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Niger East APC disowns senator-elect, Sani Musa

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Alhaji Sani Musa,

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger State has disowned Alhaji Sani Musa, the party’s senator-elect.

Crisis is rocking Niger East senatorial district in which two chieftains of APC lay claim to the senate seat, even after the February 23 election.

But an appellate court in Abuja has fixed March 6, 2019 for hearing in the appeal filed by the party.

A federal high court in Abuja had declared Musa as the party’s candidate in the election for Niger East.

However, in a suit filed by its counsel, S. I. Umeh (SAN), APC complained against the decision of the federal high court on 10 grounds and sought five reliefs.

According to notice of appeal papers made available to journalists in Minna, Mohammed Musa, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and David Umaru are listed as first, second and third respondents in the case where APC disowned Musa as its candidate in the senatorial election.

Senator Umaru, in his own appeal, also complained against the whole judgement of the federal high court in Abuja on 18 grounds seeking an order of the Appeal Court to set aside the trial court’s order of February 7, 2019.

Umaru, represented by his counsel, Chris Osuagu, said: “The trial court erred in law when it assumed jurisdiction over the subject matter of the suit and granted all the reliefs sought by the third respondent, despite the appellant’s objection to the court’s jurisdiction.”

He argued that the trial judge also erred in law when he failed to evaluate documents that were placed before the court, thereby shutting his eyes to them, describing the findings of the trial court as perverse.

APC, on its part, complained that the trial judge erred in law when it held that the first respondent’s suit was not statute-barred and went ahead to exercise jurisdiction to entertain and determine it.

The party also argued that the trial judge erred in law in not recognising its primary elections of October 5, 2018 in which Umaru was the sole candidate and subsequently declared winner.


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