- INEC has declared that three political parties would contest Niger rerun
- The electoral umpire removed APC from the contesting parties
- Kasimu Danjuma, the APC lawmaker was sacked by the tribunal over alleged forged documents
The All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate for the rerun in Magama/Rijau federal constituency in Niger state have been excluded from the poll.
Premium Times reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed February 6, 2021, for the rerun.
Legit.ng gathered that the spokesperson of INEC, Festus Okoye, in a statement issued on Thursday, December 17, said only three candidates would run in the poll.
He said the parties included the African Democratic Congress (ADC), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
INEC said the re-run election followed the Court of Appeal's affirmation of the election petition tribunal’s nullification of Kasimu Danjuma of the APC as the winner of the seat.
The election petitions tribunal in its judgement delivered on September 12, disqualified Danjuma and nullified his election.
In its ruling, the Court of Appeal on November 17, affirmed the judgement of the tribunal and ordered INEC to conduct a re-run election within 90 days from the date of the judgment.
Okoye, however, said the fresh nomination of candidates would not be allowed in a court-ordered re-run election.
He also noted that Danjuma’s election was nullified on the ground that he submitted forged documents to INEC and had nothing to do with any infraction by the electoral commission.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the APC rejected the outcome of the by-election in Bakura Constituency in the state House of Assembly in Zamfara state.
It was reported that the opposition party in the northern state also claimed that the police and the INEC deliberately neglected their duties during the election, which, in its view, led to a lot of irregularities, vote-buying, ballot snatching, voter intimidation and rigging.
The party, therefore, sued the commission and Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu.
The chairman of the party's publicity committee, Ibrahim Muhammad Birnin Magaji, made this position known on Thursday, December 10.
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