The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has withdrawn the certificate of return of the All Progressives Congress, APC, lawmaker representing Okitipupa Constituency ll at the Ondo state House of Assembly, Sani Akinwunmi.
The certificate of return has however been issued to the supposed winner of the APC assembly primary election, James Ololade-Gbegudu, as the lawmaker representing the constituency.
INEC’s decision was in line with the judgement of an Ondo State High Court, which in May 2019, declared Gbegudu as the winner of the party’s primary conducted on October 5, 2018.
Presenting the certificate of return to Gbegudu at the Commission’s headquarters, Alagbaka, Akure, the INEC Chairman Professor Yakubu Mahmood said a letter had been issued to Akinwumi to vacate the seat with immediate effect while the certificate of return earlier issued to him had since been withdrawn.
Yakubu represented by the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ondo state, Ambassador Akeju, disclosed that the Speaker and the Clerk of the state House of Assembly had been notified through a letter to comply with the development.
Commenting on the development, Gbegudu expressed delight that truth had prevailed after several months of injustice to his ambition to represent his people at Okitipupa Constituency ll, and promised to serve his constituents diligently.