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Tribunal sacks Sokoto PDP lawmaker, orders rerun

By Newsdesk

The Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Sokoto,  has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to conduct supplementary elections in Binji Constituency of the State House of Assembly.

The affected polling units are: Rumfar Marina and Kusa Da Garkar Magaji Margai in Maikulki ward, Shiyyar Sarkin Aski in Binji ward and Tumunin Magaji in Soron Gabas ward.

Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Hamman Idi Polycarp, gave the ruling on Tuesday  in the case brought by  All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Hon. Bature Mohammed Binji, against the election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Hon. Sahabi Umar.

The judge, who ordered the withdrawal of the Certificate of Return issued to Umar, said that the declaration of Umar as the winner was premature, untimely, null and void , adding that there was a substantial non-compliance that had affected the outcome of the election, stressing that there should have been supplementary polls.

Justice Polycarp declared that the margin between Umar, who scored 11,995, and Bature with 10,580, was 1,415, which is less than the 2,378 registered voters in the affected polling units.

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