– Raheem Agboola has been sworn-in by the Kwara state House of Assembly
– Agboola’s swearing ceremony was done at the Assembly chamber on Tuesday, February 9, after 14 months of a legal battle
– The lawmaker is now the only PDP member at the state legislative Assembly
The Kwara state House of Assembly on Tuesday, February 9, sworn-in Raheem Agboola as the only Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member in the 24-member legislative chamber.
The Punch reports that the All Progressives Congress (APC) won all the 24 seats in the Assembly but the election of the party’s candidate for the Ilorin South constituency was upturned by the election petition tribunal and upheld by the Court of Appeal.
Legit.ng gathered that Agboola was declared the winner of the Ilorin South constituency election in the March 10, 2019 state Assembly election by the Court of Appeal in Ilorin in November 2019.
The speaker of the House, Yakubu Danladi-Salihu, however, claimed that there were other litigations on the election.
Danladi-Salihu said that the administration of the oath of office on Agboola by the Assembly was done following the judgment of the courts.
The newspaper noted that the APC later pursued the litigation to the Supreme Court which ruled against the party and described the appeal as an abuse of court processes, imposing a fine of N300,000 on the party and its candidate, Abdulazee Elewu.
Speaking with reporters after the swearing-in, Agboola described his victory as the triumph of democracy, adding that powers that be attempted to truncate democracy in the state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that there was an abysmal scene of pandemonium as the membership registration and revalidation exercise of the APC members turned violent in Kwara state.
It was reported that the fracas, which occurred on Wednesday, February 3, began when members of two factions of the ruling party in the state clashed at the Banquet Hall of Government House in Ilorin, leading to the attacks.
In a video that has now gone viral, the aggrieved members engaged in a brawl as they failed to settle their irreconcilable difference and started to throw chairs at one another.
Witnesses said the fracas started when supporters of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq prevented state’s party chairman Bashir Bolarinwa and his followers from entering the meeting amid fears of another parallel registration exercise.