By Luka Binniyat
KADUNA- The National and State House of Assemblies’ Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Kaduna, yesterday nullified the election of Abubakar Musa Abubakar of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, into the House of Representatives for Soba Federal Constituency in Kaduna State.
This nullification followed a petition filed by Mr. Ibrahim Khalid Mustapha challenging the electoral victory of respondent on the grounds that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, conducted the election without proper notice.
Mustapha alleged that the election which was originally fixed for April 2, 2011 by INEC, was later rescheduled for April 9, 2011 befor it was postponed again to April 26, 2011 and subsequently to April 28, 2011 even when the election was conducted on April 9, 2011 without notifying him.
Mustapha and the PDP who were the fisrt and second petitioners respectively had joined the INEC, the Kaduna State Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Haliru Tambuwal, the Electoral Officer for Soba Local Government in the state, the CPC and Alhaji Abubakar Musa Abubakar as respondents in the matter.
Counsel to the petitioners Yahaya Mahmood, SAN, and the respondents including U. J Kaburuk and Emmanuel Kantiok, had at previous sittings canvassed their positions before the tribunal before yesterday’s judgement.
Delivering judgment on the petition, the Tribunal Chairman, Justice Daniel Kailo ordered the INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return it issued the CPC candidate and conduct fresh election in accordance with the provisions of the 2010 Electoral Act.