- The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin has taken a unanimous decision
- The court has removed the All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker representing Ovia South West Constituency in the Edo state House of Assembly, Sunday Aghedo
- The appellate court declared Godwin Adenomo also of the APC the winner of the election
The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin has removed the APC lawmaker representing Ovia South West Constituency in the Edo state House of Assembly, Sunday Aghedo.
According to Vanguard, the appellate court declared Godwin Adenomo also of the APC the winner of the which was held on April 11, 2015.
In the judgment delivered by Justice Moore Asiemo Adumein, the appellate court also set aside the part of the judgment of the lower court the primary election conducted by the APC held on December 2, 2014 for nominating the party’ candidate for the election.
It also granted additional reliefs soughted by the respondent as contained in paragraphs 16 (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), (h) and (I) granted in the judgment of the trial court as well as that of his reliefs in his further amendment statement of claims filed on 20, November 2015.
The court then awarded the sum of N100,000.00 against the appellant.
Adenomo scored the highest votes cast at the APC primary election for the nomination of its candidate for the election scoring 152 votes against 140 scored by Aghedo.
But his opponent’s name was forwarded as the party’s candidate for the election and the three man appeal panel set up by the party to look into his complaint upheld the decision of the party.
Dissatisfied with the decision of the party’s appeal panel, Adenomo had dragged the APC and the primary election committee to court over imposition of the sacked lawmaker as the winner of the party primaries.
He said he won the primaries but was denied the party’s ticket which was given to Aghedo.
The Federal High Court sitting in Benin in its judgement ordered the APC to conduct a fresh primary for the position but Adenomo rejected the ruling and headed for the appellate court which has now given him a favourable judgement.
Meanwhile, a Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday, March 1 dismissed an appeal filed by Gabriel Daudu, a former member of the Kogi state House of Assembly who was sentenced to 154 years imprisonment for N1.4 billion fraud.
He was convicted by a Federal High Court in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi state after a prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 208-count charge bordering on money laundering and misappropriation of public funds.