COURTROOM NEWS 14/09/2023
Appeal Court Reverses Elumelu’s Victory
The Court of Appeal Abuja has set aside the judgment by the National and State Houses of Assembly Election Tribunal in Asaba delivered on July 24, which declared Ndudi Elumelu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as winner of the last election for Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency of Delta State.
In two judgments, the appellate court declared Ngozi Okolie of the Labour Party (LP) as winner of the election.
It faulted the tribunal for voiding Okolie’s election and proceeded to dismiss the petition filed by Elumelu before the trial tribunal and on which the voided judgment was given.
The Court agreed with counsel to the Labour Party, Mahmud Magaji, that contrary to the finding of the tribunal, Okolie was duly nominated and sponsored by his party and that he resigned his appointment as a Senior Special Assistant to Delta State Government as required by the Constitution.