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Court orders INEC to award results of Lagos fed constituency to PDP

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Justice Bello Kawu of an FCT High in Kubwa, has ordered the Independent National Election Commission () to declare collated of Ajeromi- , Lagos State which held on February 23 to Hon. Rita Orji.

Kawu also ordered and its agents namely, the Resident Electoral commissioner (REC), Lagos State, Mr Adeshola Adelaja and Mr Ulocha Oscar to pay N250, 000 to Orji.

In his ruling, he dismissed a notice of preliminary objection on the jurisdiction of the saying that the had jurisdiction to entertain the suit.

He further said the court cannot stop INEC from performing its constitutional duty but must be declared before declaring same as inconclusive for a re-run.

It would be recalled that an Exparte application was filed on March 7, by Orji and the Peoples Democratic  Party (PDP) through her counsel, Jude Ugwuanyi.

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The application had INEC, the resident Electoral Commissioner Lagos State, the All Progressive  Congress (APC), Hon. Kolawole Taiwo, Mr Adeshola Adelaja and Mr Ulocha Oscar as respondents.

The respondents however contested the jurisdiction of the court saying elections were conducted in Lagos state adding that it is a post election matter.

Ugwuanyi however held that the FCT had jurisdiction because INEC operates in Abuja and is saddled with elections responsibility.

He added that the House of Representatives results for the said constituency was declared inconclusive in INEC, Abuja.

Orji through her lawyer had sought a court order restraining INEC, the REC, Lagos State, Mr Adeshola Adelaja and Mr Ulocha Oscar from going on with a planned re-run election for March 9.

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She also seeked an order for the said respondents to declare the results of the National Assembly Elections for Ajeromi - in Lagos State which held on Feb. 23, 2019.

Ugwuanyi expressed satisfaction with the court’s ruling, saying that due process should be followed. He also said his client had written a petition to INEC, Independent Corrupt Practices Commision ( ICPC) and Servicom for the to be announced before a re-run but did not get any response, hence the suit.(NAN).

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