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Adamawa speaker appeals judgement nullifying senatorial ticket

Aminu Iya Abbas, the Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, has filed an appeal with the Court of Appeal against a decision by the Federal High Court nullifying his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket for the State's Senatorial election.

Aminu Iya Abbas, the Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, has filed an appeal with the Court of Appeal against a decision by the Federal High Court nullifying his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket for the State’s Central Senatorial election.

At the beginning of December, the Speaker, whose election was nullified on November 28 by the Federal High Court, filed an appeal with the Yola Division of the Court of Appeal, requesting that the trial court’s decision be reversed.

Iya Abbas asked the higher court to hear his appeal, reverse the lower court’s decision, and reinstate him as the PDP’s Adamawa central district candidate.

He also wants the appellate court to dismiss Ibrahim Mustapha’s (the second respondent in the appeal) originating summons from the trial court, which was what started the High Court case that invalidated his ticket in the first place.

The participation of Dr Auwal Tukur in the PDP senatorial primary election in May 2022, which Iya Abbas won, led to the invalidation of the Speaker’s ticket, as NewsXtra has previously reported.

Since Auwal Tukur had not resigned from his position as Chairman of the Governing Council of Adamawa State University (ADSU) Mubi, the trial court found that he had improperly participated in the exercise.

In a parallel appeal, Auwal Tukur, represented by attorney Eyitayo Jegede, argued that the Appeal Court should reverse the lower court’s rulings.

Responding on Thursday, the Court of Appeal, presided over by Justice Habeeb Abiru, reserved judgement until a date to be informed to the parties in the case.

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