By Marie-Therese Nanlong
Jos—The National Assembly and State House of Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal sitting in Jos yesterday sacked and barred for life from contesting elections the member representing Langtang South constituency in the state Assembly, Mr. Vincent Bulus, of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The tribunal, which ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct a fresh election for the constituency within 90 days, also upheld the election of speaker of the State Assembly, Mr. Peter Azi, of All Progressives Congress, APC.
Bulus had won the Langtang South Constituency seat but his opponent, Jackson Danladi, of All Progressives Congress, APC, contested the victory, alleging that the lawmaker was not fit to vie for the election as he was an ex-convict.
Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Akeredolu, in her judgment, said the respondent was not qualified to contest the election, having been convicted of an offence in line with Section 107(1)(d) of the 1999 constitution as amended.
She said: “The respondent, having been convicted of an offence involving fraud and dishonesty by a court of law, was not qualified to contest the election into the Plateau State House of Assembly to represent Langtang South constituency.
“Therefore, the election and return of the first respondent as member of Plateau State House of Assembly to represent Langtang South is a nullify.”
She, thereafter, ordered a fresh election to be conducted in the constituency.
In the case between Peter Choji of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, against Peter Azi of All Progressives Congress, APC, who incidentally is the speaker of the State Assembly, the tribunal struck out the petition filed by Choji who sought to nullify the speaker’s election as member representing Jos North-West constituency for lack of merit.