Tribunal nullifies Bayelsa PDP Rep’s election, orders supplementary polls

The National/States Houses of Assembly Election Tribunal sitting in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital, on Friday nullified the election of Mr. Fred Agbedi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency of the state.

The tribunal, consequently, directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to “immediately” withdraw the certificate issued to him and conduct fresh election in some polling units in the constituency.
It further directed INEC to organise a fresh election for 20, 000 voters who were unlawfully excluded from the election.
Mr. Michael Olomu of the All Progressive Congress (APC) had approached the tribunal and prayed to be declared the winner.
Olomu said he should be declared as the rightful winner of the election due to incidents of violence that marred the electoral process.
He alleged that the violence which was allegedly orchestrated by his opponent had a significant impact on the election’s integrity, saying the election did not take place in five wards yet results were collated.

According to him, the wards included Ward 5 (Ebedebiri), Ward 11 (Ofoni, Sagbama), Ward 12 (Ekeremo), along with Wards 3 and 4 in Ofoni, Sagbama.
Reacting, Agbedi expressed readiness to take part in the supplementary election. (NAN)

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