OrderPaperToday – The tussle for the Kogi East senatorial seat continues as a Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the sack of the current occupant of the seat, Senator Atai Aidoko (PDP, Kogi).
The struggle started in 2015 when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) withdrew the certificate of return for the first occupant, Sen. Abdulrahman Abubakar, who represented the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Abubakar was dismissed because he was deemed unqualified to participate in the election by the National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal, sitting in Lokoja.
Due to this, a re-run election was conducted, where Abubakar and his party were prevented from participating.
Air Marshal Isaac Alfa of the People’s Democratic Party emerged the winner of the re-run but an Appeal Court discharged him in 2016 and Sen. Atai Aidoko was sworn in instead.
On the 18th of December 2017, a Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja pronounced the Kogi East senatorial district seat vacant and its declaration was to enable Aidoko and Alfa return to court in order to determine the rightful owner of the seat.
However, Senator Aidoko disagreed, describing the story as “satanic fake news” as he continued appearing in the red chamber.
Consequently, the High Court, presided over by Judge Gabriel Kolawole, on Wednesday, stated that there was a misrepresentation of candidates by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during its primaries in December 2014.
As a result of this, Judge Kolawole ruled that the PDP and Sen. Aidoko pay Mr. Alfa N750,000 each.