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Osun Speaker appeals tribunal judgment

Osogbo – The Speaker of the Osun House of Assembly, Mr Adejare Bello, says he has filed an appeal against the judgment of the Election Petitions Tribunal which nullified his election.

Bello, who disclosed this on the floor of the House on Monday in Osogbo, said he had received a copy of the suit which his lawyer filed on his behalf.

“The matter is now at the Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan, Oyo state,” the lawmaker representing Ede North in the State House of Assembly said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Patrick Elechi-led tribunal had on Jan. 29 in Osogbo nullified Bello’s election.

The tribunal held that the election was not in conformity with the Electoral Act of 2006 and ordered INEC to conduct a re-run election within 30 days.

The judgment was based on the retrial of the case filed by Mr Kamoru Akanbi (AC) against the declaration of Bello (PDP) as the winner by INEC.

The Court of Appeal in Ibadan had set aside the judgment of the Justice Thomas Naron-led tribunal on the April 14, 2007 House of Assembly election.

Bello thanked all who showed concern about the judgment of the tribunal, adding that he remained the Speaker of the House until the Court of Appeal proves otherwise.

“I believe the appellate court will no doubt see the case differently and positively,” he said.

Meanwhile no date has been fixed for the hearing of the appeal.
Source – NAN


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