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Yohanna replaces Abbo as Adamawa North senator

The Senate on Wednesday swore in Amos Yohanna as the new Senator representing Adamawa North Senatorial District, replacing Senator Elisha Abbo, who was sacked by the Appeal Court last week Monday.

 

The Deputy Senate President, Jibrin Barau, who presided over the plenary, swore in Abbo’s replacement.

 

Yohanna, a Peoples Democratic Party member had now replaced Abbo, a member of the All Progressives Congress.

 

Delivering judgment on Monday, the three-member panel presided over by Justice C.E. Nwosu-Iheme, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue a Certificate of Return to Amos Yohanna as the duly elected lawmaker representing the area in the National Assembly.

 

The appellate vacated the tribunal judgment which had earlier affirmed Abbo of the All Progressives Congress as the winner of the senatorial election.

 

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.

 

In its ruling, the tribunal dismissed Yohanna’s petition for lacking in merit.

 

Not comfortable with the judgment of the tribunal, the PDP candidate, through his counsel, Johnson Usman (SAN), approached the Appeal Court.

 

The Court of Appeal, after hearing arguments from parties, agreed with Usman 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.

 

Reacting, Senator Abbo described the judgement as a “coup on democracy” but told his supporters to be calm.

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