Supreme Court Sacks Niger Senator
Supreme Court of Nigeria

The Supreme Court on Friday sacked David Umaru as the Senator representing Niger-East, declaring Mohammed Sani Musa the winner of the last senatorial election.

The court set aside the April 8, 2019, judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja, which declared Senator Umaru, ex-Chairman, Senate Committee Chairman on Justice, Human Rights and Legal Matters, the valid candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), winner of the election.

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In a unanimous judgment on Friday, a five-man panel of the Supreme Court, led by Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, upheld arguments by Musa’s legal team, led by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) to the effect that Musa won the primary of the APC for the election and was the actual candidate for the election.

The apex court allowed the appeal filed by Musa marked: SC/405/2019 and affirmed the February 7, 2019 judgment by Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which declared Musa the validly nominated candidate of the APC for the election