The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, has sacked Abubakar Suleiman from his seat as a member representing Ningi Central Constituency in Bauchi State’s Ningi Local Government Area.
The appellate court ordered a rerun in ten polling units in the constituency in its verdict on Friday.
Suleiman is the immediate past Chairman of Nigeria’s Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures, according to African Gazette.
Professor Shuaibu Muhammad, the Returning Officer for the Independent National Electoral Commission, pronounced him the winner of the March 18th Ningi Central Constituency election.
Suleiman, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, defeated his nearest challenger, Khalid Abdulmalik-Ningi of the All Progressives Congress, who received 15, 065 votes, and Danlami Bara’u of the New Nigeria People’s Party, who received 4,886 votes.
But, dissatisfied with INEC’s announcement of the election results, Abdulmalik-Ningi petitioned the Governorship and State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal in the State for redress.
However, the Tribunal dismissed his plea and upheld Suleiman’s victory for a second term in government.
The APC candidate, who was also dissatisfied with the decision, appealed to the Court of Appeal.
The appellate court’s three-judge panel overturned the tribunal’s decision and ordered a rerun on Friday.
Meanwhile, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Abdul Burra, Abubakar Suleiman dismissed the judgment as a little political setback that is nothing new in politics.
Despite the fact that the verdict was unfavorable, he urged his followers to remain calm.
‘Court of Appeal’s judgment on Ningi Central Constituency: Bauchi Speaker urges calm and confidence in the rematch.
“Following the Court of Appeal ruling in Abuja today that set aside the judgment of the Election Petition Tribunal that affirmed the election of Speaker of Bauchi State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Abubakar Y. Suleiman, as a member representing Ningi Central ordered a rerun in ten polling units, the speaker urges his supporters and all people of the constituency to remain calm.
“He said that although the judgment is unfavourable, as a Muslim he believes in all fates, thus he accepts the judgment in good faith.
“While describing the judgment as a minor political setback which is not new in his political career, the Speaker said that he is ever ready for the rerun election to add to the almost two thousand votes margin he gave his opponent.
“Rt. Hon. Abubakar Y Suleiman states that the support and solidarity he has been enjoying in Ningi remain intact and no amount of effort to pull him down will succeed, adds that conducting a rerun in ten polling units that are his stronghold is just like a walkover, wondering why his opponents insisted on extending their pain of election defeat.
“He said that with the unprecedented infrastructural development initiated by Governor Bala Abdulkadir Muhammad in Ningi Local Government Area, PDP remains unbeatable in Ningi,” the statement said.