Tribunal nullifies election of Bayelsa PDP Rep

The Election Tribunal sitting in Yenagoa on Friday nullified the election of the People’s Democratic Party’s candidate, Mr Fred Agbedi as the House of Representatives member for the Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency of Bayelsa state.

The tribunal 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 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 stated that 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.

Olomu said that the election did not take place in five wards yet results were collated, saying that the wards included Ward 5 in Ebedebiri, Ward 11 in Ofoni, Sagbama, Ward 12 in Ekeremo, along with Wards 3 and 4 in Ofoni, Sagbama.

Agbedi has  expressed readiness to take part in the supplementary election.

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