Court Verdict: INEC issues Certificate of Return to Ilorin South PDP candidate, Agboola

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has finally
issued a certificate of return to Hon. Abdulraheem Agboola, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party at the Ilorin South state
constituency election held on March 10th, 2019.
The certificate of return was issued to Agboola at the INEC
headquarters in Abuja.
However, the official presentation, according to Agboola and INEC
sources, will be held at the INEC Ilorin headquarters Thursday
(today), December 5th, 2019.
The development comes after Justice Hamman Barkar Hkawu of the Court
of Appeal sitting in Ilorin sacked delivered a judgement sacking the
APC lawmaker, Abdulazeez Oluwanilo, and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue the PDP candidate a Certificate
of Return.
The court based its decision on the disputed APC’s primaries which
produced Suleiman Abdulsalam popularly known as Sule Cement, who was
later replaced with 28-year-old Abdulazeez Oluwanilo.
The Appeal court held that APC had no valid candidate for the 2019
House of Assembly elections and thereby declared the candidate with the second highest votes, which is the PDP candidate , Abdulraheem
Agboola as the winner of the election.
The PDP candidate had challenged the eligibility of APC candidate and
his party nomination process at the tribunal.

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