Court sacks Kogi senator


A Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday sacked the senator representing Kogi East, Aidoko Ali Usman, and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue a Certificate of Return to a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Isaac Mohammed Alfa (retd).

The court declared Alfa the winner of the 2015 rerun and berated the Peoples Democratic Party for presenting Ali Usman as its candidate.

Sacked Senator Aidoko Ali Usman (PDP, Kogi East)

He ordered INEC to make arrangements for his swearing in and ordered Usman to refund all the salaries and entitlements received since he became a senator.

It ordered PDP and Usman to pay N750,000 each to Alfa as damages.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole in his judgment held that the primary election of the PDP on November 7, 2014 in Idah, Kogi State which eventually announced Ali Usman as winner lacked integrity and credibility.

He said evidence corroborated by officials corroborated by officials showed that Alfa was leading the primaries with 129 votes, while Hajia Alfa was on 80 votes before the voting was disrupted by Police and thugs, and he polled 101 votes upon reconvening.

He said Atai Aidoko Ali Usman failed to sway the court to accept why it was Seidu Odoma, not Malam Umar Sanusi claimed by the defendants, who signed the exhibits of electoral results such as Exhibit 6, 10A, D2, and D3A as the Returning Officer for the primaryies.

Usman was declared winner of the rerun of the election after the winner of the March, 2015 election, Abdulrahman Abubakar, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was disqualified by the election tribunal.

INEC also ruled him out especially because of the passage of the statutory period for substitution and nomination of candidates as provided in Section 31(1) and Section 35 of the Electoral Act 2010.

Born on September 15, 1950, Alfa is a former senator and in 2003 he contested the governorship of Kogi State.


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