Appeal Court takes decision on Senator Omo-Agege’s election

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City, the Edo State capital on Friday, upheld the nullification of the re-election of Ovie Omo-Agege, the Senator representing Delta Central district on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The court also nullified the election of Francis Waive, who was declared winner of the Ughelli North, South and Udu House of Representatives seat on the APC platform.

In a judgement delivered by Justice Tosin Adegoke, on March 18, the Federal High Court 1 sitting in Asaba, the Delta State capital, had sacked the Great Ogboru/Ovie Omo-Agege factional State Executive Committee of the APC led by Jones Erue and upheld the O’tega Emerhor faction led by Cyril Ogodo, as the authentic state executive committee.

The Federal High Court also nullified all actions taken by the sacked Erue-led executive, including ward and local government congresses, party primaries and the list of candidates that emerged from the primaries.

Following the judgement of the Federal High Court, Omo-Agege and Waive thereafter, approached the Court of Appeal to seek the leave of the court to appeal the judgment nullifying their candidatures and re-election.

At the hearing of the case on Friday, the Court of Appeal, however, dismissed their applications, saying it lacked merit.

Consequently, the court awarded a fine of N300,000 each to the two candidates.