By John Mkom
Jalingo—The National Assembly Election Tribunal sitting in Jalingo, Taraba State, under the chairmanship of Justice Samson Anjor, has nullified the election of Senator Bashir Marafa Aba.
Senator Aba represents Taraba Central senatorial district in the National Assembly.
Marafa was declare the winner of the Taraba Central Senatorial seat on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the April general election.
The result of the election was contested by Alhaji Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf of All Progressives Congress, APC.
Yusuf petitioned the cancellation of election results in Gayama ward in Bali local government area of the senatorial constituency by the Independent National
Electoral Commission, INEC,stating that the cancellation gave room for the PDP candidate to gain more votes than APC in the election.
He also said the results of the senatorial candidate of Social Democratic Party, SDP, Abubakar Tutare, were swapped for that of the PDP candidate which gave him the edge to win the election with a slight margin.
After cross examination and presentation of evidence, the tribunal agreed that the cancellation of results in Gayam ward of Bali local government area where the APC won was an act of illegality done by INEC.
The tribunal also agreed that results belonging to the SDP candidate were swapped for the PDP candidate which assisted him to win the election.
The judgement was read by the secretary of the tribunal, Justice Ibrahim A. Yusuf, under the watch of the tribunal chairman, Samson Anjor.
After returning the swapped votes from PDP candidate back to the SDP candidate and also adding up the the cancelled votes from Gayam ward to the APC candidate, Alhaji Abubakar Yusuf, got the highest number of votes cast in the senatorial election against the PDP candidate, Senator Aba.
Justice Ibrahim A. Yusufu thus urged INEC to present certificate of return to the APC candidate, Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf, as senator representing Taraba Central in the National Assembly.
Responding to the judgement, counsel to Senator Marafa Bashir, Aba Bar. Yususfu Akilikwen, told journalist that he was going to consult with his client on the matter, with a view to going to the Appeal Court.