June 25, 2024

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Appeal Court sacks Senate minority leader

SENATOR Simon Mwadkwon, representing Plateau-north district, has lost his seat, courtesy of the Court of Appeal.
Mwadkwon of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was, until this morning, minority leader of the Senate.
A three-member panel of the appellate court ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fresh election in the district within 90 days.
The appeal was filed by Chris Giwa of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Gyang Zi of the Labour Party (LP) challenging the judgment of the petitions tribunal.
The appellants had contended that Mwadkwon was not qualified to contest the election on the grounds that the PDP failed to comply with a previous order of a Plateau State high court delivered in 2020.
In its judgment, the appellate court agreed that the high court order was not fully complied with by the PDP as 12 LGAs did not participate in the said party’s congress.
Invalid structure
“I agree with the appellants 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.”