Some members of the National Assembly have been dismissed by the Court of Appeal in Abuja, while their replacements have taken over their seats in the legislature.
Notable lawmakers removed from office include former Adamawa North Senator, Elisha Abbo, Senate Minority Chief Whip, Darlington Nwokocha; and Simon Mwadkwon, who represented Plateau North in the Red Chamber.
Below are the lawmakers dismissed by the Court of Appeal.
1. Simon Mwadkwon
The Court of Appeal in Abuja on October 23 quashed the election of the Senator representing Plateau North Senatorial District in the National Assembly and the Senate Minority Leader, Simon Mwadkwon.
A three-member panel of the court of appeal ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to hold fresh elections in the district within 90 days.
The appeal was filed by Chris Giwa of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Gyang Zi of the Labor Party (LP), challenging the ruling of the petitions tribunal.
The appellants had argued that Mwadkwon was not qualified to contest the elections because the PDP did not comply with an earlier order of a Plateau High Court, which was handed down in 2020.
In its judgment, the Court of Appeal agreed that the High Court order was not fully complied with by the PDP as twelve LGAs did not participate in the said party congress.
2. Musa Kwakwaso
The Court of Appeal in Abuja has dismissed Musa Ilyasu Kwankwaso of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and declared Yusuf Umar Datti of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) as the winner of the Kura/Madobi/Garun Malam federal constituency elections.
The three-panel led by Justice Tunde Oyebamiji Awotoye held that the tribunal erred in counting the date of the applicant’s resignation from the date of his party’s primaries and misapplied Section 77 of the Electoral Act, saying that no court has jurisdiction over his party’s primaries. the question of party membership.
3. Darlington Nwokocha
The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, also dismissed Darlington Nwokocha, the Senate Minority Leader Whip, who represented Abia Central on the platform of the Labor Party (LP).
The court declared Augustinus Akobundu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the authentic winner of the February 25 election in the Senatorial District.
Akobundu, a retired colonel, is a former Minister of State for Defense and former National Organizational Secretary of the PDP.
4. Elisa Abbo
The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, has also dismissed Senator Elisha Ishaku Abbo, the lawmaker representing Adamawa North Senatorial District in the National Assembly.
The court has nullified the election of Abbo of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in favor of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Amos Yohanna.
After hearing arguments from the parties, the Court agrees with Usman that under Article 137 of the Electoral Act 2022, the results presented show that the Electoral Act has not been complied with.
The court then deducted the invalid votes of both parties and ruled that Yohanna and the PDP won the election with a majority of legal votes.
5. Jingi Rufai
An Appeal Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, also dismissed the member representing Mubi North, Mubi South and Maiha of Adamawa State in the House of Representatives, Hon. Jingi Rufai.
The court had dismissed the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 National Assembly elections, while Hon. Jaafar Magaji of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as winner of the election for the constituency and directed INEC to issue him a certificate of return.
6. Abubakar Ohere
The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal confirmed Natasha Akpoti-Uduagan (PDP) as the winner of the Kogi Central Senate elections held earlier in February.
The court has dismissed the appeal of Senator Abubakar Sadiku Ohere (APC, Kogi Central) for lack of merit.
Recall that the Kogi State Election Petition Tribunal in Lokoja had in September nullified the victory of the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Content, Ohere of the All Progressives Congress.
However, he went to the Court of Appeal to seek redress but the court rejected his appeal and confirmed Akpoti-Uduagan as the election winner.
7. Mohammed Salihu
The Court of Appeal in Abuja set aside the judgment of the National Assembly Electoral Petitions Tribunal in Yola, Adamawa State, which had upheld Mohammed Salihu as duly nominated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Recall that Salihu ran for the Girei/Yola South/Yola North Federal Constituency election in the House of Representatives and won.
The lower court had dismissed the petition filed by Abubakar Zango of the All Progressives Congress (APC) alleging that Salihu was not qualified to run for office at the time of the National Assembly elections because he allegedly had a forged primary school and birth certificates. to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Dissatisfied with the ruling, Abubakar approached the Court of Appeal seeking to set aside the verdict and declare him the duly elected Member of the House of Representatives for the disputed constituency.
The appeals court therefore dismissed Salihu and confirmed Zango as the winner of the election.
8. Napoleon Bali
The election of Senator Napoleon Bali of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau South Senatorial Constituency was also annulled by the National Assembly Electoral Petitions Tribunal in Jos, the Plateau State capital.
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The tribunal declared that former Governor Simon Bako Lalong, who contested the senatorial seat on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and emerged second, should be declared the winner.
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