JUST IN: Okolie of LP wins as Appeal court reverses Elumelu tribunal victory
In a twist of event, the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, has reversed the judgment of the Election Petition Tribunal in Asaba, which declared Ndudi Elumelu as winner of the Aniocha Oshimili Federal Constituency poll.
Honourable Elumelu of the Peoples Democratic Party—PDP, was declared winner of the February 25 election by the tribunal after it nullified the victory of Ngozi Okolie of the Labour Party–LP.
In a landmark judgment delivered on Thursday, the Appeal Court faulted the tribunal for voiding Okolie’s election and proceeded to strike out the petition filed by Elumelu.
The Court of Appeal agreed with lawyer to the Labour Party, Mahmud Magaji (SAN) that contrary to the finding of the tribunal, Okolie was duly nominated and sponsored by his party and that he resigned his appointment as a Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Delta State Government as required by the constitution.