*Senator representing Taraba North
*Orders him to refund all pay earned within 90 days
*Shuaibu Isa Lau to substitute him as Senator
Nigeria’s Supreme Court has ordered the Senator representing Taraba North Senatorial District, Senator Sani Abubakar Danladi, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to vacate the seat immediately and refund all salaries and allowances received within 90 days. Danladi was a former deputy governor of the state.
The order was contained in the judgement of the court on the appeal filed by Mr Shuaibu Isa Lau challenging the decision of the Court of Appeal that had upturned his victory during the primary he was wrongfully substituted.
The apex court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) to withdraw the certificate issued to Senator Abubakar Danladi and issue a fresh certificate of return to Mr Shuaibu Isa Lau.
The presiding Justice, Justice Amina Augie, in the judgement held that the appellant has the right to participate just like any other candidate in the primary and if he feels his right was infringed upon, he has the right to approach the court.
She added that his substitution at the primary election is null and void since the appellant scored the highest number of votes, the only option is to declare the appellant as the winner of primary.
“This court hereby orders that the appellant be issued with the certificate of return and the respondent should immediately vacate the seat. He should return to the National Assembly all salaries and allowances received as a Senator within 90 days” the court ordered.