Asaba – Member representing Aniocha/Oshimili Constituency at the House of Representatives, under the platform of Labour Party, Rt Hon. Ngozi Lawrence Okolie has reacted to his sack by the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Asaba, Delta State capital, calling on his supporters to remain calm.
In a judgment on Monday, July 24, the tribunal held that the Labour Party did not duly sponsor Okolie as he was not a party member as of May 28, 2022, when the primary was purportedly held.
The tribunal declared the runner-up in the February 25, 2023, National Assembly, Ndudi Elumelu of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), as the winner.
Rt. Hon. Okolie said he will be appealing the ruling and assured his supporters that nobody will take the mandate they freely gave to him through the backdoor.
“My lawyers have briefed me about the Judgement of the Tribunal earlier today. I plead with all my supporters and sympathizers to remain calm and keep hope alive. Ngozi Okolie is not the person on trial, but our democracy and judiciary.
“Thank God there is an opening for appeal and afterwards God is the final Judge. I have briefed my Lawyers to do the needful. NOBODY will take the mandate of the Aniocha/Oshimili people from the back door. We shall overcome.