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Court Sacks Labour Party Deputy Governorship Candidate

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The Deputy Governorship Candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in Benue State, Idu Christopher Onyiloyi has been sacked by a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Onyiloyi who was billed to participate in the March 11, 2023 governorship election was replaced with Ochechi Godwin Adejor by justice Inyang Ekwo.

In the suit instituted by Adejor, the presiding judge, Justice Ekwo held that Onyiloyi who personally wrote the Labour Party on the withdrawal of his candidacy and deposed to an affidavit as a legal backing ceased by law to hold the same status.

Relying on sections 221, 222 of the 1999 Constitution and sections 29, 31, 32, 33 and 84 of the Electoral Act 2022, the judge replaced Onyiloyi’s name with Adejor as the Deputy Governorship Candidate of the party.

Justice Ekwoalso ordered the Labour Party to immediately forward the name of Ochechi Adejor to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for publication as the lawful Deputy Governorship Candidate.

An order compelling INEC to publish Adejor’s name and also restrained INEC from accepting any name other than that of the plaintiff as the Deputy Governorship Candidate was issued by the court .

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