- The election petition tribunal sitting in Jos, the Plateau state capital, has sacked the speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon Moses Sule
- Danjuma Azi, representing Plateau West State constituency in the State House of Assembly, was also sacked along with the speaker
- Sule and Azi were sacked on the grounds that the PDP did not have structure and could not sponsor any candidate during the 2023 election in the state
Sule was sacked alongside another member of the house, Danjuma Azi, representing Plateau West State constituency in the State House of Assembly. Sule and Azi were members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Daily Trust reported.
However, the tribunal declared Hon. Naanlong Daniel, a former majority leader of the State House of Assembly and Hon. Mark Na’ah as the winner of the state assembly election. Daniel and Na'ah are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The petitioners challenged the victories of Sule and Azi before the tribunal on the grounds that the PDP did not have any structure to participate in the election.
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Why tribunal sacked Plateau speaker
Justice Muhammad Tukur-led tribunal, in its judgment, said that the PDP was not qualified to sponsor the candidates for the election.
According to the ruling, the PDP did not have structure, “nothing can stand on nothing”.
The tribunal further held that the PDP disobeyed the order of Justice S P Gang of Plateau State High Court delivered on November 26, 2020, which ordered the party to conduct ward congresses.
Justice Tukur said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) failed to tender any authentic document showing the party's repeated congress in 2021, as claimed by the respondents.
Tribunal sacks Enugun PDP lawmaker Mbah, orders rerun
Legit.ng earlier reported that the PDP lawmaker representing the Nkanu East state constituency in the Enugu State House of Assembly, Okey Mbah, has been sacked by the election petition tribunal.
Justice Adie Attoe Onyebueke-led three-man panel ruled that the election that produced Mbah as the lawmaker representing the Nkanu East state constituency did not follow the 2022 Electoral Act.
In the petition filed by the Labour Party and its candidate, Okwudiri Nnaji, the court ordered INEC to conduct a rerun in some polling units in the Ugbawka and Owo wards.