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Court sacks Bauchi lawmaker

| June 26, 2012 More

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Written by Saliu Gbadamosi


Tuesday, 26 June 2012

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A Federal High Court sitting in Bauchi, on Monday, sacked a member of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, representing Toro/Jama’a, Alhaji Tukur Ibrahim, declaring that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was wrong in substituting the winner of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) primary election held on January 11, 2011 with Ibrahim.

The member, who contested on the ticket of the CPC, was dragged to court along with INEC by Alhaji Yahaya Ishaq Umar and the CPC, claiming that Alhaji Umar won the party’s primary election conducted on January 11, 2011 with 240, which was the highest number of votes, only for the electoral body to substitute his name with that of Ibrahim a few days to the April 2011 elections.

The plaintiffs said this was contrary to Sections 33 and 35 of the 2010 Electoral Act as amended, while asking the court to declare Umar as the  winner of the party’s primary election and that INEC has no right to substitute Umar’s name with that of anybody’s, including  Ibrahim.

Delivering his judgment on the matter, Justice Mohammed Tsoho Salihu, upheld the claim of the plaintiffs that the first plaintiff, Alhaji Umar, won the CPC primary election held in January, 2011, declaring that the electoral umpire could not validly, legally and lawfully substitute his name with that of any other person.


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