SENATE SWEARS IN YOHANNA AMOS TO REPRESENT ADAMAWA NORTH
Written by Tunde Adeyemi on October 25, 2023
The Deputy president of the Senate, Barau Jibrin has sworn in Amos Yohanna as new senator representing Adamawa north on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party.
Yohanna is to replace Elisha Abbo a member of the All Progressives Congress who was sacked by the Court of Appeal.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC had declared Abbo the winner of the February 25, 2023, parliamentary election but aggrieved by the electoral body’s decision, Yohanna, went to the tribunal to challenge the outcome of the election.
The tribunal dismissed Yohanna’s petition for lack of merit.
Not comfortable with the judgment of the tribunal, the PDP candidate, approached the Appeal Court.
The Court of Appeal, after hearing arguments from parties, agreed that based on Section 137 of the Electoral Act, 2022, the results tendered clearly showed that, there was no compliance with the Electoral Act.
The court, thereafter, deducted the invalid votes from both parties and found that Yohanna and the PDP won the election by a majority of lawful votes.
INEC was ordered to issue a Certificate of Return to Amos Yohanna as the duly elected lawmaker representing Adamawa north in the National Assembly
Reacting to the Judgement, Elisha Abbo had described the judgement as a coup on democracy.