Supreme Court sacks Niger State senator, David Umaru

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A judgment by the Court of Appeal in Abuja, which declared David Umaru as the rightful candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the party’s primaries has been set aside by the Supreme Court.

In a unanimous judgment delivered by a five-man panel and led by Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, the apex court held that Umaru was not genuinely nominated by his political party.

Before now, the Court of Appeal in Abuja, had declared David Umaru as the valid candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the primary election for the senatorial district.

The court however, upheld the February 9, 2019 judgment by the Federal High Court in Abuja, which declared the appellant, Mohammed Musa, winner of the primary election, having scored the highest number of votes in the primaries.

The court thereafter ordered the electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission, to immediately issue a certificate of return to Musa as the Senator representing Niger East in the National Assembly.

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