Appeal Court sacks senate minority leader, orders rerun

Sharon EboesomiOctober 22, 20231 min

The Appeal Court ordered INEC to conduct another senatorial election in Plateau North within 90 days.

The Court of Appeal has voided the election of the Senate Minority Leader, Simon Mwadkwon (PDP, Plateau North) on grounds that the party did not validly nominate him for the election.

This unanimous judgment was issued on Sunday in Abuja, by a three-member panel led by Justice Elphreda Dawodu-Williams.

The court also ordered that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conduct a fresh election in the senatorial district within the next 90 days.

Justice Dawodu-Williams said, “The court made total findings about the issue in focus.

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“To avoid anarchy, I agree with the appellants that the court must protect an order of another court.

“I agree with the appellant that the third respondent (PDP) had no valid structure and could not have claimed to have validly nominated the second respondent (Mwadkwon) for the election.

“Given the findings of this court, the appeal, therefore, succeeds as the court order was not complied with.

“The first respondent (INEC) is hereby ordered to conduct another senatorial election in Plateau North within 90 days.”

Additionally, the panel at the Appellate Court led by Justice Okon Abang also voided the election of Musa Avia representing Bassa North in the House of Representatives under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).


Sharon Eboesomi

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