From: ABBA BASHIR, Ifeoma Nwovu
The Court of Appeal in Abuja, has nullified the victory of the Senate Minority Leader, Simon Mwadkwon, in the February 25 senatorial election in the Plateau North Senatorial District.
A three-member panel of the appellate court, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, to within 90 days, conduct a fresh election in the senatorial district.
The court gave the verdict while ruling on the appeal filed by Mr Chris Giwa of the All Progressives Congress and Mr Gyang Zi of the Labour Party.
Giwa and Zi had appealed against the judgment of the elections petitions tribunal in Jos, Plateau State which, affirmed Mwadkwon of the Peoples Democratic Party as the winner of the senatorial poll.
The appellants had contended that Mwadkwon was not qualified to stand for an election as his party, the PDP, which nominated him during the election, had no structure to do so, having not complied with an earlier high court order for the party to conduct a proper state congress.
Justice Oluwayemisi Williams-Daudu, who read the lead judgment of the appellate court, held that the high court order was not fully complied with by the PDP as 12 Local Government Areas did not participate in the said congress.