Appeal Court Sacks Another House of Assembly Speaker

Few days after Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja sacked the Speaker Bauchi State House of Assembly, another panel on Friday nullified election of his counterpart in Kaduna, Hon. Yusuf Liman.

The Appeal Court declared victory of Hon Liman of All Progressives Congress in March 18 poll as null and void.

The Appeal Court in a judgement delivered by Justice O. O Adejumo, Justice A . O Oyetula, and Justice P. A Obiora on Friday  ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)  to conduct a rerun election in five polling units (PUs) within the Makera State constituency.

The affected polling units where the appellate court ordered rerun include Barnawa ward PU 005 and 009, Kakuri Gwari PU 006, Television Ward PU 022, and Kakuri Hausa Ward PU 045.

As it stands now, APC has 17,470 votes and the PDP polled 17,088.

The court ruled that the election of Liman was nullified on the 382 lead margin, which was less than the number of Permanent Voter Cards collected in the affected polling units.

Recall that the Kaduna State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal had on September 30, 2023, nullified the victory of Liman representing Makera State constituency and ordered a rerun in 42 polling units.

This followed a petition filed before the Tribunal by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Solomon Katuka, challenging the election of Liman.

In the petition, the PDP candidate alleged that there were gross irregularities regarding the election of Liman, arguing that he, and not Liman, actually won March 18, 2023, House of Assembly Election in Makera constituency and therefore ought to have been declared the winner.

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