All is set for the Niger State Assembly to swear-in an embattled member-elect whose Certificate of Return was withdrawn by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, DAILY NIGERIAN can report.
Following a dispute over the primary elections in the state, a Federal High Court sitting in Minna on March 29, had delivered judgment disqualifying Abdullahi Shaba-Gbara as a member Representing Mokwa Constituency, in the state assembly.
The court, therefore, ordered the INEC to withdraw Certificate of Return from Abdullahi Shaba-Gbara and issue same to Abdullahi Adamu of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Accordingly, on May 16, a Certificate of Return was issued to Mr Adamu by the INEC.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that even though the matter is still before the Supreme Court, Mr Adamu’s name is on the updated list of INEC transmitted to the Niger Assembly.
Therefore, by virtue of section 75 of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended, Mr Adamu, popularly known as ‘the people’s barrister’ is recognised by law as the member-elect and, as such, is entitled to be sworn in.
However, a source close to the Assembly told our correspondent that cabals in the state government had been mounting pressure on the state assembly, a development that forced the assembly to swear Mr Shaba-Gbara along with his colleagues on June 11.
Also, according to the source, the embattled member-elect would be sworn in tomorrow, June 13, despite the withdrawal of his Certificate of Return.
Another source told DAILY NIGERIAN that Mr Shaba-Gbara is ‘Godson’ of the state’s Deputy Governor, Mohammed Ahmed-Ketso.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that should Mr Shaba-Gbara be inaugurated tomorrow, the Assembly would be acting in violation of section 75 of the Electoral Act 2010 and section 94 of the Constitution.
The Law says: “The holder of Certificate of Return shall take oath of allegiance in spite of a court judgment against any candidate provided that such a judgment is not that of Supreme Court being the final court in pre-election matter.”