The Court of Appeal in Abuja has invalidated the election of Senator Ishaku Abbo, announcing Revd. Amos Yohanna of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the 2023 Adamawa North senatorial election.
Revd. Yohanna had filed a petition at the tribunal in Yola, contesting Senator Abbo’s victory, alleging irregularities and non-compliance with the Electoral Act 2022. He argued that the election was marred by corrupt practices and that Senator Abbo was not duly elected by the majority of lawful votes cast. His claims included over-voting at various polling units, false entries, and the alteration and cancellation of votes at several polling units, among other issues. He requested the tribunal to annul Senator Abbo’s election.
Senator Abbo, in his defense, urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition, claiming it lacked merit. However, in a recent development, the Appeal Court granted Revd. Yohanna’s prayers, declaring him the victor of the senatorial election. Senator Abbo acknowledged this decision on his Facebook page, commenting, “The Appeal Court in Abuja just voided my election. The gang-up has temporarily worked.”
Senator Abbo also addressed the media in Abuja and expressed his belief that five senators, including himself, who opposed the emergence of Godswill Akpabio as President of the Senate, were being targeted for removal from the upper legislative chamber. He suggested that former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, could be the next to be removed. Senator Abbo expressed disappointment that what he referred to as “cabal members” were using the judiciary to influence these outcomes and raised concerns about the state of democracy in Nigeria. He called on President Bola Tinubu to recognize that the democracy he fought for during the military rule differs from the current situation.
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