Federal High Court sacks Senator Aidoko of Kogi State

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    Federal High Court in Abuja, yesterday, sacked Senator Atai Idoko representing Kogi East Senatorial
    District on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
    In a 99-page judgment on the pre-election dispute, Justice Gabriel Kolawole ordered the immediate
    swearing-in of Air Marshall Isaac Alfa, rtd, who is also of the PDP, by the clerk of the National Assembly
    as the authentic elected senator for the senatorial district.
    The court sacked Aidoko from the red chambers on the ground that he was not properly nominated by
    the PDP for the March, 2015 National Assembly election.
    Consequently, the court ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to immediately
    withdraw the certificate of return issued to Aidoko in 2015.
    In addition, it ordered the clerk of the National Assembly to withdraw all privileges being accorded
    Aidoko.
    The National Assembly was also ordered to withdraw the recognition being accorded Aidoko on the
    grounds that he was not lawfully nominated and elected to the senatorial seat.
    Justice Kolawole, who condemned the way and manner in which the PDP subverted the result of its
    primaries, held that rogue documents were used by the party to submit Aidoko’s name to INEC.
    The purported nomination of Aidoko by PDP to INEC was an exercise in futility to rob the plaintiff the
    fruit of his election in the primaries.
    He said from the totality of the evidence placed before the court, it is clear that Sheidu Idoma was the
    Returning Officer for the senatorial election and not Umar Sanusi, and that this was corroborated by key
    witnesses in their statements made on oath.
    The judge also said that the fact that the sacked senator refused to call his agent at the primary election,
    Mallam Farouk Adejo, left a credibility gap on his side.
    Also, Justice Kolawole had dismissed the preliminary objection by Aidoko challenging the jurisdiction of
    the court to entertain the matter.
    He described the preliminary objection as an abuse of court process employed by the senator to delay
    trial.

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