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Tribunal sacks Imo PDP House of Reps. Member

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The Imo State National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Mararaba, Nasarawa State, has nullified the election of the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Jonas Okeke, as the House of Representatives member for Ehime Mbano/Ihitte Uboma,Obowo Federal Constituency of Imo State.

In a unanimous decision the three-man panel comprising Justice Anthony Olotu Akpovi (Chairman), Justice Usman A.S Kudu, and Justice Ibrahim Mohammed declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress Party, APC Deacon Chike Okafor, as the duly elected candidate in the election conducted on 25th February, 2023.

Chike Okafor, an Economist, investment banker, former Commissioner for Finance, Imo State and a two-term federal lawmaker, challenged the declaration of Jonas Okeke by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as winner of the election on the grounds that the respondent was not duly sponsored and not qualified to contest the election on the platform of the PDP.

The tribunal agreed with the petitioner that the candidate of the PDP was not qualified to contest the election, and subsequently ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Jonas Okeke, and reissue same to Chike Okafor.

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