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Court nullifies PDP's Senate victory in Taraba

30 September 2015, 20:29

Abuja - The Taraba State election petition tribunal has nullified the election of the Senator Representing the Central Zone, Marafa Bashir Abba.

Delivering judgment on the petition filed by the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf, the three-man panel of the tribunal unanimously agreed Abba, the People's Democratic Party (PDP) candidate was not a valid winner of the polls held in March.

The tribunal chairman, Samson Angor, ruled that the petitioner had successfully proven that the first respondent was not elected by the majority of the electorate.

The tribunal observed that the parties concerned were not in dispute whether election was conducted in the zone and results were announced but that the point in dispute was on the way and manner the results were collated.

Angor noticed that votes in the election were swapped in favour of the PDP candidate.

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"The results were poorly collated which in turn gave PDP an upper hand"

Angor thus stressed the need for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to as a matter of urgency withdraw the certificate of return from Abba.

"Petitioner scored the highest number of vote. The declaration made in favour of the first respondent should be set aside," Angor said.

Abba's counsel, Yusuf Akirikwen hinted they might appeal.

"Definitely. We have to discuss with our client first," Akirikwen said.

State Chairman of the APC, Alhaji Jika Hassan Ardo, welcomed the ruling.

"Justice delayed is not justice denied. The judiciary has once again demonstrated that they are the last hope of the common man," said Ardo.


- CAJ News


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