The Kano state House of Assembly election petition tribunal has nullified the victory of Magaji Zarewa of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the rerun election of Rogo constituency held in January.
Globalgistng reports that Justice AM Yakubu, who presided over the tribunal on Friday, July 24, declared Jibril Falgore of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the duly elected member of Rogo constituency in the Kano state House of Assembly.
Falgore had challenged the legality and competence of Zarewa to contest in the election, arguing that he did not resign his position as the director-general of the Kano state drug and medical consumables supply agency 30 days before the election.
He said the Zarewa’s act contravened the provisions of the electoral act as amended.
Falgore also challenged the conduct of the entire election, insisting that there were irregularities.
In his judgment, Justice Yakubu said both the oral and written evidence adduced by the counsel for the petitioner and that of the respondents “satisfactorily proved that Magaji Dahiru Zarewa of the APC did not resign his position 30 days to the rerun election of Rogo constituency in the state House of Assembly.”
The tribunal also ordered INEC to present the certificate of return to Falgore, who was the first runner-up during the election.
Meanwhile, it was reported that the candidate of the APC for the September 19 gubernatorial election in Edo state, reportedly led Governor Godwin Obaseki, the flagbearer of the PDP in an online poll conducted by Ripples Nigeria.
It was reported that the online poll has 4,292 votes as at 7:14 pm on Wednesday, July 22. In the result, 48% of respondents said they will vote for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu while 46% picked Obaseki.
Reacting to the result, John Mayaki, the chairman of the Edo state APC media campaign council, said the poll was sponsored by Governor Godwin Obaseki to test his might.
Online polls are part of measures to gather data ahead of a major election in Nigeria and beyond.
It was, however, not clear if they are a reflection on the realities on ground, especially as it is not certain if the respondents are residents of Edo state.