Court orders INEC to include SDP in Kogi poll


An Abuja High Court has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to include candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Natasha Akpoti in the forthcoming November 16 governorship election in Kogi State.

INEC had refused to accept the nomination of Adams Khalid in replacement of the earlier nominated running mate, Mohammed Yakubu for Akpoti.

Yakubu was replaced on the grounds that he was not qualified to run as a deputy governorship candidate on account of his age.

Mrs Akpoti and the SDP were thus disqualified by INEC for nominating an unqualified deputy governorship candidate.

Ruling on the matter on Thursday, the court reversed the decision of the electoral body.

Justice Folashade Ogunbanjo-Giwa, held that INEC acted outside the law by refusing to accept the party and its candidate ‎for the poll.

The court further noted that INEC lacks the power to disqualify any candidate for an election without first obtaining a court order to that effect

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