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New Ekiti lawmaker writes speaker, demands swearing in

The Independent National Electoral Commission has given a Certificate of Return to Mr. Toyin Obayemi as a member of Ekiti State House of Assembly.

The Independent National Electoral Commission has given a Certificate of Return to Mr. Toyin Obayemi as a member of Ekiti State House of Assembly.
He has therefore sent a letter to the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr. Kolawole Oluwole, on the need for him to be sworn in.
Obayemi was declared the sole candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the April 11, 2015 general election by Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti, on July 4, 2016.
The court said that the election of Mr. Musa Arogundade of the PDP, representing Ado Constituency 1 in the Ekiti State House of Assembly, was invalid.
It, therefore, declared Obayemi of the same party the validly elected candidate.
Obayemi had approached the court to challenge the substitution of Odunayo Talabi with Arogundade who served as his (Obayemi’s) agent during the November 29 2014 PDP primary election.
Defendants in the suit were the INEC(1st), Talabi(2nd) , PDP (3rd) and Arogundade (4th).
Talabi, who won the shadow election in which Obayemi came second was allegedly disqualified for certificate falsification.
In his judgement, Justice Taiwo Taiwo berated the PDP for fraudulently acquiring the judgement before Justice Evoh Chukwu, who is now late, of the Federal High Court in Abuja through which Arogundade was fielded as replacement to Talabi in Ado constituency 1.
The commission, while handing over the certificate to Obayemi, at its national headquarters in Abuja, said it was obeying the judgement of the court.
INEC’s Commissioner in charge of Publicity and Voter Education, Mr. Solomon Shoyebi, who performed the duty on behalf of the commission, called on politicians to play to the rule of the game.

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