Enchantment Court docket Sacks Kwara Meeting Member, Orders Return Of Salaries
The Court docket of Enchantment, Ilorin Division, on Wednesday ordered the instant swearing-in of Raheem Agboola, the Peoples Democratic Get together candidate for the Ilorin South state constituency within the 2019 normal elections into the Kwara State Home of Meeting.
The appellate courtroom dismissed the movement filed by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress within the election, Azeez Elewu, and declared that the APC had no candidate within the election.
The attraction courtroom in November final yr had earlier declared Agboola because the winner of the Ilorin South constituency of the Kwara State Home of Meeting election held on March 10, 2019 and ordered the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee to challenge certificates of return to the PDP candidate within the election.
The appellate courtroom additionally ordered that Elewu and his social gathering ought to pay a wonderful of N50,000.
However the Speaker of the Kwara State Home of Meeting, Yakubu Danladi, refused to swear in Agboola, who’s the one member of the opposition social gathering within the APC-dominated Meeting, as he insisted that Elewu, the substituted candidate of the APC within the Home of Meeting election, was not joined in case that challenged the election outcome on the election petitions tribunal.
Because of this, the Speaker and the APC headed to the Federal Excessive Court docket to file a petition in opposition to the judgment of the Enchantment Court docket which was subsequently dismissed by the courtroom whereas one other attraction was filed on the matter.
The attraction courtroom in deciding the case arrange a particular panel of three Justices to look into the case.
Studying the lead judgment on Wednesday, Justice J. Onyemenan dismissed the movement filed by the 4 respondents that included Elewu, the APC, the Speaker and the Clerk of the Kwara State Home of Meeting.
The courtroom frowned on the management of the Kwara State Home of Meeting for allegedly refusing to swear within the PDP candidate because the duly elected consultant of Ilorin South Constituency within the Home, as ordered by the courtroom.
He stated that Speaker and the Clerk of the Home of Meeting had no proper to not recognise any member declared by the courtroom because the duly elected winner of an election.
Whereas Elewu was fined the sum of N200,000 by the courtroom, he was additionally directed to return all of the salaries and allowances he had collected as far as a member of the Meeting.
The courtroom additionally ordered the Speaker and the Clerk of the Meeting in addition to the APC to pay a wonderful of N300,000.
The courtroom additionally ordered that Agboola of the PDP needs to be admitted and sworn in because the duly elected member of the Home, representing the individuals of Ilorin South.