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APC vs PDP: Supreme Court Delivers Ruling On Lagos East Senatorial Election





The Supreme Court Wednesday dismissed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s suit seeking to disqualify Senator Adetokunbo Abiru.

Naija News reports that Abiru of the All Progressives Congress (APC) currently represents Lagos East in the Senate.

It upheld the argument of Kemi Pinheiro (SAN) for Abiru and Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN) for APC that the appeal lacked merit.

The apex court also awarded cost of N1million against the appellants – the PDP and its candidate Babatunde Gbadamosi – and in favour of each of the respondents, Abiru and the APC.

Justice Adamu Jauro wrote the lead judgment.

APC chieftain Abiru won the last December 5 senatorial bye-election by a landslide, polling 89,204 votes against Gbadamosi’s 11,257 votes.

However, not satisfied with the outcome of the polls, the PDP had taken the matter to court and sought an order to stop Abiru from representing Lagos East in the Senate.

Abiru’s legal team was led by Mr Kemi Pinheiro, (SAN) while the PDP was legally represented by Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN).

Meanwhile, another member of the House of Representatives, Jonathan Gaza, has dumped the PDP for the APC.

This is coming barely 24 hours after the PDP lost four members of the House of Reps to the ruling party.

This online newspaper reports that Gaza on Wednesday also dumped the opposition party.

The letter of his defection was read by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila during the plenary.

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The Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, and two of his predecessors, Sen Tanko Almakura and Sen Abdulahi Adamu were on the floor of the House to observe.