Joshua Audu-Gana, the member representing the Edati-Lavun-Mokwa federal constituency in Niger in the House of Representatives, says he will appeal the judgment of the election petition tribunal.
The disgruntled legislator added, “I am confident that this judgment by the tribunal will not stand. I urge the good and hardworking people of Edati-Lavun-Mokwa federal constituency to keep the faith and be rest assured that their mandate will not be taken away under any guise.”
Mr Audu-Gana said, “While the tribunal has ruled for a rerun in some polling units in my constituency, I remain a member of the House of Representatives until all judicial processes are exhausted.”
But the APC and its candidate, Mr Gbatamagi, lodged a petition at the tribunal through their counsel, Johnson Usman, to challenge Gana’s victory. The petitioners alleged the election was invalid because of non-compliance with the Electoral Act 2022.
Delivering judgment on Monday, a three-member tribunal headed by Sylvester Godspower agreed with the petitioners’ submissions. The tribunal invalidated votes in the 23 polling units of the constituency, thereby reducing the votes of Mr Gana to 46,494 while those of Mr Gbatamagi were reduced to 39,159.
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