Supreme Court sacks Corper Modibbo from House of Reps

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court nullified the election of a serving NYSC Corps Member and a member of the House of Representatives, Abdulkadir Modibbo.

The Court of Appeal in Yola, earlier affirmed the election of Mr Modibbo, a member of the All Progressives Congress.

Instead, the Supreme Court quashed it, and upheld an earlier decision of a federal high court which handed victory to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The battle was over the Yola South, Yola North, and Girei Federal Constituency of Adamawa State.

The Supreme court faulted the decision by the Court of Appeal which had ceded the office to another candidate of the APC, Mustapha Usman.

Earlier in the high court, the applicants had said that Mr Modibbo did not qualify to be nominated as a candidate for the APC because he was yet to complete his National Youth Service Corp and was still a serving NYSC Member.

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Also, the applicants also provided documents indicating that Mr Modibbo falsified some information submitted to INEC ahead of his election.

The high court presided by Justice Abdulaziz Anka had ruled that the applicants proved beyond reasonable doubt that Mr Modibbo should not have been fielded as a valid candidate for the party.

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The court decided that the candidate with the next highest number during the main election should be made the winner.

The PDP candidate, Jafar Suleiman, had emerged second with 48, 476 votes while Mr Modibbo polled 80, 48,476 votes.

Unhappy and not satisfied with the division, Mr Usman who emerged runner-up at the APC primary appealed the High Court decision.

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The appeal court ordered Mr Usman to replace Mr Modibbo.

Sad and aggrieved by the Court of Appeal decision, Mr Modibbo took the matter to the Supreme Court.

“The person other than these two, who scored the highest votes should be declared the winner,” the Supreme Court ruled.

A five-member panel of the Court led by Justice Ejembi Eko directed INEC to issue certificate of return to the declared winner.

Updated: July 30, 2019 — 9:58 pm

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Comrade Nnadi Goodluck

Comrade Nnadi Goodluck started writing since 2007. In 2016, he graduated from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra with a Degree in Educational Management and Policy/Health Education. He did his NYSC in Oyo state.

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