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Court reverses INEC disqualification of SDP candidate in Kogi

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A Federal Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday reversed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) disqualification of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) governorship candidate in Kogi State, Mrs. Natasha Akpoti.

The court’s ruling came just nine days to the governor election in Kogi State.

The state governorship election takes place on November 16.

The court presided over by Justice Folashade Ogunbanjo-Giwa, in a ruling on Thursday, held that INEC acted outside the law by disqualifying the party and its candidate ‎for the poll.

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According to the judge, INEC lacks the power to disqualify any candidate for an election without first obtaining a court order to that effect.

Consequently, Justice Ogunbanjo-Giwa ordered the Commission to include SPD’s logo on the ballot papers

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