9 major APC lawmakers who have lost at appeal courts
Nigeria’s 2019 elections have been concluded and winners have been announced but appeal courts are still hearing the petitions filed by candidates who were not satisfied with the outcome of some of the poll’s results.
Significantly, the ‘election VAR’, that’s the appeal courts, has been handing out some landmark rulings.
Some candidates declared by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) as winners have had their elections upturned by the court while some got theirs affirmed.
Abdulmumin Jibrin, a House of Reps member representing Kiru/Bebeji Constituency in Kano was sacked on Friday, November 1, by the appeal court and a fresh election was ordered within 90 days.
His election was challenged by Aliyu Datti Yako, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Alhaji Bala Hassan, representing Sokoto North/Sokoto South Federal Constituency, has also been sacked by the appeal court.
His election was challenged by the candidate of the PDP, Abubakar Abdullahi.
The Court of Appeal also ordered INEC to conduct rerun election within 90 days.
Mohammed Lawal has equally been sacked as the lawmaker representing Ajaokuta Federal Constituency, Kogi state, in the House of Representatives.
Lawal’s election was challenged by the PDP’s candidate, Aloysius Okino.
The appeal court sitting in Abuja ordered INEC to conduct rerun elections in 21 polling units in the constituency.
This is a bit different. The PDP candidate, Hon. Ikengboju Gboluga, was actually declared the winner by INEC.
But in a surprise ruling, the election tribunal sacked Gboluga and declared the APC candidate, Albert Akintoye, as the winner.
The tribunal sacked Gboluga for having dual citizenship, that is, for swearing to an oath of allegiance to the United Kingdom (UK).
However, the Court of Appeal later upturned the tribunal judgment and ordered INEC to issue Certificate of Return to Akintoye after withdrawing same from Gboluga.
The appeal court ruled that a Nigerian citizen by birth cannot be disqualified from contesting elections because he acquired additional citizenship of other countries to which he swore an oath of allegiance.
Senator Abubakar Tambuwal’s election was equally nullified by the appeal court. The court subsequently ordered the return of the PDP candidate, Ibrahim Danbaba, as the Senator representing the constituency.
The appeal court also nullified Shehu’s election and ordered the return of PDP’s Balarabe Kakale for the House of Representatives.
The election of Alhassan Doguwa, the majority leader of the House of Representatives, has also been nullified by the appeal court.
Doguwa was sacked just as the court ordered a fresh election. His election was challenged by PDP’s Yusha’u Salisu.
The Court of Appeal declared James Manager the winner of the Delta South Senatorial District election, voiding the judgement of the tribunal which had nullified Manager’s election and ordered a rerun.
In a judgement which has been described as shocking, the Court of Appeal sacked the spokesman of the Nigeria Senate, AdedayoAdeyeye, as the lawmaker representing Ekiti South senatorial district.
The court declared Senator Biodun Olujimi of the PDP winner of the election.
Meanwhile, apparently determined to reconcile its aggrieved members which led to some needless defeats, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the APC has adopted the recommendation of the national caucus that President Muhammadu Buhari should constitute a national reconciliation committee.
‘Nigerians have comprehensively rejected PDP’