OrderPaperToday – The last few weeks have been a roller coaster ride for many supporters of political parties and politicians, both collectively and individually. While it has been exhilarating and fulfilling to some, to others, it has been a tale of woes and disappointment.
Many in this group of people – state legislators, federal lawmakers, governors and their parties – who celebrated electoral victories at the last 2019 general elections have been shown the way out by the courts, while many of those who were declared losers are now having the last laugh.
As the deadline for treating election petitions draw to a close, there has been a flurry of judgments ousting people out of office with reasons ranging from electoral malpractices to wrongful replacement of candidates by political parties, among others.
Similarly, there have also been court ordered rerun elections which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has scheduled for Saturday, 25th January, 2020.
There were 30 court-ordered parliamentary reruns and supplementary elections arising from election petitions from the 2019 elections. Two have been conducted already, which are the rerun elections of Ajaokuta federal constituency which saw Mr. Mohammed Lawal of the All Progressives Congress (APC) retaining his seat and the supplementary elections for Kogi West Senatorial District  which was won by Mr. Smart Adeyemi of the APC.
With the two listed above out of the way, 28 court-ordered elections are still pending across 11 states of the federation. They will be conducted on Saturday.
Out of the 28, 1 senatorial will be conducted for the Senate, 12 federal constituencies out of 360 will also be re-contested while 15 state assembly constituents will be going back to the polls this weekend to elect members of houses of assemblies.
The lone senatorial district affected is Akwa Ibom North West senatorial district where the minister of Niger Delta Affairs,  Godswill Akpabio, is the candidate of the APC against Senator Chris Ekpeyong of the PDP who was declared winner in February last year.

Number of whole (entire) constituencies affected stands at 6 which means elections would be conducted in all wards and local government areas of the affected constituencies. Number of constituencies affected in terms of supplementary elections is 22.

In total, 2402 polling units will be open  to voters on the 25th January, 2020, across the country. The total number of local government areas and wards affected are 33 and 222 respectively.

In Abia State, there will be reruns for 2 state assembly seats and none for the federal constituencies.
In Bauchi, no rerun for state assembly, while elections will hold for 2 federal constituencies.
Benue State has one state assembly election and none for federal constituency.
Cross River will have one election for state assembly and another for one federal constituency.
One Imo state assembly rerun election will hold on Saturday, while in the case of the federal constituencies, 2 reruns will hold.
Kaduna State assembly has 2 and none for federal constituency.
Kano State has the highest with 4 reruns for house of assembly and 3 for federal constituencies.
Niger and Ogun have 1 each for state assembly and none for any federal constituency.
Lastly, in Sokoto, 2 state assembly rerun elections will hold, with 2 for federal constituency.


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