By John Mkom
Jalingo—National and State Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal, sitting in Jalingo, Taraba State, yesterday, nullified the election of Dan-Asabe Hosea, representing Kurmi/Gashaka/Sarduana Federal constituency in the National Assembly on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, Ibrahim El-Sudi, had dragged Hosea to the tribunal, challenging his victory at the poll on the grounds that the election was conducted without compliance with the Electoral Act.
Tribunal Chairman, Justice Samson Angor, who read the judgement, ordered fresh election in 19 polling units in the constituency on the grounds of non-compliance with the Electoral Act.
Justice Samson Angor held that the marginal difference in votes between the winner and the runner up was less than the number of registered voters in the 19 polling units, where elections were conducted without compliance with the Electoral Act.
He declared the election inconclusive and ordered the setting aside of the certificate of return issued the third respondent, Dan-Asabe Hosea, by the first respondent, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
He ordered INEC to con-duct fresh elections in the 19 polling units within 90 days.