Court Sacks Nasarawa Speaker, Declares PDP Candidate Winner

By Amina Mohammed, Lafia

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 The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has sacked the Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Honourable Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, a member of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The speaker was sacked in a judgment delivered on Tuesday by the Court which declared the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP candidate, Sa’ad Abdullahi Ibrahim, as the rightful winner of the election of March 18, 2023 election for the Umaisha/Ugya State Constituency.

Abdullahi’s sack comes months after some members of the Assembly asked the federal high court in Lafia to stop him and Jacob Kudu, from parading themselves as the speaker and deputy.

The lawmakers had in a suit marked FHC/LF/CS/8/23, asked the court to make “an order nullifying the purported oath of office taken on the 6th day of June 2023”, by Abdullahi, Kudu and nine other members-elect.

The suit followed a crisis in the house which produced two speakers after Governor Abdullahi Sule inaugurated the state’s seventh assembly on June 6.

Abdullahi and Daniel Ogazi, who were speakers of the fifth and sixth assembly, laid claim to the speakership position of the seventh assembly.

Abdullahi was elected speaker at a sitting which took place at the ministry of local government and chieftaincy affairs by 11 out of 24 members of the house, while Ogazi was elected by 13 members at the plenary at the assembly complex.

 

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