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Court of Appeal sacks two Imo lawmakers

Court sitting in Owerri on Saturday sacked Obinna Onwubuariri the member representing Isiala Mbano/Onuimo/Okigwe Federal constituency of Imo State in the House of representatives.

The Chairman of the Panel, Justice R.N Pemu, who read the judgment, said the election that brought Mr Onwubuariri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to power in February 23 was not in tandem with the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

The appellate court said the lower court was right to have ordered a fresh election in the federal constituency.

Pemu also said the petitioner, Miriam Onuoha of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was able to prove her allegations of over voting, mutilation of figures and violence which marred the election.

The court, therefore, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return it had earlier issued Mr Onwubuariri and conduct a fresh election in the entire federal constituency within 90 days.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the tribunal had sacked Mr Onwubuariri, but the lawmaker dissatisfied with the judgment, appealed the judgment.

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