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Appeal Court upturns Tribunal judgment, affirms election of sacked PDP Reps member

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The Court of Appeals in Akure, Ondo State, has affirmed the election of a member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Bamidele Salam.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that Salam, who won on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), represents Ede North, Ede South, Egbedore, Ejigbo, the federal constituency of the state of Osun in the lower house of the National Assembly.

The appeals court confirmed its victory in the February 23 poll in a unanimous decision of three judges read by Judge Muhammed Danjuma on Friday in the state capital of Ondo.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that The decision of the Electoral Petitions Court issued on September 2 that ordered a new election in 12 voting units of the constituency was annulled.

Salam’s victory was questioned by Adejare Bello, of the All Progressive Congress (APC), who secured the initial success in the Court that was in Osogbo, the capital of the state of Osun.

However, the appeals court ruled that the Court made a legal error when it held that there was an excessive vote in the affected voting units that required a supplementary election to decide a winner.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that He affirmed that the Court erroneously applied the provisions of the Electoral Law in determining excessive voting since the records presented above did not prove the petitioner’s allegations.

The Court also held that the Court should have taken into account the fact that the PDP candidate led with 1,710 votes, even after the unlawful cancellation of votes in the 12 affected voting units, instead of ordering a new election.

Reacting to the trial, Salam dedicated the victory to God and the people of good conscience in the country.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that He admitted that it was quite challenging to have gone through all the stress, but insisted that it was for a purpose that God knew.

“I can only show my gratitude to God and my constituents by dedicating myself again to a greater, better, and tireless selfless service,” said the legislator.