The appeals court dismisses NNPP’s Datti and reinstates Kwankwaso
The Court of Appeal in Abuja has sacked Musa Ilyasu Kwankwaso of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as a House of Representative member representing the Kura/Madobi/Garun Malam Federal Constituency.
The appellate court reinstated New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP, candidate Yusuf Umar Datti.
In its judgment, the three-judge panel, led by Justice Tunde Oyebamiji Awotoye, allowed an appeal by Datti.
Justice Awotoye ruled that the tribunal was wrong to have counted the date of the appellant’s resignation on the date of his party’s primary election.
The judge noted that Section 77 of the Electoral Act was misapplied. Hence, no court has jurisdiction on the issue of the membership of the party.