UPDATED: Appeal Court sacks house leader Nasir Ayitogo

Gbeleyi Abayomi

The court of of appeal in kaduna as nullified the election of the house of reps leader, Alhassan Doguwa representing Tudunwada/Doguwa Federal Constituency.

In a report credited to the Daily Nigerian newspaper, the appellate court in a unanimous judgement nullified the entire election in the two local government areas Mr Doguwa represents.

The judgement delivered by Oludotun Adefope-Okojie, ordered fresh elections in the constituency.

This judgement is coming days after another ranking House of Reps member from Kano, Abdulmumin Jibrin, was also sacked by the appeal court.

Just like Mr Doguwa, the court ordered a fresh election in the two local governments of Kiru and Bebeji which constitutes Mr Jibrin’s federal constituency.

It would be recalled that the National Assembly election tribunal had earlier dismissed a petition filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Yusha’u Salisu, against Mr Doguwa’s election for failure to prove allegations of irregularities and over-voting in the election.

However, the Court of Appeal judges said they wondered how the tribunal arrived at the conclusion that PDP and its candidate had failed to prove their case.

While setting aside the tribunal judgement, the court nullified the entire election in the two local government areas Mr Doguwa represents, saying the whole process was marred by irregularities.

The appellate court held that the entire election could not stand as Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had omitted other parties from the final declaration of the result.

The court said INEC made a ‘substantial breach’ by writing the results of only two of the 53 parties that participated in the election in Form EC 8 (II) E.

The court therefore ordered INEC to conduct fresh election within 90 days in the entire constituency.

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