The Niger State National and State Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Minna, on Tuesday nullified the election of Murtala Badaru of the All Progressives Congress. He reprsents Suleja, in the Niger State House of Assembly.
Badaru’s election was challenged by Shaibu Iya, of the Peoples Democratic Party, on two grounds – certificate forgery and being underage. While the tribunal did not find Badaru guilty on the issue of forgery, it ruled that he had not attained the constitutional age of 30 that is required to be a lawmaker.
The Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Olatunde Oshodi, nullified the election and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct a fresh election within 90 days.
Counsel for Badaru, Mr Chris Osuagwu, told newsmen that his client would appeal the judgment.