Nigeria’s Supreme Court has ordered the Senator representing Taraba North Senatorial District, Sani Abubakar Danladi of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to vacate the seat immediately and refund all salaries and allowances received within ninety days.
The order was contained in the judgement of the court on the appeal filed by Mr Shuaibu Isa Lau challenging the decision of the court of appeal that had upturned his victory during the primary, where he was wrongfully substituted.
The Apex court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to withdraw the certificate issued to Senator Abubakar Danladi and issue a fresh certificate of return to Mr Isa Lau.
The presiding Justice, Justice Amina Augei in the judgement, held that the appellant had the right to participate, just like any other candidate, in the primary, and if he felt his right was infringed upon, he also had the right to approach the court.
She added his substitution at the primary election was null and void since the appellant scored the highest number of votes, and that the only option was to declare the appellant as the winner of primary.
“This court hereby orders that the appellant be issued with the certificate of return and the respondent should immediately vacate the seat. He should return to the National Assembly, all salaries and allowances received as a Senator, within ninety days,” she said