Zamfara: Gov-elect writes INEC, demands certificate of return

Zamfara: Gov-elect writes INEC, demands certificate of return

The governor–elect of Zamfara State, Alhaji Mukhtar  Idris, has asked the Independent National Election Commission, (INEC) to release his Certificate of Return, having been declared winner of the March 9 governorship election.  Idris equally asked the electoral body  to release the certificate of return of all elected members of the House of Assembly. The Commission

The governor–elect of Zamfara State, Alhaji Mukhtar  Idris, has asked the Independent National Election Commission, (INEC) to release his Certificate of Return, having been declared winner of the March 9 governorship election. 

Idris equally asked the electoral body  to release the certificate of return of all elected members of the House of Assembly.

The Commission withheld the certificate of return of the governor-elect and members-elect of the House of Assembly, following the judgement of the Court of Appeal Division in Sokoto State. 

The governor-elect’s action was contained in a letter written to the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, by his counsel, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria Mahmud Magaji.

Magaji said: “It is worthy of note that the purported judgement of the Court of Appeal, has no positive of direct order.

“But, assuming there is, even a court order arising from the said judgement, we still have 21 days within which to appeal, thus, putting into abeyance the said judgement until after the lapse of the said 21days.

“But, in the case at hand, the parties (APC Zamfara) still has 21 days, existing side by side with their constitutional right of appeal.

‘’Finally, we urge INEC to abide fully with the provision of section 143 of the Electoral Act by releasing the certificate of return to the Zamfara state governor-elect as well as all the elected members of the House of Assembly.’

‘’According to the Electoral Act, section 143(1) states that “if the election tribunal or the court, as the case may be, determined that if a candidate returned and elected was not validly elected, then, if Notice of Appeal against that decision is given within 21days, from the date of the decision, the candidate returned as elected shall, notwithstanding the contrary decision of the election tribunal or the court, remain in office pending the determination of the appeal

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