Tri­bunal bans Plateau law­maker from con­test­ing elec­tion

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Hir Joseph, Jos

The Na­tional and State House of As­sem­blies Elec­tions Pe­ti­tions Tri­bunal yes­ter­day black­listed the law­maker rep­re­sent­ing Lang­tang-South in the Plateau State House of As­sem­bly (PSHA), Vin­cent Bu­lus, from con­test­ing fu­ture elec­tions.

The tri­bunal also or­dered the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) to con­duct a fresh elec­tion into the seat within 90 days, in a judg­ment it de­liv­ered in a pe­ti­tion filed by the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) can­di­date, Jack­son Dan­ladi.

Bu­lus won the elec­tion on the plat­form of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP).

Dan­ladi had pe­ti­tioned the tri­bunal, al­leg­ing that the law­maker was not fit to vie for the elec­tion as he is an ex­con­vict.

Chairperson of the tri­bunal, Jus­tice Lanre Ak­eredolu, said the re­spon­dent was not qual­i­fied to con­test the elec­tion hav­ing been con­victed of an of­fence in line with Sec­tion 107(1)(d) of the 1999 con­sti­tu­tion as amended.

She said, “The re­spon­dent hav­ing been con­victed of an of­fence in­volv­ing fraud and dis­hon­esty by a court of law was not qual­i­fied to con­test the elec­tion into the Plateau State House of As­sem­bly to rep­re­sent Lang­tang South con­stituency.

“That the elec­tion and re­turn of the first re­spon­dent as mem­ber of Plateau State House of As­sem­bly to rep­re­sent Lang­tang South is a nul­lity.”

How­ever, the tri­bunal while ob­serv­ing that the pe­ti­tioner ob­tained the sec­ond high­est num­ber of votes, how­ever held that the only or­der she could give was for a fresh elec­tion to be con­ducted into the con­stituency.

Also the tri­bunal up­held the elec­tion of the Speaker of the state House of As­sem­bly, Mr. Pe­ter Azi of the APC.

Gov Aminu Bello Masari

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