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Supreme Court sacks APC Senator-elect for Niger East, David Umaru

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed an appeal by David Umaru to affirm him as the senator-elect of Niger East senatorial district.

The court in a unanimous judgement led by Ibrahim Muhammad held that Mr Umaru, who was elected on the platform of All Progressives Congress was not validly nominated by the party.

The court said it was satisfied that the appellant, Mohammed Sani, was the rightful winner of the primary election APC conducted for the senatorial district.

The aprex court set aside the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, which on eight of April affirmed Mr. Umaru as the winner of the Senatorial seat.

Consequently, the Supreme Court restored the judgement of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which declared Mr. Sani as the validly nominated candidate of the APC for the election.

The apex court ordered INEC, to without delay, issue a certificate of return to Mr. Sani as the Senator representing Niger East.

An Abuja division of the Federal High Court presided by Folashade Ogunbanjo, had in a judgement on seventh of February said that it was satisfied that Mr Umaru was not genuinely nominated by the APC.

The court declared Mr. Sani as the authentic winner of the primary election the party conducted on October 2, 2018.

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