Appeal Court Declares Kogi East Senatorial Seat Vacant

The court of appeal sitting in Abuja, on Monday, declared the seat for the Kogi East senatorial district vacant.

The judgment was delivered today by Justice Abdul Aboki on a pre-election matter instituted before the appellate court.

The court set aside its previous judgement of the court of appeal which brought Senator Attai Aidoko to the Senate was in error, according to the court’s opinion.

Ex- Senator and former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Isaac Alfa, had appealed to the Supreme Court, asking for the nullification of the judgement of court of appeal of 14th December 2016, which nullified his election and installed Aidoko.

The apex court then referred the matter to the court of first instance to look into the pre-election matter on its merit.

But while the matter, as refered, was before at the trial court, Senator Aidoko also filed an application at the appeal court, seeking an interpretation to the judgement of the apex court, on the eligibility of a candidate to the senate seat.

Consequently, the appellant court revised itself on its ruling of December 14th2016 and ordered Aidoko to vacate the seat, pending the determination of the court of first instance.

It therefore means that the people of Kogi East are now without a a Senator in the Nigerian Senate.

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