Lawmaker-elect for Degema Constituency in the Rivers State House of Assembly rerun election, Farah Dagogo, has sued the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, at the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt over what he described as clandestine moves to subvert his victory at the March 19 polls.
Also joined in the suit are the Rivers State House of Assembly, Clerk of the House and the Speaker.
In an ex-parte motion filed by Counsel to the lawmaker-elect, Mr Emmanuel Ukala, SAN, Dagogo is seeking an Order of Mandamus from the court pursuant to Order 34 Rule 3(2)(a) of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2009 to compel INEC not to review the result as already announced by the retuning officer in that election.
Dagogo is also seeking “an order of injunction restraining the respondents by themselves or their servants, agents or privies from denying recognition to the applicant any rights due to him as the candidate duly elected as the member of the Rivers State House of Assembly for Degema Constituency at the election held on March 19.”
Furthermore, the lawmaker is seeking an order of court restraining the Rivers State House of Assembly, the Speaker and its Clerk from recognising any other person other than him in the Degema Constituency seat.
“A declaration that the decision of the returning officer for Degema State Constituency that declared and returned Farah Dagogo as winner is final and subject only to review of an election tribunal or court in an election proceeding under the Electoral Act.
“A declaration that INEC and the Rivers REC are not entitled to review or reverse the decision of the returning officer in line with Nigeria’s extant electoral law.
“A declaration forbidding INEC and the REC to issue Certificate of Return or give recognition to any other person for Degema constituency other than Dagogo who was declared winner of the March 19 election by the Retuning Officer for Degema Constituency.”

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