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Tribunal confirms Isaac Alfa’s Election as PDP Senator

by on January 20, 2017
 

The National Assem­bly Election Peti­tion Tribunal sit­ting in Jabi, FCT Abuja on Wednesday struck out the petition brought before it by the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the 2015 general election, Alhaji Abdulra­man Abubakar, challeng­ing the election of Senator Isaac Alfa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Abdulraman, a former Senator, had approached the Tribunal, challenging the rationale behind delist­ing his party (APC)’s logo from the rerun election held in June 2016.

In the petition filed on behalf of Alhaji Abdulra­man and his party, APC, by his counsel, S.P. Aruwa (Esq.), the Petitioner chal­lenged the Independent National Electoral Com­mission (INEC) for ex­cluding him from the re­run election.

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While delivering judge­ment on the petition, the Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice C. I. Nwobodo said the tribunal lacked the ju­risdiction to entertain the matter, being a pre-elec­tion one.

Justice Nwobodo also said the petition lacked merit as, it was not the PDP or its candidate, Alfa, that excluded the APC or its candidate from partici­pating in the rerun elec­tion.

It could be recalled that Alhaji Abdulraman Abubakar contested the seat of Senate to represent the people of Kogi East on the platform of APC in March 2015 and won.

His election was however challenged at the tribunal by the PDP and its candi­date on the ground that he was not qualified to run as at the time of the election.

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Having been disquali­fied by the tribunal and his election annulled, the Court of Appeal also up­held the decision of the Tribunal, calling for a re­run election, with the ex­clusion of the APC.

Senator Alfa, the authen­tic candidate of the PDP, therefore, participated in the rerun election of 2016 and defeated other contes­tants.

Reacting to the judge­ment of the Tribunal on Wednesday, the counsel to Senator Alfa, Reuben Egwaba said the ruling was for the best interest of the people of Kogi East.

According to him, the victory at the tribunal was a victory for democracy and the rule of law.

On the current imbro­glio between Senator Isaac Alfa and Attai Aidoko at the Senate, the learned counsel urged the people of Kogi East to remain calm as the matter is before the Supreme Court, adding that “no one would pass through the back door to steal the mandate of the people”.

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He, therefore, called on the people to remain law abiding and continue to pray for the restoration of Justice and mandate.

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