The Senate Minority Leader Simon Mwadkwon’s victory in the Plateau North senatorial election on February 25 has been declared invalid by the Abuja division of the Court of Appeal.
This occurred when the Appeal Court mandated that a new election be held by the Independent National Electoral Commission, or INEC, within 90 days.
Chris Giwa of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Gyang Zi of the Labour Party (LP) both filed appeals, and the court decided on them.
The National/State Election Petitions Tribunal in Jos, Plateau State, had previously declared Mwadkwon of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to be the legitimate winner of the senatorial election. Giwa and Zi had appealed against this decision.
They claimed that Mwadkwon was ineligible to run in the election because the PDP lacked organisation.
Justice E. Daudu, who presided over the hearing, declared that the PDP had not complied fully with the High Court’s decision because 12 local government areas had not sent delegates to the party conference.
“The court made total findings with regard to the issue in focus.
“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 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 is hereby ordered to conduct another senatorial election in Plateau North within 90 days,” Daudu ruled.
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