The Court of Appeal in Abuja has invalidated the election of Senator Ishaku Abbo of the All Progressives Congress (APC) representing Adamawa North in the National Assembly.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had initially declared Abbo as the winner of the parliamentary election held on February 25, 2023.
However, Amos Yohanna, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), contested the result and brought the matter before the court.
In its ruling, the tribunal dismissed Yohanna’s petition on grounds of lacking merit.
Subsequently, Yohanna, represented by Johnson Usman (SAN), proceeded to the Appeal Court.
After considering the arguments presented by both parties, the Court of Appeal concurred with Usman’s contention that the results provided clearly indicated non-compliance with Section 137 of the Electoral Act, 2022.
Furthermore, the court deduced the number of invalid votes and determined that Yohanna and the PDP emerged as the victors based on the majority of lawful votes.
Presided over by Justice C.E. Nwosu-Iheme, the three-member panel directed INEC to issue a Certificate of Return to Yohanna, recognizing him as the duly elected lawmaker for the senatorial district.