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On Tuesday, the Court of Appeal sitting in Illorin sacked one of the All Progressives  Congress Lawmakers in Kwara State House of Assembly and pronounced Abdulraheem Agboola, the candidate for Illorin South State Constituency representing the Peoples Democratic Party as the winner of the election.

The verdict, which was given by Justice Hamman Barkar Hkawu, sacked the one-out-of 24 APC lawmakers, Abdulazeez Oluwanilo, and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue the PDP candidate a Certificate of Return.

The court arrived at it’s conclusion based on the popular dispute during the APC primaries which produced Suleiman Abdulsalam popularly known as Sule Cement, who was later replaced with 28-year-old Abdulazeez Oluwanilo.

The Appeal court held that APC had no valid candidate for the 2019 House of Assembly elections and declared the candidate with the second highest votes, which is the PDP candidate, Abdulraheem Agboola as the winner of the election held on March 10th, 2019.

The PDP candidate had challenged the eligibility of APC candidate and his party nomination process at the tribunal.

It would be recalled the election tribunal had earlier ordered for fresh election in Ilorin South constituency.

In a statement issued in Ilorin, the Kwara PDP chairman, Kola Shittu described the court’s ruling as a victory for democracy and the rule of law.

Shittu commended Agboola for his resilience and determination to pursue justice to a logical end, and also hailed the Appeal Court justices for setting aside interests of manipulative forces and ensuring that justice was duly served.

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