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Edo Guber: Imansuangbon demands Akpata’s disqualification


A Labour Celebration governorship aspirant in Edo State, Kenneth Imasuangbon, has demanded the disqualification of the governorship candidate of the celebration within the state, Olumide Akpata, from the September 21 election.

In lawsuit No. FHC B/CS/26/2024, filed on the Benin division of the Federal Excessive Court docket by his counsel A.A. Malik & Co, Imasuangbon stated the LP which is the second defendant within the go well with erred by declaring Olumide Akpata the winner of the celebration’s main election performed on February 23, 2024.

Imansuangbon additionally filed one other go well with within the Abuja division of the Federal Excessive Court docket the place he alleged that Akpata lied beneath oath and provided false data to the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee.

Within the Abuja go well with filed on April 12, 2024, Akpata who’s the primary defendant, was joined within the go well with by his working mate, Alufohai Religion, LP, and INEC because the second, third, and fourth defendants respectively.

Like within the go well with filed in Benin, Akpata was solely joined by LP and INEC as the primary, second, and third defendants.

Within the Benin go well with, Imasuangbon stated Akpata was not certified to contest the first having violated the provisions of part 222(c) of the Nigeria structure in addition to Article 28 of the celebration’s tips for the conduct of the first.

Imasuangbon added that votes garnered by the primary defendant within the main be declared invalid.

The plaintiff, who listed 9 points for dedication and 18 others for declaration by the courtroom, requested the courtroom to put aside the LP February 23 governorship main within the Edo state.

He additional requested the courtroom, “to find out if Akpata is certified to have contested the first having didn’t signal or endorse the indemnity type issued to him by the second defendant.

“To find out if the votes garnered within the purported main shouldn’t be voided and wasted within the face of outright disregard to the constitutional provisions of the nation and that of the celebration.

In his declaration, the plaintiff instructed the courtroom to bar the INEC or some other agent from recognizing Akpata because the governorship candidate of the LP for the September 21 Edo governorship ballot.

He additionally known as for the withdrawal of the certificates of return issued by the second defendant to the primary defendant because the purported winner of the stated main.

Whereas asking for the sum of N20 million as the price of the go well with, Imasuangbon requested {that a} recent main be performed not later than 30 days after the judgement of the courtroom.

Nonetheless, for the Abuja division of the go well with, Imasuangbon alleged that Akpata provided false data to the INEC in accordance with data supplied of their type EC9.

He stated that Akpata claimed to have been Akpata Olumide Anthony, however crammed in his identify to be Akpata Olumide Osaigbovo.

In response to Imasuangbon, the actions contravene the provisions of part 29(5) of the 2022 electoral Act and in addition part 182(i), (a), and (j) of the 1999 structure of the federal authorities of Nigeria as amended.

He thus sought his disqualification and for Akpata to be restrained from collaborating within the September 21 governorship election in Edo State.

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