Written by on June 18, 2019

Sequel to the judgement of the Ondo State High Court, the Independent National Electoral Commission has withdrawn the Certificate of Return issued to Sina Akinwumi, an All Progressives Congress lawmaker, who had earlier been declared the winner of the March 9, 2019, House of Assembly election, in Okitipupa constituency II.

Akinwumi was sacked by the court last month on the grounds that he did not win the primary of the party.

The court however declared James Ololade-Gbegudu of the same party as the winner of the primary, held in October 2018.

Ololade-Gbegudu had approached the court through his counsel, to seek an order to compel the party and INEC to recognize him as the authentic APC candidate for the constituency and not Sina Akinwunmi, having won the party’s primary.

To this end, the court ordered the electoral commission to issue him the Certificate of Return as the representative of the constituency.

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