…Orders Both To Return All Salaries,Allowances Collected
The Supreme Court today sacked the Senator representing Taraba North in the Senate, Abubakar Danladi and asked him to return all salaries he collected before he was sacked by the Apex Court.
This is just as the Court today also sacked a member of the House of Representatives, Herman Hembe, representing Vandikwa /Konshisha Federal Constituency in Benue State.
The Supreme Court also ordered Danladi to refund all salaries and allowances he received within 90 days.
The court also declared Alhaji Shuaibu Isa Lau, as the authentic Senator to represent the constituency.
Both Danladi and Isa Lau are members of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).
In the same vein,the Supreme Court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate issued to Danladi and issue a fresh Certificate of Return(CoR) to Lau.
The Supreme Court order was contained in the judgement of the court on the appeal filed by Lau.
Lau had challenged the decision of the Court of Appeal that upturned his victory during the primary elections, alleging that he was wrongfully substituted.
The apex court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate issued to Danladi and issue a fresh Certificate of Return(CoR) to Lau.
The Supreme Court in a unanimous judgment made up five member panel held that the appellant had the right to participate just like any other candidate in the primary election.
The court added that if Lau felt that his right was infringed upon, he had the right to approach the court.
According to the Supreme Court, “From the totality of the appeal before this court, all the issues are resolved in favour of the appellant. His substitution at the primary election is null and void since the appellant scored the highest number of votes, the only option is to declare the appellant as the winner of primary election. ”
“This court hereby orders that the appellant be issued with the certificate of return and the respondent should immediately vacate the seat. He should return to the National Assembly, all salaries and allowances received as a Senator within 90 days,” Supreme Court declared.