Tribunal Sacks PDP Lawmaker over UK Citizenship Allegiance

…Ask INEC to issue certificate to APC candidate

The member representing Okitipupa/Irele Federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Ikengboju Gboluga has reportedly lost his seat over an alleged allegiance to the United Kingdom.

Gboluga was Wednesday sacked by an election tribunal led by Justice Nuhu Ali in Akure, Ondo State.

Gboluga, a PDP member was sacked by the three-man panel after the petitioner, Albert Akintoye, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) allegedly proved to the tribunal that the respondent was a citizen of the United Kingdom and ineligible to run for political office in Nigeria under Section 66 sub-section (1) of the 1999 constitution.

Giving the judgment, Justice Ali directed the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to withdraw Gboluga’s certificate of return and issue same to Akintoye.

In reaction, Akintoye who expressed satisfaction by the judgment explained that it was ”rule of law at work.”

Meanwhile, Olumide Ogunje, counsel to Ikengboju, disclosed that his client will appeal the judgment.

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