The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Thursday, agreed that Natasha Akpoti, the Social Democratic Party governorship candidate, should not have been excluded from the state governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Justice Folashade Ogunbiyi-Giwa, in her ruling, held that INEC had no power to disqualify any candidate from an election, adding that the power to disqualify a candidate from the poll was vested with the court of law.
The judge noted that the intention of the law was to make INEC a true unbiased umpire.
The Justice, after her address, ordered the commission to include names of the SDP governorship candidate, Akpoti, and her deputy candidate, as well as the party logo, on the ballot papers of the election scheduled to hold on November 16 in the state.
Before the court ruling, INEC had refused to accept the candidature of Akpoti and her deputy, Khalid, on account of his age before they approached the court to seek redress.