Just in: Court of Appeal sacks rep member, orders fresh elections

Just in: Court of Appeal sacks rep member, orders fresh elections

- A Court of Appeal has nullified the election of Mansir Aliyu Mashi (APC) representing Mashi/Dutsi Federal Constituency of Katsina state

- The Election Petition Tribunal ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct fresh elections in 15 polling units

- Justice Abba Aji in the judgement said, the elections in the said polling were marred with irregularities

Mansir Aliyu Mashi of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) representing Mashi/Dutsi Federal Constituency of Katsina state, in the House of Representatives has been sacked by the Court of Appeal sitting in Kaduna state, Daily Trust reports.

Legit.ng gathered that the court which affirmed the judgement of the Election Petition Tribunal, that had earlier ruled on the matter, however ordered the third respondents in the appeal, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct fresh elections in 15 polling units where the elections were either marred with irregularities or did not hold.

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Mashi's election was nullified by the Election Petition Tribunal which sat in Katsina after the by-election on the ground that election was marred with irregularities, ranging from ballot box snatching, failure of election to hold in some polling units among others and ordered fresh election in those polling units.

The presiding Judge of Court of Appeal, Kaduna, Justice Umani Abba Aji in his judgement on Friday, January 12, said, the lower tribunal was right in its rulings, which nullified the election of the first appellant, Mansir Aliyu Mashi.

Justice Abba Aji in the almost an hour judgement said, since, evidences and exhibits presented before the court have shown that, the elections in the said polling were marred with irregularities and the number of registered voters from the affected polling units if they were not disenfranchised can change the outcome of the election, the right thing to do is to have a fresh election in the polling units.

Counsel to one of the respondents, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s candidate, Nazif Bello Yusuf, Barrister Napoleon Idenala speaking shortly after the judgement, said, they were satisfied with the judgement.

Legit.ng previously reported that a Federal High Court in Abuja has set aside the judgement earlier passed that affirmed that Obiora Okonkwo who is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was the person to occupy the Anambra Central senatorial seat.

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Premium Times reports that this judgement was given on Friday, January 12, after an application by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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Source: Legit.ng

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