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Mega party wants Kwankwaso removed as senator

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The Mega Progressive Peoples Party on Monday asked the Kano State Governorship and National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal to nullify the election of a former Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, as senator representing Kano Central.

The party said the exclusion of its name and logo from the March 28 senatorial election’s ballot paper prompted it to approach the tribunal to seek the nullification of Mr. Kwankwaso’s election as a senator.

The petitioner made this known during the tribunal’s pre hearing session held at Miller road court complex.

Mega Party approached the tribunal contesting the eligibility of Mr. Kwankwaso to compete in the 2015 General Elections in which he emerged senator representing Kano Central senatorial district.

Earlier, the Peoples Democratic Party had also filed a petition before the Kano panel protesting the emergence of the former Kano state governor as the senator representing Kano Central under the All Progressive Congress party.

The PDP, in its originating summons, informed the tribunal that the process through which the senator representing Kano Central emerged the standard bearer of the APC contravened the provisions the electoral act 2010 as amended.

The petitioner further alleged that the number of votes that were announced in favour of Mr. Kwankwaso was in contrast to the actual number of votes cast; and said its flag bearer, Bashir Mohammed, secured the highest number of votes at the March 28 senatorial election.

The party urged the tribunal to declare the votes scored by Mr. Kwankwaso as invalid and declare Mr. Mohammed the senator representing Kano Central.

In its petition, the PDP stated that the substitution of Abba Yusuf with Mr. Kwankwaso as APC senatorial candidate for Kano Central contravened the provisions of the law, adding that Mr. Yusuf did not resign his position as the state commissioner for works, as enshrined in the laws, prior to seeking APC ticket as senatorial candidate.

The parties in the suit were represented at the pre hearing by their lawyers. The Mega Party was represented by Morgan Omeronye, AB. Mahmud represented INEC, Adegboyega Awomolo represented Mr. Kwankwaso, while M.M Duru represented the APC.

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