JUST IN: Supreme Court sacks Niger East senator, announces his replacement

The Supreme Court on Friday sacked the representative of Niger East Senatorial District, Senator David Umaru.

In his place, the apex court declared Mohammed Sani Musa as the valid person to occupy the seat.

The declaration was based on the determination of who the validly representative of the All Progressives Congress was for the 2019 National Assembly elections.

In reaching the decision, the Supreme Court set aside the April 8, 2019 judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja, which declared Umaru the candidate of the APC.

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 he 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 him the validly nominated candidate of the APC for the election.

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