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Deputy Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Christopher Adaji, has been sacked as the lawmaker representing Ohimini state constituency.

This was as a three-man panel of the Appeal Court sitting in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, on Friday, affirmed an earlier decision of the National/State House of Assembly Election Tribunal sacking the lawmaker.

The lead judge, Justice I. G. Mbaba, who delivered the judgment, said the appeal by Christopher Adaji and his party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), lacked merit.

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Justice Mbaba agreed with the decision of the tribunal that the declaration and return of Adaji by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as winner of the 2019 Ohimini State Constituency election without rerun in Otega and Ogadagba was invalid by reason of non- compliance with Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

The court further held that the finding of the tribunal had not been appealed.

“I find no merit in this appeal,” Justice Mbaba held and consequently dismissed the same.

He directed the INEC to conduct a fresh election in the two polling units within 90 days as earlier ordered by the Tribunal.

The court awarded the cost N200,000.00 only in each of the appeals against the appellants as cost.

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