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Tribunal Removes APC’s Delta South Senator, Orders Re-Run Within 90 Days

The Senatorial Election Tribunal sitting in Asaba, the Delta State capital, on Wednesday, 6 September 2023, removed the lawmaker representing Delta South, Senator Thomas Onowakpo.

Recall that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Michael Diden, had approached the tribunal with his petition seeking the disqualification of the APC candidate.

The tribunal Chairman, Justice Catherine Ogunsola, in her judgment said that Onowakpo’s certificate of return be withdrawn, just as it also ordered INEC to conduct a supplementary election in Warri South Local Government Area of the state within 90 days.

Ogunsola argued that the electoral body did not follow the Electoral Act before declaring APC winner of the election.

Speaking shortly after the judgment, INEC counsel, Clark Ekpebe, said they would study the judgment, adding that they still have the option of an appeal.

“The judgment has been given and we will go home and study the judgment. We have been asked to withdraw his certificate of return and conduct a supplementary election within 90 days, “he said.

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