Ado, Okpokwu, Ogbadibo: Chris Abah ‘Mad Lion’ declared winner without election

A  Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the House of Representatives, Christian Adabah Abah has already secured a seat with18 days to the election by virtue of being the only candidate listed for election  as at the close of submission of list of nominated candidates by parties for Ado/Opoku/Ogbadibo Federal Constituency of Benue state. 

With the seat been  uncontested, the law permits Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)to declare the PDP candidate as the winner on the election day. 

Section 41 (1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) provides that: “If after expiration of time for delivering of nomination papers, withdrawal of candidates and the extension of time as provided for in this Act there is only one person whose name is validly nominated in respect of an election, other than to the office of the President or Governor, that person shall be declared elected.”

According to  a Decision Extract issued and signed by the Director (Commission’s Secretariat), Ishiaku A. Gali, the Commission  approved that the House of Representatives election in Ado/Opoku/Ogbadibo Federal Constituency of Benue state, being uncontested, the nominated candidate should be declared elected on the day of the election by the Returning Officer.

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