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Supreme Court affirms INEC’s excision of Benue Constituency

06 July 2015, 20:26

Abuja - The Supreme Court has affirmed the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to  remove the Otukpa Constituency seat from the Benue State House of Assembly, reports Thisday.

The Supreme Court in its ruling nullified the concurrent decisions of the Court of Appeal and Federal High Court, which had previously upturned INEC’s decision.

Delivering the lead judgment, Justice Suleiman Galadima, who presided over the seven-man panel of the apex court, struck out the suit and upheld the appeal filed by the INEC on the grounds that the plaintiffs failed to institute the suit within three months of the said excision and suppression of the constituency in 1996 but waited for 15 years to complain about the alleged wrong.

Also read: Supreme Court upholds the election of Gov Nyako

The Court, however, advised INEC not to ignore the people’s complaint.

The court’s decision has finally put to rest the move by a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Audu Ogbeh, who is now a leader in the All Progressives Congress (APC), and some other leaders in Otukpo community to get the constituency restored.

Read more at Thisday.

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