2019: Appeal Court cancels APC Reps candidacy in Edo

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City, Edo State, on Tuesdayupheld Kabiru Adjoto as the winner of the October 19 primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akoko Edo Federal Constituency.

The Appellate Court presided over by Justices Chioma Iheme, Tunde Awotoye, and Abraham Adumein upturned an earlier judgment by a high court.

In the judgment delivered by Adumein, the justices unanimously agreed
that the lower court erred in law by striking out the suit against the
appellant.

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Justice Adumein said that the Constitution of the Osariemen Osunbor
primaries appeal panel to hear the case of the appellant having
announced him as the winner of the primary election by the Returning
Officer, was void and of no effect.

He said it was wrong for a former governor of Edo State to preside
over a panel in matters relating to electoral grievances
The judge, therefore, awarded N300,000 cost in favour of the appellant
and against the defendant, Peter Akpatason.

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