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Confusion in Senate as Niger South gets 2 senators

19 August 2015, 12:20

Abuja - The Senate is currently enmeshed in a crisis over the swearing in of two different persons to represent a single senatorial district, reports Daily Trust.

General Mohammed A. Garba and Mustapha Sani Mohammed, who are both claiming to have won the seat under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), have been sworn in to represent Niger South Senatorial District.

Garba was sworn in when the Senate was inaugurated on June 9 while Mustapha was sworn in last Wednesday by Senate President Bukola Saraki for the same seat.

Also read:Full list of newly-elected Senate members of the National Assembly

The dispute over the seat started during the party’s nomination process.

Mustapha was first nominated as the APC candidate, but when his membership of the party was challenged, his name was reportedly substituted with that of Garba, who won the general election and was sworn in at the senate’s inauguration.

Mustapha, however, approached the Appeal Court, insisting that he was the legally elected senator as he was the original nominee of the party.

The case was still in court before Mustapha was sworn in last Wednesday.

Read more at Daily Trust.


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