The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin on Monday, April 15, nullified the election of Peter Akpatason of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a member of the House of Representatives for the Akoko-Edo federal constituency. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the speaker of the Edo House of Assembly, Kabiru Adjoto, had filed an appeal against the judgment of a lower court that held and declared Akpatason as the party’s candidate in the February 23, National Assembly elections.
Adjoto claimed that he won the party’s primary election held in October 2018, but was denied the ticket by the party leadership which he alleged was also affirmed by the lower court.
The report saud Justice Moore Abraham-Adumein-led three-member tribunal gave the judgement, holding that Akpatason was not the right candidate who emerged from the party primary. It held that as a result, Akpatason was not qualified to have contested for the March 9 national assembly election.
It was learnt that the tribunal subsequently declared Adjoto, being the candidate who emerged from the party primaries, as the right candidate for the Akoko-Edo federal constituency. The court, according to the report, also nullified the decision of the APC’s National Assembly primaries election appeals committee headed by former Governor of Edo, Prof Oserheimen Osunbor. Abraham-Adumein reportedly held that the trial court ought to have heard the case brought before it “since it is its duty to do so’.