Appeal Court fires Bauchi Speaker, orders rerun

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On Friday, the Court of Appeal in Abuja overturned the Bauchi State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal’s decision to uphold the Speaker, Abubakar Y Suleiman, as a member representing Ningi Central.

On Friday, a three-judge bench of the appellate court unanimously ordered a rerun in ten polling units.

The decision came in response to an appeal filed by Khalid Abdulmalik-Ningi, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Ningi Central State Constituency in the March 18 House of Assembly election.

The Speaker, on the other hand, has advised all of his supporters and people to be calm and law-abiding, considering the issue as a short hiccup that would be resolved soon.

In a statement published by his Spokesperson, Abdul Ahmad Burra, Suleiman stated his acceptance of the verdict in good faith, emphasizing his Muslim belief in destiny and fate, despite the unfavorable conclusion.

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The Speaker also stated his willingness to hold a rerun election in order to increase the nearly 2,000-vote edge he previously held over his opponent.

Suleiman emphasized the strong support and solidarity he enjoys in Ningi, dismissing any attempts to undermine his position.

He questioned the logic of prolonging the process of his opponents’ election setback, viewing the repeat in the 10 polling units that are his strongholds as a clear struggle.

 

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