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Shocker: INEC Withdraws 23 Certificates-Of-Return
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Shocker: INEC Withdraws 23 Certificates-Of-Return

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has withdrawn two certificates of return issued to Hon. Haruna Aliyu, popularly known as Chakis and one Hon. Ibrahim Ismail respectively following court orders.

Hon. Haruna Aliyu and Hon. Ibrahim Ismail are members of the Kaduna State House of Assembly representing Kaduna North II (Kawo) and Kaduna South II (Tudun Wada) constituencies respectively since 2015 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

INEC, while upholding the court orders to withdraw the certificates of the duo and 23 others, disclosed that 20 of the 25 Certificates-Of-Return were withdrawn from All Progressives Congress (APC) members to other APC members; while two from People Democratic Party (PDP) members were withdrawn and issued to other PDP members.

Haruna Aliyu and Hon. Ibrahim Ismail whose certificates were withdrawn contested in the primaries where Hon. Yusuf Salihu scored 104 votes and Hon. Nasiru Usman had 49 votes at the said elections held on October 7, 2018.

Meanwhile, APC had submitted the names of the winners of the primaries but later substituted it with the names of Hon. Haruna Aliyu and Hon. Ibrahim Ismail who had scored 24 and 35 votes respectively to INEC as the party’s candidates.

However, the development led to legal fireworks to reclaim the stolen mandates at the Federal High Court in Kaduna.

In the judgement delivered on the 16th of April 2019 at the Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna, the presiding Judge, Justice Z. B. Abubakar said  Hon. Nasiru Usman having scored the highest number of votes cast at the primaries  conducted on the said date for  elective position of member State House of Assembly representing Tudun Wada constituency otherwise known as Kaduna South II, Kaduna State is the nominated candidate for the general elections.

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