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JUST IN: Court nullifies Ebonyi local council election

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Justice Rilman Fatun of the Federal High Court, Abakaliki, on Thursday, nullified the Ebonyi State local council election.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) won all the 13 chairmanship and 171 councillorship seats in the election held on July 30.

However, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rejected the outcome of the election and accused the Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commission (EBSIEC) of manipulating the process in favour of the ruling party.

Some members of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) also boycotted the election over the N1 million and N200,000 nomination fees for the chairmanship and councillorship seats respectively.

The group, thereafter, approached the court in suit No. FHC/AI/CS/151/2022 to nullify the exercise.

READ ALSO: APC sweeps Ebonyi local council election

In his ruling on the application, the judge held that the election violated the provisions of the 2022 Electoral Act.

He also described the exercise as undemocratic and unlawful.

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