OrderPaperToday – The Senator representing Kogi East in the National Assembly, Attai Aidoko has moved to dispel news that made the rounds on Monday that his seat was declared vacant by the Court of Appeal, Abuja describing the story as “satanic fake news.”

The Senator who came under a point of order during Tuesday’s plenary explained that the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja had earlier ruled that the Federal High Court, Abuja lacked jurisdiction to entertain the case challenging his candidacy.

Senator Aidoko however disclosed that hearing on the matter has continued at the Federal High Court, Abuja.

He further stated that he decided to approach the Court of Appeal to seek a constitutional interpretation of its previous ruling that the Federal High Court, Abuja lacked jurisdiction to entertain the case instituted against him by his opponent, Air Marshall Isaac Alfa.

Speaking on the outcome of the judgment yesterday, he said: “Yesterday the Court of Appeal said that we didn’t meet the requirements to seek for constitutional interpretation and we should go back to the Federal High Court to continue the trial which has been on since June.

“There was nothing in the decision yesterday; there was no question of who is the candidate. My opponent paid and sponsored fake news and information that caused me high embarrassment.”

Recall that the media space was yesterday inundated with news that the Court of Appeal had ordered Senator Attai Aidoko to vacate his seat, pending the determination of issue of candidacy at the court of first instance.



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Damilola is a multiple award-winning Writer, Researcher, and Community/Sustainable Development Practitioner. His interests and experience span across media, academics, human capital development, and strategic planning. Damilola is a Paradigm Initiative Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellow. He is the first Nigerian in history to win the blog4dev writing contest organised by the World Bank Group. Also, Damilola's written work on violent extremism and sustainable peace in Nigeria won a PeaceWriteNow prize, presented by the Embassy of Ireland in June, 2018. His works have been published in Nigeria and the United States of America, in English and in French. Damilola has also attended important meetings within and outside the African continent including the 2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C, USA and the West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program (WACA) Marketplace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He was also a special guest on a panel discussion titled “How creative industry can help to stem fragility,” which was held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, D.C, USA. Furthermore, Damilola was selected as a Champion of Advocacy against extreme poverty and preventable diseases by ONE Campaign in May, 2019. An alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School and Federal University of Technology Akure, Damilola Adeniran represents Nigeria in the Youth Transforming Africa Program.


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