Ala West state constituency on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which is an opposition party in the state.

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