The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that it will on January 25, conduct House of Representatives re-run election in three local government areas of Ogun State. The Commission made this known in a statement issued on Friday in Abeokuta by the Head of Department, Voter Education, and Publicity, INEC Office, Ogun State, Mrs. Tadese Adenike.
She said in the statement that INEC would embark on “supplementary re-run election as ordered by the Appeal Court in 13 polling units spread over three Local Government Areas in the state.”
She added that INEC’s action was ”in accordance with the provisions of Section 30 (3) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), which states that notice of Re-Run Election should be published not later than 14 days before the day appointed for holding of an election.
“Under this Act, notice is hereby given that House of Representative Election shall hold in three Federal Constituencies: Ijebu North East,(11 Units) Ijebu-Ode (1 Unit) and Odogbolu (1 Unit). The election shall hold on Saturday, January 25, from 10 am to 2 pm.
“To this end, the Independent National Electoral Commission, Ogun, on Friday, January 10, has displayed at the State Office of the Commission and the three Local Government Offices, notices of elections.”
It would be recalled that the National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abeokuta had on Sept. 9, 2019, nullified the election of Hon. Kolapo Osunsanya of the All Progressives Congress (APC) representing Ijebu Central Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, had also on Nov. 6, 2019, upheld the decision of the tribunal which had ordered a re-run election and subsequently dismissed the appeal filed by Osunsanya.