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Court of Appeal puts to rest Kaduna Assembly’s Sanga representation issue

by Juliana K. Tauna, Kaduna

Hon. Comfort Amwe

The Court of Appeal sitting in Kaduna Division has finally put to rest the wobbling issue of representation of Sanga constituency by upholding the elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and allowing Mrs Comfort Amwe returned into the Kaduna state Assembly.

The court upheld the hitherto representation palaver of the Sanga constituency, which finally saw the return of Hon. Comfort Amwe by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as duly elected member of Kaduna State House of Assembly (KSHA) representing Sanga constituency. 

It would be recalled that immediately after the court ordered the re-run election and the subsequent return of Hon. Amwe of the PDP as the winner thereof, Hon. Haliru Gambo of the APC approached the Election Tribunal to nullify the return of Hon. Amwe of the PDP on the twin-grounds that “no re-election was held at Gwantu 3 polling unit” and, that, “the election results for Amar Lada polling unit ought to have been deducted from the votes tally of both candidates before the addition of the total votes of the candidates after the re-run.” 

However, the Election Tribunal in a considered judgment delivered on 6/8/2020 dismissed the petition; whereupon, Hon. Haliru and his party approached the Court of Appeal by filing 6 grounds of appeal. 

In his comments after the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Counsel to Hon. Amwe, Barrister Sam Atung, lauded the judgment of the court and posited that the judiciary has, indeed, lived up to historical role as the “last hope of the common man” and constitutional role as “the guardian of our democracy.” 

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