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Court sacks Adamawa speaker as PDP senatorial candidate

A Federal High Court in Yola, Adamawa State, has nullified the election of the Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, Aminu Iya-Abbas as the…

A Federal High Court in Yola, Adamawa State, has nullified the election of the Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, Aminu Iya-Abbas as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Adamawa Central Senatorial District. 

In his ruling on Monday, Justice Abdulaziz Anka voided the senatorial primary for Adamawa Central conducted by the PDP. 

The suit was filed by Awwal Tukur, son of the former chairman of the PDP, Bamanga Tukur and five other aspirants. 

They are Barrister D. D. Azura, Mohammed Modibbo, Ibrahim Mustapha, Ibrahim Abubakar and Abdullahi Prembe. 

Anka ruled that the participation of the fourth defendant, Awwal Tukur, the Chairman, Governing Council of Adamawa State University, being a government appointee contravened the Electoral Act 2022 and therefore rendered the process null. 

He said the party would not be able to field a candidate for the 2023 general election because of substantial non-compliance with the Electoral Act 2022. 

Reacting to the judgement, counsel to the speaker, Barrister Shaver Tersoo said the speaker might file an appeal after studying the judgement and due consultation with his legal team.