The All Progressives Congress(APC) House of Representatives candidate in the February 23 National Assembly election in Ekiti North Federal constituency I, Mr Peter Owolabi, has petitioned the Speaker of the House, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila calling for his immediate inauguration as the rightful representative of the constituency.
Owolabi , through his lawyer, R.O. Balogun, urged the speaker to stop all salaries and allowances accruing to the present occupant of the contentious seat, Hon Kehinde Agboola, since the court of appeal had affirmed his victory in the election.
Owolabi was declared the winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, but his victory was upturned by a federal high court in Abuja, sequel to a suit filed by an aspirant, Bimbo Daramola against the conduct of the party primary.
Subsequently, the court ordered that the certificate of return issued to Owolabi be withdrawn and given same to Agboola, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, who also came second in the poll.
But Owolabi appealed the judgement and the court affirmed that the primary that produced Owolabi was valid and legal, describing him as the winner of the election.
In a letter dated June 24 and addressed to the speaker, Owolabi , urged Gbajabiamila to order the Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr Omolori, to respect the judgment of the Court of Appeal and conduct the swearing in for Owolabi pronto.
Owolabi said going by the judgement of the Court of Appeal, the purported swearing in of Hon Agboola was a nullity, urging that he should not be accorded any regards as member of the current National Assembly and no right and benefit should be extended and/or granted to him.
Attached with the letter was another document dated 3rd June, 2019 written to the Clerk of the National Assembly and the enrolled order of the judgment of the Court of Appeal delivered on 21st June, 2019 for your record and necessary action.