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Ondo: Tribunal sacks House of Reps member, Ikengboju Gboluga

The court of the petition of elections that met in Akure, the capital of the state of Ondo, dismissed Wednesday Ikengboju Gboluga of the People Democratic Party, PDP, as the member representing the federal constituency of Okitipupa / Irele in the House of Representatives.

The court dismissed Gboluga for his loyalty to the United Kingdom for having acquired British citizenship.

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According to the court, the petitioner, Albert Akintoye, of the All Progressive Congress (APC) had been able to prove that the defendant was a citizen of the United Kingdom and was not eligible to run for political office in Nigeria under section 66, subsection one. Of the 1999 constitution.

The three-person panel headed by Judge Nuhu Adi ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to withdraw the certificate of return from Gboluga and issue it to Akintoye.

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In reaction to his victory, Akintoye declared that it is the rule of law at work and expressed his readiness for further action on the respondents’ judgment.

However, Olumide Ogunje, Ikengboju’s lawyer, revealed that his client would appeal the ruling.