Appeal Court Declares Election in Katsina Inconclusive, Gives Notable Order, Details Emerge

Appeal Court Declares Election in Katsina Inconclusive, Gives Notable Order, Details Emerge

  • A house of representatives hopeful in Katsina state has failed in his bid to have the verdict of the tribunal upturned
  • The aspiring federal lawmaker is the candidate of Nigeria's main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
  • The Court of Appeal consolidated the tribunal's judgement and even ordered the appellant to pay a fine to his main opponent

Legit.ng journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 6-year-experience covering politics in Nigeria

FCT, Abuja - The Court of Appeal, Abuja, has dismissed an appeal filed by Jamilu Mohammed of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against an earlier ruling of the Election Petition Tribunal.

The tribunal's ruling had declared the 2023 election conducted for Faskari/Kankara/Sabuwa Federal Constituency inconclusive.

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PDP fails with suit at Appeal Court in disputed Kankara/Faskari/Sabuwa federal constituency election. Photo credit: @NGCourtofAppeal
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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Mohammed winner of the poll. However, a ruling by the tribunal, which sat in Katsina, declared the election inconclusive and ordered INEC to conduct an election in 20 polling units of Faskari and Kankara local councils.

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Per The Nation in a report on Saturday, November 4, the appellate court in its ruling delivered by the Presiding Judge, Justice Moore Aseimo Adumein upheld the position of the Tribunal in declaring the election inconclusive while also fining Mohammed N300,000. The payment is to be paid to the All Progressives Commission (APC) candidate in the disputed election, Shehu Dalhatu Tafoki.

Tafoki is the immediate past deputy speaker of the Katsina state house of assembly.

The elections in the 20 polling units are to be conducted within 30 days.

Court gives verdict on disputed Delta election

In a piece of related news, Legit.ng reported that the Court of Appeal, Lagos division, set aside the judgement of the national assembly elections tribunal, Asaba, and affirmed the victory of Francis Ejiroghene Waive.

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The court in its judgement declared Waive as the duly-elected member representing Ughelli North, Ughelli South, and Udu federal constituency in the house of representatives in Delta state.

Ayade loses as Court of Appeal

Legit.ng also reported that the Court of Appeal Court sitting in Lagos dismissed the petition by the former governor of Cross River state, Ben Ayade, challenging the victory of Agom Jarigbe in the Cross River North 2023 senatorial district election.

The court also awarded N500,000 against the former governor, the candidate of the APC in the election, in favour of the incumbent senator.

Source: Legit.ng

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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at ridwan.adeola@corp.legit.ng.

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