All Nigeria Latest News reports that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, has picked up his  certificate of return as Senator of Plateau South in the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

Lalong, accompanied by some of his associates on Thursday, stormed the INEC headquarters in Abuja to pick up the certificate. The certificate was presented to him by Mohammed Haruna, a National Commissioner.

After this, he took to his Twitter handle to say, “Today I received the certificate of return at the INEC Headquarters from the National Commissioner Mohammed Haruna.”

His action shows he might quit his role as Labour minister, which has been problematic as a result of the running battle with Labour leaders, the last which led to a nationwide strike as a result of the assault on Joe Ajaero, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Owerri, Imo State.

Ironically, David Umahi, a former governor like Lalong, had quit the senate to join the cabinet of President Bola Tinubu.

The Minister, a two-term governor of Plateau State, contested but lost in the February 25, 2023 election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Napoleon Bali of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the election. Dissatisfied with the outcome, Lalong headed to the tribunal, which ruled in his favor.

In delivering the judgment, the chairman of the three-member panel, Justice Mahmoud Tukur, held that the votes scored by the PDP candidate in the election were considered wasted votes as he was invalidly nominated.

The court held that as of the time of the nomination, the PDP had no valid structure in the state.

Bali had rejected the result of the tribunal and filed an appeal.

In a judgement delivered by Justice Elfaida Williams-Dawodu, the appeal court upheld the tribunal’s verdict, saying the votes cast for the PDP candidate were unlawful.

Justice Williams-Dawodu ordered INEC to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Bali and give a fresh one to Lalong.

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