The incumbent Chairman of Mariga local government area in Niger state, Salihu Ubandoma has lost his chairmanship seat to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) following a court ruling.
The High Court sitting on pre-election matters in Minna unseated the Chairman after ruling on the parturition of age falsification.
Sitting at the judgment, Justice Mohammad Mohammad of High Court 5 declared the plaintiff, Safiyanu Yahaya Ibeto of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) the winner of the 30th November 2019 local government election.
The plaintiff through his lawyers Mohammad Wazir and Abubakar Mohammad Bokani who cited Section 7 (4) and 106 (d) of the constitution of Nigeria 1999 as amended regarding the nomination of the 1st defendant by the 2nd and 3rd defendants for the election urged the court to nullify the elections as the Chairman is not qualified to hold the office.
Wazir said that for the interpretation of Section 20 of the Niger state LG Council election amended law, 2011 and Section 3, (2), (5) and (6) of the electoral act, 2010 as amended. FORM EC.01 of 1st defendant (Salihu Ubandoma) personal data filled in 2nd defendant (APC) form contradicted other documents
Justice Mohammad while announcing his rulings disqualified the APC candidate declaring that certificate of return issued to him was null and void and such certificate be withdrawn from him by 3rd defendant Niger State Independent Electoral Commission (NSIEC).
He then directed the State Independent Electoral Commission to declare the plaintiff (PDP) candidate as the winner of the said election and to be sworn in as the authentic winner of November 30, 2019, local government election in Magama council held in the state.
The plaintiff lawyer Barrister Mohammad Wazir of Bawazir & Co Chambers expressed satisfaction over the judgment adding that their prayers were accepted sequel to the judgment hence justice is seen to be done.