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Kwara: PDP Lawmaker Locked Out Of Assembly

David Ugbabe

The Kwara State House of Assembly on Tuesday locked out a lawmaker, Hon Abdulraheem Agboola, who was elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and declared the winner of the Ilorin South state constituency.

According to Agboola, the order to restrain him from entering the premises was given by the Speaker, Rt Hon Yakubu Salihu.

He won his case at the Appeal Court, thereby ousting the APC lawmaker, Hassan Abdulazeez Oluwanilo, who was earlier declared winner by the INEC. This makes him the only member elected on the platform of PDP in the 24-member Assembly.

Agboola revealed that “This is our third time of coming here. Since last Thursday that the certificate was issued, they have not attended to us."

He revealed that the security personnel would not let him in.

“We got here by 8:00 am today [Tuesday], but the security personnel said the Speaker would address us when he comes. We said there’s no need for any address but entry into the House,” he said.

However, the House has responded to the matter through the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Culture and Tourism, Hon Awolola Ayokunle, stating that “a court summon joining the Speaker and the Clerk to the House in a motion on notice with No. FHC/IL/CS/157/2019, filed at the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Ilorin judicial division.

The proceedings presided over by Hon. Hassan Abdulazeez Elewu seeks to restrain the House from swearing in the PDP candidate pending the determination of the case in relation to the certificate of return issued to the PDP candidate for the Ilorin South constituency seat.

Agboola stressed that he had been declared winner after his successful election petition against the opposing party.

“I started from the tribunal. I have my certificate of return from the INEC national headquarters, Abuja. The INEC in Kwara did the official presentation," he said.

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