JUST IN: Appeal Court Declares Kogi East Senatorial Seat Vacant
The Court of Appeal in Abuja has declared the seat for the Kogi East senatorial district vacant.
The judgment was delivered on Monday by Justice Abdul Aidoko on a pre-election matter instituted before the court.
Two Peoples Democratic Party members, Attai Aidoko and Isaac Alfa, are claiming to be the authentic candidate of the party in a rerun election conducted on July 24, 2017.
The All Progressives Congress did not take part in the election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared a former Chief of Air Staff and a member of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), retired Air Vice-Marshal Isaac Alfa, as winner of the re-run election held at the senatorial district.
According to INEC, Alfa scored 57, 575 votes to defeat five other candidates.
Aidoko, however, went to court to challenge the decision of the PDP to field Alfa.
He claimed he won the primary and should have been the party’s candidate in the election.
The court ruled in his favour and ordered Alfa to vacate the seat.
But the Appeal Court on Monday ruled that the Certificate of Return issued to Aidoko is no longer valid.
The judge also ordered that the senator should cease from parading himself as a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as his seat has been declared vacant.
The judge said Aidoko was sacked on grounds that he was not dully elected in the PDP senatorial primary that was conducted in Idah in 2014.
The judge ordered the parties involved in the Senatorial seat judicial tussle to return to the Federal High Court to properly prove their case.
Consequently, Justice Aboki said the seat would remain vacant pending the determination of the case at the Federal High Court.
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