Tribunal sacks Niger APC lawmaker over age


The Niger State National and State Assembly Elections Petitions
Tribunal, sitting in Minna, on Tuesday nullified the election of Murtala
Badaru of the , representing Suleja, in the
Niger State House of Assembly.

CRYSTAL correspondent reports that the petitioner,
Shaibu Iya, of the
Peoples Democratic Party, had challenged the election
of Badaru on the grounds of certificate forgery and being underage.

The Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Olatunde Oshodi, while
delivering judgment, said Badaru was not found guilty of certificate
forgery as alleged by the petitioner.

Justice Oshodi, however, held that Badaru did not attain the constitutional age of 30 to be a lawmaker.

He thereafter nullified the election and ordered the Independent
National Electoral Commission to conduct a fresh election within 90
days‎.

Counsel for Badaru, Mr Chris Osuagwu, told newsmen that his client would appeal the judgment‎.

Meanwhile, the tribunal upheld the election of Alhaji Musa Sule (-Kachia) in the state House of Assembly.‎

The tribunal held that the petitioner, Ibrahim Ndaman of the PDP,
failed to prove‎ beyond reasonable doubt that Sule forged his
certificate from Zungeru Polytechnic and was an ex-convict.

It dismissed the case for lack of merit and ordered the petitioner to
pay the sum of N100,000 each to the first (Sule) and second (APC)
respondents in the matter as cost.‎

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