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Tribunal sacks PDP Reps member in Plateau

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The National and States Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Jos, Plateau State, on Friday, nullified the election of a member representing the Bassa/Jos-North Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Musa Aggah.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Musa Aggah of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the by-election held in the constituency on February 26.

He scored 40,343 votes to defeat the duo of Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) candidate, Mohammed Gwani, and Joseph Aku of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who garnered 37,857 votes and 26,111 votes respectively.

The PRP candidate challenged the outcome of the election in March.

In his petition sent to the tribunal, Gwani claimed his victory in the election was “subverted.”

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In its ruling, the tribunal led by Justice Hope Ozoh held that Aggah was not validly nominated by the PDP for the by-election.

Other members of the panel are Justices Khadi Umar and Zainab Bashir.

The tribunal held that the petitioners had sufficiently proved their case against the respondent (Aggah).

It added that Aggah did not score the highest valid votes in the election and ordered INEC to return Gwani as the winner of the exercise.

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