Northern Nigerian Breaking News

Kano: Yarima reclaims reps seat at Appeal Court

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, on Saturday, vacated the judgment by the National and State Houses of Assembly Tribunal which nullified the election of the lawmaker representing Tarauni Federal Constituency in Kano State, Rep Umar Mukhtari Zakari.

A three-member panel, In the lead judgment by Justice Obande Ogbuinya, held that the tribunal was wrong to have concluded that Zakari of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) forged his credentials when the petitioners failed to establish their claim to that effect.

Read Also:NDLEA responded to police inquiry on Mohbad since Sept. 28

The court upheld the arguments of counsel to Zakari and the NNPP, Mahmud Magaji, SAN, that the tribunal erred in law in reaching its decision.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Zakari was declared the winner of the election held on Feb. 25, which Ibrahim Hafiz Kawu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) challenged with a petition dated March 17.

elsamad new

Read Also:Auto crash kills12 on Obajana-Lokoja road

The petitioners had claimed that  Zakari purportedly forged the Hausawa Special Primary School certificate which he presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the grounds that the name on it was simply “Muktar Umar.”

The Court of Appeal, in its judgment, held that the respondents, who were petitioners at the tribunal, failed to prove that Zakari was not the same person who attended the school and was awarded the certificate.

Read Also:You are “shameless losers” – FG replies opposition attacking Buhari

The panel consequently set aside the judgment of the tribunal, allowed the appeal, and affirmed Zakari’s election victory.(NAN)

Comments are closed.