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Court of Appeal Abuja sacks Bauchi Speaker, Orders Rerun in 10 Polling Units

By Abdulwahab Muhammad, Bauchi

The Federal Court of Appeal, sitting in Abuja, has sacked the Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Abubakar Yakubu Suleiman, from his seat as the member representing Ningi Central Constituency of Bauchi State , orders for rerun in 10 Polling units.

The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC declared Abubakar,

Of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP winner of the Ningi Central Constituency election held on March 18th, having scored with 16, 866 votes to defeat his closest rival, Khalid Abdulmalik-Ningi of the All Progressives Congress, who scored 15, 065 votes.

Not satisfied with INEC's declaration of the results of the election, Abdulmalik-Ningi, of APC challenged the declaration of Abubakar before the Governorship and State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal . But the Tribunal dismissed his case and affirmed the victory of Abubakar for a second term in office.

The APC candidate was also not satisfied with the Tribunal judgment, he went to the Court of Appeal to challenge the Tribunal's ruling. And in its judgment today Friday, the Appellate Court's three-man panel, set aside the judgment of the Tribunal and ordered for a rerun in 10 Polling units.

Abubakar, was the immediate past Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria, 

Reaction to the judgement the Speaker, in a statement sent to reporters by his media aide Abdul Burra, described the judgment as a minor political setback which is not new to politics, adding that although the judgment is unfavourable, he however called on his supporters to remain calm.

Abubakar said: "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 member representing Ningi Central and ordered 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.

 Abubakar said 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.

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