Taraba - The Elections Petitions Tribunal sitting in Jalingo on Wednesday nullified the election of the Speaker of the Taraba state House of Assembly, Abel Diah, of the Peoples Democratic Party, Thisday reports.
The tribunal ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to set aside a certificate of Return earlier issued to the speaker.
The Independent National Electoral Commission in Taraba state had earlier declared Diah, the winner of the April eleven elections for Mbamga Constituency in the state House of Assembly.
Following the pronouncement, the All Progressives Congress Candidate in the constituency, Emmanuel Bongo, went to the elections tribunal challenging the victory of the Speaker.
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The petitioner argued that elections conducted in nine polling units in Mbamga constituency were marred by enormous irregularities.
Delivering its judgment, the National and Houses of Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal ruled that elections in eight out of the nine polling units, challenged by the petitioner, were conducted against the provision of the 2010 Electoral Act.
The tribunal declared the elections inconclusive and ordered INEC to conduct fresh polls within 90 days beginning from Wednesday in the eight affected polling units.
The Rivers State House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal had three days ago voided the election of the Speaker, Owaji Ibani and 20 of his colleagues in the Rivers State House of Assembly,
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- News 24