The Senate has welcomed a new member from the Adamawa North Senatorial District. Amos Yohanna, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was sworn in to replace the former Senator, Abbo, who was ousted by the Court of Appeal.
The Deputy Senate President, Jibrin Barau, oversaw the swearing-in ceremony during a plenary session. This change in representation came about following the Appeal Court’s decision to sack Abbo, who was a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Court of Appeal, located in Abuja, rendered its judgment by ordering the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue a Certificate of Return to Amos Yohanna, recognizing him as the duly elected lawmaker for the region in the National Assembly. This decision overturned the earlier ruling by the tribunal, which had affirmed Abbo’s victory in the senatorial election.
It’s worth noting that INEC had initially declared Abbo the winner of the parliamentary election that took place on February 25, 2023. However, the PDP, with Amos Yohanna as its candidate, disputed the outcome of the election at the tribunal, but their petition was dismissed. Unwilling to accept this verdict, Yohanna, through his legal counsel, Johnson Usman, SAN, decided to pursue the matter in the Court of Appeal.
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The Court of Appeal carefully considered the arguments presented by both parties and concluded that, in accordance with Section 137 of the Electoral Act, 2022, the election results did not adhere to the Electoral Act’s stipulated standards. Consequently, the court subtracted the invalid votes from both sides and determined that Yohanna and the PDP had won the election with a majority of lawful votes.
Despite the court’s decision, Senator Abbo expressed his dissatisfaction, describing it as an affront to democracy. However, he urged his supporters to remain calm in the wake of these developments.
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