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Nigerian Tribunal Sacks Jerry Gana's Son, Orders Supplementary Election

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Nigerian Tribunal Sacks Jerry Gana's Son, Orders Supplementary Election
The National and State Houses of Assembly Election Tribunal in Niger State has removed Joshua Gana as the representative of Edati/Lavun/Mokwa Federal Constituency. The tribunal ordered a supplementary election in 26 polling units of the constituency. This decision came after a petition filed by the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate, Abdullahi Usman-Gbatamagi, challenging Gana's victory. The tribunal invalidated votes in the affected polling units, reducing Gana's votes and necessitating a supplementary election.

The National and State Houses of Assembly Election Tribunal in Niger State has made a significant decision by sacking Joshua Gana, son of former minister Jere Gana, as the representative of Edati/Lavun/Mokwa Federal Constituency.

The tribunal, after hearing a petition filed by Abdullahi Usman-Gbatamagi, the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate, ordered a supplementary election to be held in 26 polling units of the constituency. This development came as a result of Gbatamagi challenging Gana's victory and disputing the margin of victory as stipulated in the Electoral Act, 2022.

Gana, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had initially been declared the winner of the election with 47,942 votes. However, Usman-Gbatamagi argued that Gana did not fulfill the required margin of victory because his margin of victory was less than the number of registered voters (14,411) in the polling units where elections were either not held or were cancelled.

The tribunal agreed with Usman-Gbatamagi's argument and subsequently invalidated votes in the 26 affected polling units. As a result, Gana's vote count was reduced to 46,494 while Usman-Gbatamagi's count now stands at 39,159 votes.

It is worth noting that Gana still has the option to appeal the judgement of the tribunal.

This decision by the Election Tribunal highlights the importance of adhering to electoral laws and regulations. It showcases the commitment to ensuring free and fair elections in Nigeria, where every vote counts and is subject to scrutiny.

With the order for a supplementary election in the affected polling units, it presents an opportunity for the constituents of Edati/Lavun/Mokwa Federal Constituency to have their voices heard and make an informed choice. The supplementary election will provide a fair chance for both candidates to campaign and convince voters of their suitability to represent them in the National Assembly.

As the drama unfolds in Niger State, political watchers and stakeholders are keenly observing how the supplementary election will play out. This turn of events serves as a reminder of the dynamic nature of politics and the need for continuous engagement and participation by the citizenry.

The verdict of the Election Tribunal is a significant development in the political landscape of Niger State. It sends a message to politicians and political parties that the rule of law and electoral integrity must be upheld at all times.

As the political parties gear up for the supplementary election, it is crucial for them to focus on issue-based campaigns, highlighting their plans and strategies to address the needs and aspirations of the constituents. This will ensure that the electorate makes an informed decision, leading to the emergence of the most deserving representative for Edati/Lavun/Mokwa Federal Constituency.

Overall, the decision of the Election Tribunal to remove Joshua Gana as the representative and order a supplementary election emphasizes the importance of upholding electoral laws and ensuring the fairness and transparency of the electoral process in Nigeria.

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