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NASS members risk losing seats over dual citizenship

Several lawmakers with dual citizenship risk losing their seats following a recent ruling by an Ondo State Election Petitions Tribunal.

The tribunal on July 31, 2019, sacked Mr Ikengboju Gboluga, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party representing Okitipupa/Irele Federal Constituency of Ondo State for having dual citizenship and thereafter ordered that Mr Albert Akintoye of the All Progressives Congress be issued the Certificate of Return by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The tribunal headed by Justice Nuhu Adi ruled that Gboluga was not eligible to contest the 2019 National Assembly election, having admitted in his INEC Form CF001 that he had “voluntarily acquired the citizenship of the United Kingdom” and had sworn allegiance to the country.

4 Senators and 9 HoR have indicated having dual citizenship in their INEC forms, according to an APC channel on Telegram.